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Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb continues his exploration of randomness in his fascinating new book, The Black Swan, in which he examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact. Engaging and enlightening, The Black Swan is a book that may change the way you think about the world, a book that Chris Anderson calls, "a delightful romp through history, economics, and the frailties of human nature." See Anderson's entire guest review below.
In business and government, major money is spent on prediction. Uselessly, according to Taleb, who administers a severe thrashing to MBA- and Nobel Prize-credentialed experts who make their living from economic forecasting. A financial trader and current rebel with a cause, Taleb is mathematically oriented and alludes to statistical concepts that underlie models of prediction, while his expressive energy is expended on roller-coaster passages, bordering on gleeful diatribes, on why experts are wrong. They neglect Taleb's metaphor of "the black swan," whose discovery invalidated the theory that all swans are white. Taleb rides this manifestation of the unpredicted event into a range of phenomena, such as why a book becomes a best-seller or how an entrepreneur becomes a billionaire, taking pit stops with philosophers who have addressed the meaning of the unexpected and confounding. Taleb projects a strong presence here that will tempt outside-the-box thinkers into giving him a look. Gilbert Taylor
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He has a valid point, but doesn't need all that to say it well. Rambling at times, not clear in his points (which could be good ones if he'd spit it out), and he clearly things a... Read morePublished 2 days ago by ev
Although the subject is technical, the book is easy to read and enjoyable. It has impacted the way I think on many subjects. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bermudez Diana C
A fascinating idea and analysis of major historical events and the way our minds perceive them. Black Swan is a metaphor for any outlier or aberrations in history which shift our... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Bilal Rana
Not for everyone. This is a tedious but informative read with textbook detail. The author relates to world events as examples supporting theories that evoke interest. Read morePublished 11 days ago by new focus
I really like the way NNT writes and his anecdotes are pretty amusing. Good read and thought provoking but in my opinion a bit overrated book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Moti
Idiot doesn't understand his own arrogance and lack of insight into issuesPublished 15 days ago by Troy
As other two-star reviewers have noted, the central ideas are interesting, but the writing style can be unbearable. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer