Taleb Penguin, £8.99
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, By Nassim Nicholas
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 31 May 2013
Taleb, the trader-turned-thinker whose The Black Swan sniffed the global meltdown, is an invigorating mind.
His follow-up – seething, repetitious, ideas-packed – aims not merely to shockproof us against new, unforeseeable upheavals.
"Antifragility" will mean we profit from random black-swan blows in a volatile world. Taleb excels at heretical thought-bites: he's Nietzsche on Wall Street, not a rich man with a plan.
He can be vulgar, silly, vain. But one asks, about his core ideas, is he right, and does it matter? This reader's verdict? Yes, and yes.
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