I picked up The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli from WH Smith’s in Heathrow as I had run out of reading matter.
I should have know better.
Anything that shouts at you from the cover “the million copy bestseller” should be treated with extreme suspicion. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t bother getting it. I found it highly annoying. It consists of three to four-page chapters filled with platitudes, or things that – on the surface – initially seem interesting, but are then let down by a trite, uninspired treatment by Dobelli.
If you are looking for clear thought, you won’t be finding it here. Why did I get it? I must have been bored. Or in a daze. Or both.
Dobelli touches topics that have been discussed by others in a more interesting fashion, such as Atul Gawande in The Checklist Manifesto, Complications or Better, Dan Gardner in Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons in The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us or James Reason in Human Error, all of which I can thoroughly recommend.
Sorry, Rolf, had to be said… and after all, this is merely my opinion.