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The Wisdom of Crowds


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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.


What the crowd is saying about "The Wisdom of Crowds" ""The Wisdom of Crowds" is dazzling. It is one of those books that will turn your world upside down. It's an adventure story, a manifesto, and the most brilliant book on business, society, and everyday life that I've read in years."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The Tipping Point ""Most crowds of readers would agree that Jim Surowiecki is one of the most interesting journalists working today. Now he has written a book that will exceed even their expectations. Anyone open to rethinking their most basic assumptions--people who enjoyed "The Tipping Point," say--will love this book."--Michael Lewis, author of "Moneyball." "This book should be in every thinking businessperson's library. Without exception. At a time when corporate leaders have shown they're not always deserving of our trust, James Surowiecki has brilliantly revealed that we can trust each other. That we count. That our collective effort is far more important than the lofty predictions of those CEO-kings we have worshipped for too long." --Po Bronson, author of "What Should I Do With My Life?" "Jim Surowiecki has done the near impossible. He's taken what in other hands would be a dense and difficult subject and given us a book that is engaging, surprising, and utterly persuasive. "The Wisdom of Crowds" will change the way you think about markets, economics, and a large swatch of everyday life."--Joe Nocera, editorial director of "Fortune" magazine and author of "A Piece of the Action." "It has become increasingly recognized that the average opinions of groups is frequently more accurate than most individuals in the group. As a special case, economists have spoken of the role of markets in assembling dispersed information. The author has written a most interesting survey of the many studies in this area and discussed the limits as well as the achievements of self-organization."--Kenneth Arrow, winne

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