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.
It is a great book and the data is well laid out.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for some clarity on world events.