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Luca

physicist, 65 yo, interested in general science, history, philosophy, good fiction, atheism, business, economy, war

uitikon, Switzerland | Member Since 2006

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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (650)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "very disappointed."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nassim Nicholas Taleb and/or Joe Ochman?

    never


    What was most disappointing about Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s story?

    no substance. no analysis. no deepening. just repetitions and platitudes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. waste of time and money.


    Any additional comments?

    I was motivated to by buy the book by an interview with Mr. Taleb in "The Economist"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: Why We Should Have Won

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Lyons
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Dan Lyons resigned as Dean of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington to become the free world's leading advocate of winning the war in Vietnam, visiting there 17 times between 1963 and 1975. His 500 daily radio and TV broadcasts, plus his nationwide weekly columns and debates on college campuses, reached millions every week for 12 years. In this book, he presents a brilliant exposé of why we lost the war, and why and how we should have won.

    Luca says: "Just cheap, very cheap GOP propaganda"
    "Just cheap, very cheap GOP propaganda"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Lyons again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    in a nutshell: "god wanted america to win the war. unfortunately some liberals sabotaged his design"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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