The Wisdom of Crowds

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Anchor Books, 2005 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
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In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

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User Review  - Krishna Kumar - Goodreads

James Surowiecki's “The Wisdom of Crowds” is about a simple concept: The collective judgment of many people in the right circumstances can be consistently better than even the experts in the crowd ... Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

This book was given to me as part of a training class at work a few years ago. At the time I only read the assigned chapters and put the book on my shelf intending to finish it at some point. Well, I ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

James Surowiecki is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes the popular business column, “The Financial Page.” His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Wired, and Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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