What We Are Reading Today: The Perfect Weapon by David Sanger

Updated 14 August 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Perfect Weapon by David Sanger

  • This is a nice summary of the current situation around cyberwar from an American perspective

The Perfect Weapon consists largely of the retelling of cyberattack incidents that have previously been in the news over the past ten years. 

According to Paul Pillar’s review in the Times, David Sanger’s book is “an encyclopedic account of policy-relevant happenings in the cyberworld (that) stays firmly grounded in real events.”

A review in goodreads.com said the book offers “a stunning and incisive look into how cyber warfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.”

Reported and written with unprecedented access by New York Times chief Washington correspondent and bestselling author Sanger, The Perfect Weapon takes readers inside war rooms and boardrooms to give the deep-background story of the increasingly pitched battle between nations, their governments, their cyber warriors, and their corporations.

“This is a nice summary of the current situation around cyberwar from an American perspective. This is a scary world where large state players are increasingly intruding US targets,” said  the review.


What We Are Reading Today: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Updated 15 September 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. 

Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities — and also the faults and biases — of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior, according to a review published on goodreads.com.

The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home — each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, the author reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. 

He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives — and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.