BETTER BY MISTAKE: THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF BEING WRONG by Alina Tugend [Review]

Better By Mistake

While I was a little skeptical to start reading a quasi self help book, before I was even a quarter of the way through with BETTER BY MISTAKE, I realized that I could really, REALLY benefit from what Alina Tugend had to tell me.

That being said, the title is a little misleading. While Tugend does go into how being wrong is a way to learn and to grow as a person, there are also chapters in the book that are dedicated to the mistakes of different areas of the world.

For example, there is a chapter that goes on to talk about the mistakes of the aviation and medical industries. While it’s nice to know that even large industries like this can make mistakes, it didn’t seem like anything that could help ME, which is the type of book that I thought I was getting into.

Then we move onto gender difference and cultural stereotypes, etc. And while all of this was very interesting, I wanted to know more about how making mistakes pertained to my everyday life. I make A LOT of mistakes, and how are they benefiting me? Why is it good for me to make these blunders?

This was touched on a little, but overall, it seemed that Better By Mistake was a way to look at the world and different case studies as an entirety, and how the mistakes of these areas can affect the world around us.

I’m not saying it was a bad book, in fact, I quite enjoyed it, but I would have liked to have been a little more prepared with the subject matter before I began.

Would I recommend this book? Of course. I learned a great deal from Better By Mistake, Tugend lays things out in a way that makes it easy to understand, and easy to read. I never once felt like I was struggling to get through a medical paper or listening to someone spout some psychological dribble.

Better by Mistake is well written, however, may not be for everyone.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Riverhead | Pages: 304 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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  • http://amckiereads.com/ Amy

    This sounds interesting but not quite what you were expecting, too bad!