- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Random House (Nov. 27 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400067820
- ISBN-13: 978-1400067824
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Hardcover – Nov 27 2012
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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
About the Author
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.
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Too many reviewers spend time focusing on the fact that his delivery and his tone offends them. They can't get past it to see the original thinking and concepts that drive his ideas. However, there are two or three lengthy reviews that are very in depth on Amazon and another few long ones on LibraryAnything about this book that do this book justice.
Get over his tone, snowflakes, and read his ideas...in the end that's what will stand the test of time. The impact of his thinking, in economics and high impact areas where consequences of risks becoming actual hazards (which is pretty much everywhere) are enormous to me personally, as a independent trader that depends on his survival on what he kills (Skin in the game).
I found that if one read Kahneman / Tversky, plus Dan Ariely, then followed up with Gerd Gigerenzer and/or Sir Ken Robinson or Eric Kandel one can truly appreciate the depth and magnificence of his work.
It is because of him that I was encouraged to read Seneca and Montaigne (both incomplete so far). And I thank him for it. It is a body of work, imprecise and arguably flawed, yet seminal and original and applies to all societies and its peoples, in all walks of life and at all ages. It is without a doubt one of the 10 most important books I have ever read, and I cannot wait for Skin In The Game.
I leaved in randomness life in my youth and gave me some painful surprises which wakes up the antifragile in you
. From the time I started planning my life improved .
So my philosophy has bean practice randomness for fun but plan in much detail for serious projects in your life .
Well written I enjoy his humorous phrases .
It has changed the way I think and has led me to a new direction in non-fiction reading.
I have read this book twice. Slowly. From cover to cover. With days in the middle to allow contemplation and thought while I scurry about my daily existence.
The science is simple. In fact, trivially so as it is covered (and glossed over) in any high school analysis course.
But I now know why my B.S. detector goes off whenever an economist opens their mouth.
Thank You, my fiscal brother!
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