Abu Dhabi, UAE
That would not be possible.
There are no other books in this genre.
There is more original thinking on each page of this book than can be found in most libraries.
We predict trivia (implying we shouldn't be, but instead put some effort into coping with the antifragile events in life).
It provides answers to the issues brought up by The Black Swan, but you need not read TBS to gain from this book.
Haven't finished yet, but the basic premise of the book is what has "grabbed" me thus far (I plod slowly through books like this, but it makes it more helpful that way).
Thank you for bleeping the profanity. (I would've preferred silence to a beep, though.)
Taleb has been my favorite author the past 3 years running. I found this latest piece to be another well thought through, consequential, mind bender in the tradition of his previous Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness instalments. My only misgivings with this present work is his medical assertions e.g. describing ADHD kids as needing to be let out of their cage, or his experience of overcoming a back injury without needing surgery. For anyone in my field these arguments erode his credibility as much as Jenny McCarthy claiming immunizations cause autism. He would have been well served to discuss his medical ideas with my peers prior to putting pen to paper or stick to examples from his field of expertise in finance. Otherwise, another bloody good book!
I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It deals with a difficult subject honestly and prompted me to think about the issues surrounding quality of life. Be warned, not a book to read on public transport unless you don't mind having an emotional melt down in public!!
I listen to learn, gain new perspectives, and grow
The fictional Characters in the book might throw you off at first, but as the book moves along it really helps you follow his talking points and makes the book very enjoyable given it relatively dry subject matter
Very well read!
The majority of the book goes over blind spots or subjective fallacies that the majority of the population holds. He makes you aware of these blinds spots in a very methodical way using great examples that will definitively stick with you.
Three general thoughts about this book:
1. It was generally interesting (although not concise), and made me think about investments in new ways.
2. He claims that his "antifragile" idea is so original, there is no word for it in any of the major languages. The problem with this claim is that any serious student of the Bible will recognize his "new" idea as the old "refiner's fire." Difficulties and hardships help us to grow and improve.
3. It would be better to read this book. LIstening when driving in traffic makes it difficult to give it the level of concentration it deserves.
Finally, he must have been dropped on his head by an academic when he was a baby. He has a level of animosity towards them that makes me grin, but seems unjustified.
Even if I had anything negative to say about this book (which I don't), those negative things would further draw your attention to this book!
There were a lot of comparisons to the markets of today I liked.
Nero and Fat Tony's views of the current economic situation.
Yes, it made me re-evaluate my thinking about the world and how I can better myself by living a less risky life by having the right KIND of risk.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the author promotes his profession as a writer more than I cared to hear.
physicist, 65 yo, interested in general science, history, philosophy, good fiction, atheism, business, economy, war
no substance. no analysis. no deepening. just repetitions and platitudes.
disappointment. waste of time and money.
I was motivated to by buy the book by an interview with Mr. Taleb in "The Economist"
Say something about yourself!
I've read all his books and, like all the others, I feel lost for the first chapter and then... it starts to click and I understand what he's talking about. Really interesting smack down of economic icons and I couldn't agree more. "Skin in the game" doesn't guarantee good results but it does keep one honest. I highly recommend this book but, unfortunately the politicians who need to read this probably won't.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has an abrasive personality which comes through very strongly in his writing. A lot of people will be turned off by that, but if you can get past that and really listen to his ideas you will be rewarded with well though out ideas that are presented in an easy to understand way. His books should not be considered light reading, you will need to spend time thinking about them to digest the ideas! I love his books and look forward to each new one. You may not agree with everything he says but his books will get your juices flowing and get you thinking. What more can you ask for from a book?