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Antifragile Audiobook

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some things actually benefit from disorder.

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. The antifragile is immune to prediction errors. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is everything that is both modern and complicated bound to fail? The audiobook spans innovation by trial and error, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are heard loud and clear.

Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.

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©2012 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[This] is the lesson of Taleb...and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point)

"[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne." (The Wall Street Journal)

"The most prophetic voice of all.... [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher...someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone." (GQ)

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    José Edil 07-31-16
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    "Blazingly hot"

    Excellent book and excellent narrator. Taleb establishes a framework for making decisions based on what actually works in real life.

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    Yaqan Zine Pensacola, FL United States 07-29-16
    Yaqan Zine Pensacola, FL United States 07-29-16

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    "Insightful book; don't be Fragile re: the tone"

    First, ignore all ad hominem remarks about the author. That's all just noise, and it's laughable that people are so distracted by it. I wonder if Taleb didn't do that to you on purpose. Jokes on you if you let that distract you from the message.

    The message is an incredibly valuable one. It provides very simple, useful, "heuristic" to quickly evaluate information and decisions in your life.

    If you're on the fence, get this book.

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    DaveW 07-16-16
    DaveW 07-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellence"

    Excellent writing that forces one to challenge their beliefs. But the performance with bleeps is annoying

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    Judd 07-07-16
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    "Amazing! Significant! Massive!"

    An amazing book on practical philosophy. This book is packed from start to finish with useful concepts that you've probably never heard of. An entire handbook of rules of thumb and perspectives on topics that will make you want to apply them to your life ASAP.

    It'll likely change the way you look at everything, giving you new standards to judge things by that you never would have considered, or only vaguely felt instinctively. Antifragile adds a new layer to your thinking you won't let go of, and helps you shed other ways of thinking that aren't useful or are actually harmful.

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    Phineas Mark Sugar Land, TX 07-03-16
    Phineas Mark Sugar Land, TX 07-03-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of my favorite books, Better than Black Swan"

    Not really about anything in particular, just a long series of rants that describe the cranky author's alluring worldview. More of a philosophy book than a business book, I will read this again.

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    Nick the Sagacious 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Self aggrandization & Hypocrisy; a must read!"

    Nassim Taleb is a self assured fellow.... or at least he portrays himself that way.

    In one sentence he can make himself sound amazing, call many people out, insult them in a why that insults himself in the same way (while be completely ignorant of this) AND introduce a new idea or way of thinking about something that is totally original. The last part makes the whole thing worth listening to.

    I don't buy all of what he's selling but he is selling a lot and Joe Ochman is a great narrator. Buy this one and enjoy what you can and leave the rest.

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    Anton Van Houcke 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring if you can stomach the verbal violence"

    The author's core idea it's very interesting and its consequences are far reaching. The narrator does a very reasonable job with all the dark sarcasm, righteous anger and difficult words in the book. It's a must-read if you can handle the language.

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    Donald F. Lee III 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Challenging, solid listen"

    A challenging book (in a good way) especially if you're listening while doing something else. Would recommend to anyone. Narrator was perfect.

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    Jacob 06-17-16
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    "Probably Most Important Book I've Ever Read."

    Book filled with truth and simple ideas. No boring parts. Will re-read soon. Thanks Taleb.

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    Amazon Customer Northern California 06-12-16
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    "Are you Robust, Fragile or Anti-fragile?"

    Worth your money and your time. Good points on how to lead a better life.

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