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The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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May 30, 12

bookshelves: odd-birds
Read in February, 2012

It might have been a great book, and Taleb started out with some spectacular ideas but quickly devolved into ridicule of others, self aggrandizement and invocation of an odd allegory using a fictional Russian character to support his propositions.

I got the impression that the days of his youth, being alone in his basement contributed to a sense of contempt - at times, I got the impression he was playing games with his readers.

Undoubtedly, Nassim Taleb is brilliant. However, hanging on while he works out his message is annoying, and I am working hard to convince myself that this book wasn't a waste of time and hard earned cash.
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