Books that remind us how easily we fall into error

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Being Wrong:  Adventures in the Margin of Error
1.  Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz
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  "superb description of both how good and how bad our thinking and believing is"
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Irrationality
2.  Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland
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  "A classic account of our irrational ways"
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The Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History
3.  The Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History by Robert Conquest
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  "How easily we have been wrong before"
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What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liberals Lost Their Way
4.  What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liberals Lost Their Way by Nick Cohen
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  "An author sheds his earlier illusions"
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Abolishing Performance Appraisals - Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead
5.  Abolishing Performance Appraisals - Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead by Coens
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  "How easily we can mismeasure others"
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The Mismeasure of Man
6.  The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen J Gould
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  "How easily measurements combined with prior prejudice mislead us"
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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful
7.  What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful by Marshall Goldsmith
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  "How little we know about our true self...until we have larnt from others"
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The Crowd & Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
8.  The Crowd & Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Gustave Le Bon
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  "We've been fooling ourselves for many years"
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Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour Are Letting Consultants Run Off with 70 Billion of Our Money
9.  Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour Are Letting Consultants Run Off with 70 Billion of Our Money by David Craig
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  "after all surely someone with a clipboard and a watch knows so much more about our processes than we do?"
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How to Lie with Statistics (Penguin Business)
10.  How to Lie with Statistics (Penguin Business) by Darrell Huff
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  "At least 50% of us are below average at spotting our errors"
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Failing to Figure: Whitehall's Costly Neglect of Statistical Reasoning
11.  Failing to Figure: Whitehall's Costly Neglect of Statistical Reasoning by Mervyn Stone
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  "Sadly many of those in the lower 50% are in Whitehall!"
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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
12.  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
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  "There's a certain pattern to our irrationality"
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