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Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
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on 4 October 2014
A thought provoking book
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VINE VOICEon 14 May 2013
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This is one of a very few reads this year, which has provoked a thoughtful reaction which has lasted long after reading the book. Insightful, challenging and provocative, there is something for everyone - as long as you make allowances for the author's style and tone. Whilst I enjoyed his forth-right polemical tour of force, this will not be to everyone's liking. I suspended british traditional reticence and let the argument and his exploration of concepts carry the day and as acknowledged, by the end of the book I had been won over to his cause.

This is the first of his works which I have read and on the strength of it, I will be reading THE BLACK SWAN. He is an author and thinker to watch out for and I suspect he is building up to the `main event' - there is more to come!!
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on 10 April 2014
This bloated attempt is as irrelevant as his previous attempts.

He, like the majority of people is disorganised i.e. lazy. This is the sole focus of this 'book'. It is nothing new or clever. It is quite sad that such 'books' can be published.
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on 24 December 2012
You don't learn from order. You learn from chaos. Nature is not ordered, is chaotic.
Brace. Brace. Brace. Then, read it all.
Caveat emptor: this book is not for so-called professional reviewers, who are so fragile.
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VINE VOICEon 6 March 2013
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It took me a while to get through this weighty tome and I totally feel that it was worth the effort. I know some say that the man comes across as arrogant, but I didn't think so, Taleb has a stupendous breadth of knowledge and I liked the confident and certain tone of writing.

I like the concept of Anti-Fragile and think that it takes a certain strength of mind to be able to apply the learnings - failing and leaning into adversity can sometimes be unpleasant but its a courageous trait and one worth cultivating.

Go for it.
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VINE VOICEon 18 September 2013
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This is a great book to have near you so that you can refer to it and remind yourself of and enjoy the refreshing outlook Nassim Taleb can impart on you. It has to be a book not a kindle. Wonderful, Enlightening and humorous. So enjoyable. There are parts that I found difficult to understand but the great thing about Taleb is his wonderful style of writing. If you continue reading he always manages to explain anything you found difficult by telling a pertinent anecdote which makes everything very clear. I look forward to his next book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It';s a Glorious Rant and well worth buying. I've always believed that we have to own up to personal views (after reading what others are thinking) and find our own Truth.
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Taleb has already written 2 very successful books: Fooled by Randomness, and Black Swan.

In Antifragile the world is; fragile, robust, or antifragile. Volatility harms fragile elements, robustness is neutral to volatile, whilst antifragility thrives on risk.

Though you may disagree with some of what Taleb covers in his theory, he does put together a strong argument on a wide variety of topics in economics to ethics.

Again a great book, but you do need to concentrate when you read it!
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The quality of this book pales against the author's previous effort 'The Black Swan'. Argumentation is very uneven and, to be honest, rather meandering and repetitive. The book would have benefited from much stronger editing - this is a phenomenon that I've commented on before in relation to several authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Which is a shame because there is some good material in here. Of course the author could simply have written a shorter and more tightly argued text. Sometimes less is more.
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on 12 June 2015
Love this book.
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