Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

Chris Clearfield András Tilcsik

RRP: £9.99

7 February 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492265

RRP: £4.99

5 April 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492258

Financial Times’ best business books of the year, 2018

‘Endlessly fascinating, brimming with insight, and more fun than a book about failure has any right to be.’ – Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

What can we learn from our most disastrous failures?

An accidental overdose in a state-of-the-art hospital.

The Starbucks publicity stunt that spectacularly backfired.

The mix-up at the 2017 Oscars ceremony.

As technology rapidly advances, it brings with it an explosion of complexity that can trip us up. Meltdown uses real-life examples to reveal how errors in thinking, perception, and design lie behind both our everyday mistakes and our most terrifying disasters. It reveals how a five-minute exercise can prevent billion-dollar catastrophes, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. This eye-opening book will change the way you see our complex world – and your place within it.

‘Essential reading.’ – Martin Ford, bestselling author of Rise of the Robots