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Interesting but not Original
on 27 August 2011
I read this book right after "Irrationality" by Stuart Sutherland, by coincidence, so was a bit surprised that both books cover much of the same ground and use many of the same examples, but draw rather different conclusions.
Burkeman's book has quite a nice style, and is quite funny and a little irreverent, without actually being rude. It's an interesting read, but I doubt it will make you even slightly happier or help you get a bit more done! it's far more a parody of self help books - and interesting for being so - than any kind of guide to life.
However it's quite a nice read and doesn't feel like a waste of time. Just be aware that the same experimental evidence can be interpreted far differently, as in Sutherland's book, so nothing is really being proven.