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Publisher Description

'One of the smartest books of all time' Fortune
'The hottest thinker in the world'
Sunday Times

Everyone wants to succeed in life. But what causes some of us to be more successful than others? Is it really down to skill and strategy - or something altogether more unpredictable?

This book is the bestselling sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. It is all about luck: more precisely, how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the markets - we hear an entrepreneur has 'vision' or a trader is 'talented', but all too often their performance is down to chance rather than skill. It is only because we fail to understand probability that we continue to believe events are non-random, finding reasons where none exist.

'An iconoclastic tour de force ... nothing escapes his Exocets' Evening Standard

'Brilliant' John Kay

'Excellent and thought-provoking ... an entertaining book' Financial Times

'Wall Street's principal dissident' Malcolm Gladwell

Business & Personal Finance
3 May
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

SatishanM ,

Confusing and compelling

Mathematics and probability theories are not my areas of comfort. I read and reread some of the paras that were mathematic and probabilistic till I managed to understand what Taleb was trying to convey(I think I did,🤔) this was the confusing part. The inferences from his mathematical content, from life situations and historical philosophy made compelling challenges to my thinking. I will read this book again in a years time. I need the first attempt to soak in.

laarniyounes ,

Author fooled by randomness

The math advice in this book is gold. Even if the author sometimes uses case studies and experiments that are mostly due to randomness.

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