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Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Tim Harford

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

The Undercover Economist takes on the world - the new book from global bestseller, Tim Harford.

Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong.

Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn and try again.

In this ground-breaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

From a spaceport in the Mojave Desert to the street battles of Iraq, from a blazing offshore drilling rig to everyday decisions in our business and personal lives, this is a handbook for surviving - and prospering - in our complex and ever-shifting world.

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Praise for Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

  • Tim Harford has done it again. An excellent book full of insight and surprise... I wish I had written this book. - Evan Davis

  • Tim Harford could well be Britain's Malcolm Gladwell. An entertaining mix of popular economics and psychology, this excellently written book contains fascinating stories of success and failure that will challenge your assumptions. Insightful and clever. - Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland

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Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.

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