The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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...“The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits...
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In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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“Sharp, provocative, and useful.”—Jim Collins
 
“Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.”—Financial Times
 
“A flat-out great read.”—David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
 
“You’ll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way.”—Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
 
“Entertaining . . . enjoyable . . . fascinating . . . a serious look at the science of habit formation and change.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Cue: see cover. Routine: read book. Reward: fully comprehend the art of manipulation.”—Bloomberg Businessweek
 
“Absolutely fascinating.”—Wired

“A fresh examination of how routine behaviors take hold and whether they are susceptible to change . . . The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.”— Associated Press
 
“There’s been a lot of research over the past several years about how our habits shape us, and this work is beautifully described in the new book The Power of Habit.”—David Brooks, The New York Times
 
“A first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.”—The Economist
 
“I have been spinning like a top since reading The Power of Habit, New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg’s fascinating best-seller about how people, businesses and organizations develop the positive routines that make them productive—and happy.”—The Washington Post




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About Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He is a winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards, and was part of a team of finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Frontline. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Power Of Habit
All: 18 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Dec 15 2011

Even with such varied exemplars, the skilled narrative remains accessible.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Timothy D. Wilson on Mar 09 2012

...“The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits...

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Dr Joseph S Maresca on Jul 01 2013

The presentation is easy to read and the contents are written well. This book will appear to a large constituency in academe, government and in private industry.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Maugh on Apr 09 2012

Duhigg sometimes oversimplifies his explanations and some examples, such as the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, seem to strain credibility a bit.

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The Economist

Excellent
Apr 07 2012

Minor gripes aside, this is a first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.

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Oregon Live

Above average
Reviewed by The Oregonian on Mar 10 2012

"The Power of Habit" is chock-full of interesting and arresting information...Duhigg includes practical advice as well.

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Business Week

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Rosenwald on Mar 15 2012

Duhigg misses an opportunity for a deep discussion of the obvious converse of the Pepsodent experiment: brands that profit by encouraging self-destructive habits like drinking, smoking, or gambling.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Allison on Apr 08 2012

But overall, "The Power of Habit". . . makes a compelling case about a pervasive but little-known aspect of how we operate as humans, businesses and societies.

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Seeking Alpha

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Boyer on May 14 2012

Another profound lesson from the Power of Habit is that habits are malleable.

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CNN Money

Excellent
Reviewed by Allan Sloan on Mar 16 2012

On the whole, the book is a good and educational read, which is what matters.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Associated Press on Mar 05 2012

The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.

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Inc.

Excellent
Reviewed by Leigh Buchanan on Feb 28 2012

Duhigg interviewed more than 300 scientists and executives and consulted many academic studies.

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Schaumburg Township District Library

Excellent
Mar 20 2012

At its core, The Power of Habit contains a exhilarating argument. . .

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The Why Files

Below average
Reviewed by David Tenenbaum on Apr 13 2012

There’s just a small flaw. It’s not a book about habits so much as an exploration of learning, motivation, relationship and social customs.

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The Book Lady's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Schinsky on Apr 05 2012

If you like your nonfiction with a side of “does this have practical applications?” you don’t want to miss The Power of Habit.

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The Bluestocking Society

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on May 07 2012

. . .it felt a little disjointed at times, in that some of the stories and case studies had a somewhat tenuous link to habits.

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John Brown

Good
Reviewed by John Brown on May 01 2012

If you’re interested in forming the habits of a class, team, company, or family; if you want to change some of your own habits; if you’re interested in knowing why we do what we do and enjoy the style of Malcom Gladwell and Dan and Chip Heath, then I think you’ll love this book.

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Kate of Mind

Good
Reviewed by Kate Sherrod on Apr 23 2012

Whether you're seeking to make changes yourself. . .or just interested in how other people do it, this is a good read for curious people.

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