The concept and philosophy of NNT is of life changing proportions and provides a perspective which can be put into practice immediately. However, this book should appeal and be related by the very rational and reasonable people that Taleb mocks in his diatribe. It wouldn't harm Mr. Taleb to be a little humble and consider a possibility that negligence of black swan is hard wired into human psyche which has, in evolutionary terms, spent much of its time in Mediocristan. If Mr Taleb appreciates this, probably his message could be read by a larger audience and potentially change more minds and lives.
While Taleb has a famously abrasive personality, his writing on risk is captivating and indispensable.
The book no doubts introduces very crucial and important information, the type that you need to well comprehend before you enter the trading words and count on analysts and forecasters.
Yet, the concept is basically simple and short. I do believe this book can take more than 3-5 pages at most. I believe that the author introduced the concept in short words then spent 95% of the book to convince the audience.
i believe if you have read the first couple of chapters and understood the concept then you can safely skip the rest of the book, don't hesitate.
It's a true and valid problem that is brought out here but clear solutions for it are rather vague. Great read nevertheless.
Nassim Taleb did an excellent job discussing how pattern analysis can be detrimental to future performance. This book was required for a couple of my graduate courses. Taleb presents the information in an easy to read format, but the information can be quite sense at times. Even when the information was dense, the underlying concept was easy to grasp. This is an excellent book that will remain in my personal library.
If the author didn't hold himself in such great esteem at the great cost of everyone else. I think the narrator does well in conveying the author's hubris and disdain for the rest of us - although this does not make it more bearable to listen to.
Uncertain. I would definitely preview anything read by this narrator to ensure that his voice is not consistent with the reading of this text.
My biggest problem with the book is that I do think that there are some very good ideas buried in it, but they are hard to get to through all the scorn. I wanted to like this. But at the halfway point, I am probably giving up on it.