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.
loved it but thought that possibility hammered the point home a bit to hard. really think this is a book all should read
I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I look for in non-fiction books: a clear story line, well researched content, a plethora of surprising new insights (to me at least). I liked the author's style and had a feeling that a lot of work had been put into every detail of this book. I felt in good hands through the whole book it's right up there with Freakonomics, Outliers and Money ball - entertaining, informative and surprising.
I liked the professional gambler. His house sounded cool and who doesn't like a guy who earns millions from watching sports on tv....
The part about earth quakes, although they are largely unpredictable they still follow a pattern...
And the bayesian stuff. It was really explained very well although it is hard to understand.
I would recommend anyone who enjoy well researched well written science based non-fiction to read this
A decent book. A little too much on the housing bubble, and a little too much of Silver shilling for his blog, 538. There were a few good chapters: one on baseball, one on chess, and a good introduction to Bayes' Theorem. However, the lead up to the best part of the book (the second half) was entirely too much noise.
The narrator reads this book like a news story. He is dry and unemotional, and often chooses to end his sentences with a strange inflection. For a book of this length it gets tiresome pretty fast.
a must read to gain perspective on the news and all the claims made by "experts"
too much water. overall this book lacks organization. there would be a single point made and then that point would be supported by an example in baseball, weather or market forecasting for the next 2 hours. as much as I love stories there's way more trivia in this book than it reasonably should allow. points are reiterated *a lot*. everything that the book says could be said and shown in a 20 pages essay.