May 30, 12
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.