The book becomes a bit of a rant in places, but the points he makes are far closer to truth than the prevailing practices and/or "conventional wisdom."
Taleb is fascinating and probably a genius, but sometimes listening to this I kinda wish he would chill about that and stick to the story. However, in making his points it does seem that it would be much harder to do it any other way.
Definitely worth the read. Highly recommended if you want to think hard about how the world works.
Excellent thinker. Sometimes strays into fields he doesn't know. Less compelling when he's talking about engineering units and more compelling when he's talking systems and risk management.
This book has so many ideas and interesting concepts.
Except he can't say 'modernity' it's great
Nope, far too long and to many ideas.
I really tried to give this book a chance I have done several economic and technical books using this format but I just could not finish this one. He strokes his ego ad nauseum and he is light on statistics.
"Adventures in brewing" by the guy from Dogfish.
This guy was so busy patting himself on the back he did not touch on his technical analysis in enough depth for me. I was annoyed with him.
I love audio books and have been a member for a number of years and this is the first book with an annoying beep over words that someone decided I should not hear... So in this case not better because I don't think they are censoring print yet
I really find it strange that a book of this calibre that anyone would feel the need for the language police
a humble scholar of the ancients...
Antifragile is like a solid compass for a lifelong journey!
Real, blended with experience, simple and powerful!
Simple and powerful!
very very good! well narrated with emotion, I could feel the author speaking to me!
This book would have been 100x better if it hadn't been written by a self-absorbed, pompous ass.
This book is amazingly hard to rate. Anti-fragility is a great idea, probably one of the better ideas of the last 10 years or so. However, Mr. Taleb believes he is the Most Interesting Man in the World, and has a "I know better than you attitude" that borders on the absurd.
yes. Just to make sure i absorb as much as possible
not so much one specific line or paragraph but rather a sentiment spread through the book. The book points the middle finger at economists that think they are smart enough to plan out economic policy.
"I'd rather be dumb and antifragile then smart and fragile"
I enjoyed "Fooled by Randomness" and the "Black Swan". Although the same ingredients are on display here, they fail to gel, and some of the less appealing ones, such as Taleb's endless delight at his own self-perceived cleverness and his contempt for generic classes of people (bankers, academics) dominate. The book is devoted to an abstract concept, antifragility, which he uses as a theme to link random observations together. The thematic linkage doesn't succeed, there is no research, the thinking is shallow, the conclusions either trivial or unconvincing, and the main message throughout is "look how much smarter I am than everyone else". Better to read one of his earlier books again; he seems to have run out of things to say, but hasn't realized it.