refuses to come out in paperback, so I plunked down hardcover cash for it and
read it on a plane to a foreign land. It’s quite good, and
you can basically get the point via the first 50 pages – here’s a couple of blogospheric
reactions. But as a business bestseller, which it is, it takes the cake for being non-businessy. Taleb has the prose style of Nietszche, with
wit, aphorisms, plenty of polemics, and one page long subsections. When is the last time you read a Who Moved My
Cheese with a chapter titled “Living in the Antechamber of Hope”? And a series of subtitles (that do not conform to the
actual subtitles he ends up using in the text, btw) such as “How to avoid watercoolers
– Select your brother in law – Yevgenia’s favorite book – What deserts can and
cannot deliver – On the avoidance of hope – El desierto de los tartaros – The
virtues of slow motion.”
Golly. Taleb attacks business school professors at every turn for using statistical models unattuned to the importance of the highly unexpected, which for him explains everything. But he’s a Wharton graduate, so we nonetheless take full credit, etc.
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1. Posted by kledon on July 22, 2008 @ 13:46 | Permalink
I found a paperback copy in Borders just today, while looking for 'The Black Swan'.
2. Posted by kledon on July 22, 2008 @ 14:05 | Permalink
My apologies. For some bizarre reason, I thought you were talking about his other book, 'Fooled By Randomness'. But yes, both books are available in paperback, thanks to Penguin Books (always a great source).