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“Ambitious and thought-provoking . . . highly entertaining.”—The Economist
“A bold book explaining how and why we should embrace uncertainty, randomness, and error . . . It may just change our lives.”—Newsweek
“Revelatory . . . [Taleb] pulls the reader along with the logic of a Socrates.”—Chicago Tribune
“Startling . . . richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides . . . I will have to read it again. And again.”—Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal
“Trenchant and persuasive . . . Taleb’s insatiable polymathic curiosity knows no bounds. . . . You finish the book feeling braver and uplifted.”—New Statesman
“Antifragility isn’t just sound economic and political doctrine. It’s also the key to a good life.”—Fortune
“At once thought-provoking and brilliant.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Taleb] writes as if he were the illegitimate spawn of David Hume and Rev. Bayes, with some DNA mixed in from Norbert Weiner and Laurence Sterne. . . . Taleb is writing original stuff—not only within the management space but for readers of any literature—and . . . you will learn more about more things from this book and be challenged in more ways than by any other book you have read this year. Trust me on this.”—Harvard Business Review
“By far my favorite book among several good ones published in 2012. In addition to being an enjoyable and interesting read, Taleb’s new book advances general understanding of how different systems operate, the great variation in how they respond to unthinkables, and how to make them more adaptable and agile. His systemic insights extend very well to company-specific operational issues—from ensuring that mistakes provide a learning process to the importance of ensuring sufficient transparency to the myriad of specific risk issues.”—Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, Bloomberg
From the Hardcover edition.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent nearly two decades as a businessman and quantitative trader before becoming a full-time philosophical essayist and academic researcher in 2006. Although he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is “decision making under opacity”—that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don’t understand.
Taleb’s books have been published in thirty-three languages.
An entertaining read for the healthy skeptic. A must read for anyone who currently accepts the conventional wisdom of modern thinking. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Seinstein
A book you will read over and over again. No other way to summarize this.Published 7 months ago by David
The content of this book justifies the reader's indulgence with Taleb's ecclectic style. It is written heuristically to convey a heuristic message. Read morePublished 10 months ago by blarger
I'm 60 years old; what have I learned so far? Well, life is 95% hype and 5% substance. Nassim Taleb's writings fall within the 5%. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Norman J Kulmala
Not for people who don't want to think outside the box. This book has changed my life for sure.
I suppose that the reason this book isn't more widely hailed as a masterpiece is that it is eccentric. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nassim Taleb's latest work contains many useful antidotes in a subject he is well versed on, probability, as well as many potentially harmful antidotes in a subject he is not an... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2013 by Sean Bellamy McNulty