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Journalist James Surowiecki examines the correlation between good looks and stature with success in business and leadership roles, as explored in the story about baseball player Billy Beane’s “good face” in the Michael Lewis book “Moneyball.”
This excerpt was taken from a program titled “Talent and Context in a Random World,” featuring James Surowiecki. It was recorded in collaboration with the New Yorker Festival, on October 2, 2010.
James Surowiecki has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2000 and writes the magazine’s Financial Page. His book, “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations,” was published in 2004.