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?
Yes, I need too.
The Drunkards Walk
Black Swan (of course)
I must have. They all read better than I do.
His overall strength of purpose and his wellingness to tell some "want to bees" to kiss off was good for him .
Listen and observe.
I might listen to some parts that I want to 'go over' again. Most of the book is relative easy but some ideas worth a second visit.
The black swan is similar in the way of telling the ideas using stories.
Fat Tony from Brooklyn.
The definition of Anti-fragility and consideration of this new concept in a wide range of contexts.
The logical definition of a vastly under-appreciated concept followed by persuasive examples of the many contexts in which it apples, including human physiology, biology more broadly, investment decisions, and macro-economics.
Robustness is not the opposite of fragility.
Almost impossible to apply the author's findings to a practical application.
Total waste of my money!
I love Taleb’s idea of Antifragile. Embrace systems that will thrive in random events which would damage fragile ones. Taleb is clearly well educated in a variety subjects; I love his talent for finding the patterns of ideas shared by mythology, business, architecture, biology, mathematics, etc. I also enjoyed learning some new $50 words (e.g. “iatrogenics”).
However, I am giving the Story a score of two because Taleb’s cool idea does not overcome his desperate need for an Editor … and if he had an Editor for this one, then he should have taken that Editor’s advice. This book is a train wreck of engaging ideas tangled in a run-on sentence of satirical, back-handed shots at his critics (i.e. “so called experts”). An Editor could help him distill out his great ideas and insights from this chaff of insults that he should save for his blog.
I am giving the narrator Joe Ochman five stars for his Performance. He did an amazing job of capturing Taleb’s insulting, sometimes whiny, and slightly arrogant tone that flavored the text … at least the first half (I couldn’t take it anymore and gave up in the second part of the book).
Taleb makes same argument over and over again. except this time he is more impressed with himself.