Science writer Jonah Lehrer has a short but useful piece in the Wall Street Journal where he recommends five must-read books on irrational decision-making.
Lehrer is well placed to be making recommendations as he’s recently been completely immersed in the science of decision-making to write his newly released book How We Decide.
The five books he recommends are:
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay.
Judgment Under Uncertainty by Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic and Amos Tversky
How We Know What Isn’t So by Thomas Gilovich
The Winner’s Curse by Richard H. Thaler
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
All of which I can also heartily recommend, except The Winner’s Curse, but simply because I’m not familiar with it.
By the way, the first book that Lehrer recommends was published in 1841 and is freely available online.