A guide to logical thinking and alalysis of data that should be required reading for everyone. Covers somewhat different territory from that first plowed by Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics, but just as insightful.
I enjoyed the book when I listened to it in in 2013 and again in 2017. it ages very well. timeless observations throughout book
I've read many, and this one is the best- by far. Don't shy away because of the length, it's all good stuff even if you don't care for baseball.
A well-known and excellent book on human cognition and the ability to discern cogent information from a flood of data, and how the intersection of these topics help and hinder efforts to predict events. The book is a nice compliment to a handful of others on cognitive bias, heuristics, behavioral economics, and forecasting (see famous books by Kahneman, Tetlock, and Thaler), and though each subject area is distinct enough on its own, they bleed over into one another and understanding each, in turn, allows a fuller understanding of the rest. Silver, famous for his site FiveThirtyEight acquired by ESPN, offers a number of portraits of areas where prediction is practiced to varying success. He clearly has the most extensive knowledge of sports (especially baseball), poker, and politics -- areas where he made his name. However, I felt the book truly shined when he approached other areas like weather, earthquakes, climate change, economics, and terrorism. Using these areas that we all hear about often allowed him to highlight successful strategies to better prediction, as well as underscore the pitfalls that many "experts" fall for. An educational and entertaining read, well worth the time.
top 5 books i've listened to on audible
similar to Tactics in that it gives an approach to reason through information
The stories were interesting. Yet I was expecting more explanations, tips, hints on how to filter signal from the noise. The conclusion- it is hardly possible.
Scary and useful. Necessary to read to understand our world. Well written with some necessary repeats.