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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©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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    Lucas Felipe Bastos Horta 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    Stop whatever you are doing and read/listen this book ! No doubt, it's taleb's finest!

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    Cristian Fermin 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    I Will read the complete trilogy...black swan is next for me . . . .

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    Patrick Lefler Far Hills, NJ United States 08-11-16
    Patrick Lefler Far Hills, NJ United States 08-11-16
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    "Great read! Couldn't put it down."

    Another classic read by Mr. Taleb. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I would recommend it to every one.

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    Fritalci 08-05-16
    Fritalci 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Angry and accurate writer"

    The author has a major chip on his shoulder. Though the material is fascinating, his anger turns the tone so sour that listening to the book became difficult and I had to only listen for thirty minutes at a time. Regarding the substance, brilliant and saddening. His rather accurate explanations are both relieving and saddening.

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    Thomas Jackson, MS, United States 08-03-16
    Thomas Jackson, MS, United States 08-03-16
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    "Enjoyed it thoroughly"

    Having previously read Mr. Taleb's last two books, I was prepared to have some of my most firmly-held beliefs challenged and I was not disappointed. It requires several readings or listenings, simply because it requires so much attention. Highly recommended.

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    Jeremy 07-31-16
    Jeremy 07-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The book changed the way I view life."

    The book changed the way I view life. Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of wealthy nations and academics take the credit. It feels as though we put a lot of money into higher education the should be used for entrepreneurs.

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    José Edil 07-31-16
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    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 Member Since 2017

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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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    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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