Duhigg has a gift for asking just the right question, and then igniting the same curiosity in the rest of us. In Smarter Faster Better he finds provocative answers to a riddle of our age.

Jim Collins, #1 bestselling author of Good to Great and Built to Last

As he did in The Power of Habit, Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens.

Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

Duhigg uses engaging storytelling to highlight fascinating research and core principles that we can all learn and use in our daily lives. A masterful must-read for anyone who wants to get more (and more creative) stuff done.

David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

About the Author

Charles Duhigg is a reporter at The New York Times. He studied history at Yale University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2013, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for a series about Apple names “The iEconomy”. He also contributed to a New York Times series about the 2008 financial crisis, how companies take advantage of the elderly and national violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Related Reading

How Companies Learn Your Secrets Charles Duhigg, New York Times

Smarter Faster Better May Make You All of Those Things Joel Stein, Bloomberg Businessweek


I had family members who had to drive to the Detroit Airport the morning after the crash of Northwest Flight 255, the plane crash infamous for both a sole survivor, and the cockpit crew's fatal mistake: not using the runway taxi "checklist" to extend the plane's wing flaps. Monday morning the wreckage was still visible by the side of the road. Duhigg's essays and observations in Smarter Faster Better-- including another look at Air France Flight 477's more recent oceanic crash and the "cognitive tunneling" that lead to another avoidable tragedy--are the kind that you will feel compelled to share with others. The various motivational strategies and theories, you may want to test in your own life. Whether it's a look at how the Frozen movie team rescued their storyline, or a good explanation of why professional poker players bet when an individual Texas Hold'Em hand's odds are only 20% favorable, fans of Gladwell, Gawande, and Thinking Fast and Slow will all enjoy this well researched book.

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  • Every choice we make in life is an experiment.
  • By developing a habit of telling ourselves stories about what’s going on around us, we learn to sharpen where our attention goes.
  • The choices that are most powerful in generating motivation, in other words, are decisions that do two things: They convince us we’re in control and they endow our actions with larger meaning.

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