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Interview: Michael Lewis—What’s wrong with Trump’s mind

"American life has always had this kind of moronic inferno quality to it"

By Jay Elwes   February 2017

Michael-Lewis-(c)-Tabitha-Soren_webRead John Kay’s review of Lewis’s The Undoing Project

“Donald Trump is this walking embodiment of faith in his gut,” said Michael Lewis (pictured below). “He thinks his first step, his first impulse, is always right then tells the story afterward—no matter what happened—how it was right.” Lewis was in London to discuss The Undoing Project (reviewed here by John Kay), which examines the work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, the Israeli-American psychologists whose insights laid the foundations of behavioural economics. Central to their thinking was the idea that assumptions—gut instincts—can…

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