8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not the book to read,
This review is from: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Paperback)
As many have said before me, Taleb's arguments are valid and important (to financial markets and to life more generally). As has also been said, they are not original, the style is hectoring, the conceit is fabulous, and the book is therefore tiresome.
However, if you are tempted to read the book, might I strongly suggest you read his previous book, Fooled by Randomness, instead? The same message is put forward more succinctly, with more humour, with less conceit, and with more interesting little side stories. It even explains the Black Swan, so you don't miss out on that.
The message is important, but this book isn't.