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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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    "This is a really great book"

    This book guides very through many things that benifit through chaos. i still havent figured out how to download the pdf with the charts yet. if anyone knows id greatly appreciate it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ghardy 10-22-17
    ghardy 10-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dry humour I like so I laughed.. "

    great info! well worth the read cover to cover, a bit stiff in its delivery with unnecessary reference to random personal preferences.

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    Jacob 10-11-17
    Jacob 10-11-17
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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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    Viktor 09-18-17
    Viktor 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Antifragility is a very interesting concept"

    But there is too much negativity in the story. Quite some of it exaggerated at the very least.

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    Mark 09-07-17
    Mark 09-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What Do We Really Really Know?"

    This is a great book. It has changed my thinking and inspired me to seek anti-fragility.

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    Kristine M Plunkett 09-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "only dead fish follow the stream"

    Thought provoking ideas and examples of how attempts to control discomfort and chaos lead to even bigger problems.

    The message is clearly a manifesto challenge to lead a more authentic life and look beyond the surface in words, thoughts and actions.

    I will be listening to the book again and may purchase a hard copy to scribble notes.

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    markofu 08-19-17
    markofu 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought-provoking, contrarian, excellent."

    Taleb is most definitely not for everyone and I can appreciate that many find him too "full of his own shit" to stomach but I can't get enough of his books and writings. He comes across as angry and is definitely contrarian but he cuts through the bullshit. Taleb calls mistaken beliefs and biases out while, more importantly, providing solutions and better ways of thinking and living.

    Key takeaways for me were:

    1) Subtraction over addition, which I've not thought of before, but makes so much sense, especially on health. Interestingly the concept of subtraction and eschewing intervention had a lot of overlap with Gawande's "Mortal" book, e.g. on many occasions, medical intervention makes the patient live a worse life than what would've happened if nature had been left alone.
    2) Don't trust/believe others with no "skin in the game". Many of the so-called experts have no skin and are guilty of transferring fragility to others so they never have a downside.
    3) If you need more than one reason to do something, then you probably shouldn't do it as you're simply looking for justification.
    4) Invest in people (h/t VCs I guess :) ).

    Overall, Antifragile made me think about multiple aspects of my life from investments to work to family, even regarding workouts, in new ways while reassuring me on some changes I've made to both diversify and move out of my comfort circle.

    Loved this book :)

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    Aaron Williams 08-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "yep, skin and yes don't be fooled."

    This book will take 2 readings a year for several years plenty of principals to apply.

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    Michael 08-17-17
    Michael 08-17-17
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    "Great book but it is being censored! It is beeping"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Antifragile to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I would be interested to know if it is also censored.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I love the ideas put out in this book and find it ironic that it is being censored.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Ochman’s performance?

    His performance was fine. The beeping of swear words is unnecessary as this book is primarily focused at adults.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had many thoughts and ideas that I had thought of on my own previously but the censorship bothered me.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, if a book is going to be censored it should be noted as such in the description.

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    Byron Diel 08-13-17
    Byron Diel 08-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential"

    I'll go out on a limb and declare this to be the most important book of the postmodern age. Still digesting. Genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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