44 pages 1 hour read

Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Nonfiction | Biography | Adult | Published in 2016

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Chapter 3 Summary: “The Insider”

Lewis shifts the spotlight to Amos Tversky. The chapter starts with Amnon Rapoport, who later became one of Amos’s closest friends, remembering the first time he ever met Amos, in line to compete for a spot at Hebrew University’s growing psychology department. Amnon recalls that at the time, Amos was a “small, baby-faced soldier. He looked about fifteen but he wore, almost absurdly, the high, rubber-soled boots and crisp uniform and red beret of the Israeli paratrooper” (87). This was Amos, the outspoken, magnetic extrovert. Amos was Israeli through and through, loyal to the nation’s causes and intent on proving that he possessed the necessary bravery to defend it. During his teenage years, Amos joined the Nahal, or “Fighting Pioneer Youth,” which motivated him to volunteer as a paratrooper, which in turn led to him becoming a platoon commander.

Amos was fully invested in his commitment as a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, until he began his career in academia. He decided to pursue psychology as a field of study, and from that point on he pulled at every thread imaginable, so long as the topic interested him. Like Danny, he was interested in people and what made them tick.