Frank describes how, in a world increasingly dominated by winner-take-all markets, chance opportunities and trivial initial advantages often translate into much larger ones - and enormous income differences - over time; how false beliefs about luck persist, despite compelling evidence against them; and how myths about personal success and luck shape individual and political choices in harmful ways.
But, Frank argues, we could decrease the inequality driven by sheer luck by adopting simple, unintrusive policies that would free up trillions of dollars each year - more than enough to fix our crumbling infrastructure, expand healthcare coverage, fight global warming, and reduce poverty, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone. If this sounds implausible, you'll be surprised to discover that the solution requires only a few, uncontroversial steps.
Compellingly listenable, Success and Luck shows how a more accurate understanding of the role of chance in life could lead to better, richer, and fairer economies and societies.
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By Andre on 18-04-2017
Not what is advertised
What did you like best about Success and Luck? What did you like least?
The author seems to be a well educated person and has a point
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I feel the book is not as is advertised. The myth of meritocracy is argued in order to pursue the hidden agenda of this book and that is to champion the new idea of Consumption Tax.
Do you think Success and Luck needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No follow up required.
Any additional comments?
Not at all what was expected.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
By sheetal on 17-04-2017
Luck and Meritocracy
This is a smart book talking about luck and meritocracy with fun examples. The only thing that dint make sense is a lot of tax examples which in my opinion makes it hard to understand the concept of luck and does not quite fit well with the books title.
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By Eliezer on 12-08-2016
very eye opening to life and success
it was good to learn but I don't see luck the same way. I see luck to be, the ability to able to the luck in front of you.
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By Kirsteen on 24-01-2017
An academic look at Luck and Success in Life
I enjoyed listening to this book. I have always been interested in exploring the occurrence of Luck in my life so I enjoy books about Luck. This is a more academic angle on the subject than I had expected but I still found it interesting. I also enjoyed that it was written in a level of language that I had no trouble understanding. A lot of the conclusions were things I would readily agree with. I enjoyed the anecdotes of coincidences and Luck in the author's life and it was interesting to learn about the Progressive Consumption Tax.