Skin in the Game

The Underlying Matrix of Daily Life

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Uitgever: Allen Lane
  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780241300657
  • januari 2018
  • 272 pagina's
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, born in 1960, spends most of his time as a flâneur, meditating in cafés across the planet. He is the author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, which has spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has become an intellectual, social, and cultural touchstone.


Bestselling author of BLACK SWAN is back with a new book about why we should only trust those who have something to lose. For a society to function properly, those who benefit should also risk something and those who risk something should benefit. Full of philosophical tales and practical stories, it offers a key rule to live by: do not do to others what you don't want them to do to you.


The author of The Black Swan is back with a simple warning: don't buy what your neighbour is selling unless he owns some too. The obvious application for this is investing, but Taleb has a much broader domain. In a kind of philosophical Freakonomics, he takes us from 5th-century wandering monks (banned by the church because they were too free) to Donald Trump (his imperfections showed he had skin in the game) -- Rosamund Urwin * Sunday Times Books of the Year * Wall Street's principal dissident -- Malcolm Gladwell Taleb's insatiable polymathic curiosity knows no bounds * New Statesman * A godlike oracle on the subject of risk -- John Authers * Financial Times * A superhero of the mind -- Boyd Tonkin One of the most fun, enjoyable and yet deep books I've read in a long time. . . Reading Taleb's books is always an adventure. They are frighteningly learned, and require frequent trips to the dictionary and to Wikipedia for full enjoyment. However, this labour is well-rewarded and every page brings something that is exciting or useful to understand -- Dhirendra Kumar * Economic Times * Taleb has succeeded in creating a full system that goes from empirics to ethics, which is exceedingly rare in the modern world. . . Very few people are able to create systems of thought that go across multiple disciplines and display internal coherence. This the uniqueness and importance of Nassim Taleb -- Branko Milanovic, author of Global Inequality As always with Taleb, this is a fascinating set of ideas. And he's right. People with skin in the game learn how the game works. Without it, they don't -- William Leith * Evening Standard * Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the Richard Wagner of uncertainty. While the Ring Cycle of the German composer/librettist portrayed the struggle of the gods in a series of operas, the Incerto series of books by the Lebanese-American author is devoted to humans -- specifically how we deal with the endemic risk in our all-too-finite existence -- Dominic Lawson * Sunday Times * A great iconoclast. . . Taleb, a Wall Street trader turned essayist, is a thinker touched by genius. . . The big picture he presents is powerfully argued and offers myriad policy implications -- Matthew Syed * The Times * A thinker for uncertain times. . . If you want to better understand populism, Trump, Brexit and the anti-establishment backlash then Taleb, of no party or clique, is your man -- Josh Glancy * Sunday Times * The most prophetic voice of all . . . Taleb is a genuinely significant philosopher . . . someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone -- John Gray * GQ *



januari 2018
1e druk
23,4 x 15,4 x 2,4 cm
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272 pagina's


Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Allen Lane



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