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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Book Review: The Black Swan---The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a highly opinionated and obstinate, yet knowledgeable book about randomness, uncertainty and luck. There are several good aspects of the book but the self-praise and repetitiveness mars the experience of the reader. I'd give it a 4 out of 10 rating just because of these short comings. Still, there is a lot to learn from this book.

You can read a very nice (positive) review over here and this great review of The Black Swan on Amazon.com. I believe I don't have much to add to the review, except for a few excerpts from the book, which I shall do at a later time.

In short, if you are good at reading repetitive books do get hold of this one, and if you don't like to read books but you are interested in understanding luck and life, get in touch with someone who has read it. :)