Nassim Nicholas Taleb Book Recommendations

Last addition June 2020.

Please vote and do not add books Taleb has not explicitly recommended. If there is a book missing, please leave a comment with a reference. Cheers.

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne Albert Sure, Nassim Taleb recommending Steven Pinker is like the sun rising in the west...


message 2: by Tony (new)

Tony Stewart Anne wrote: "Sure, Nassim Taleb recommending Steven Pinker is like the sun rising in the west..."

https://www.amazon.com/review/R22Y22Z...


message 3: by Dio (new)

Dio Mavroyannis Surprised to see "Blank Swan" in here? Any idea where he recommended this?


message 4: by Gigi (new)

Gigi Dio wrote: "Surprised to see "Blank Swan" in here? Any idea where he recommended this?"

See the links in the description at the top of this list for references. iirc, it was a 5 stars Amazon review.


message 5: by Roberto (new)

Roberto Rigolin F Lopes Taleb said that Nietzsche understood anti-fragility in his book The Birth of Tragedy (1871)... I just added Nietzches's book to this list...


message 6: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.


message 7: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont "Oeuvres" de Joseph de MAISTRE


message 8: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition


message 9: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan


message 10: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont and almost all Tom Holland's non-fiction books such as:
In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World. New York: Random House. 2012. ISBN 978-1-408-70007-5.
Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom. New York: Random House. 2008. ISBN 978-0-307-27870-8.
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West. New York: Random House. 2005. ISBN 978-0-307-27948-4.
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic. New York: Random House. 2003. ISBN 978-1-400-07897-4.


message 11: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont and Taleb does NOT recommend Pinker's books.


message 12: by Liquidlasagna (new)

Liquidlasagna who does recommend Pinker the Stinker actually?


message 13: by Masoud (new)

Masoud Mirzamani Based on this source: https://fs.blog/2012/02/book-recommen...
This Intellectual Life in the Middle Ages: Essays Presented to Margaret Gibson isn't in his list and should be changed to this book Intellectuals in the Middle Ages by Le Goff.
He also recommended this The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence which should be added to this list.


message 14: by Athur (new)

Athur I like this list.


message 15: by Liquidlasagna (new)

Liquidlasagna I'm not big on Daniel Kahneman, or Pinker.
I think Mandelbrot and Binmore are very good

How many of those 82 are on that blog?

As for Pinker, he likes one book on that blog with 4/5 and thinks two of his others are better


message 16: by Gigi (new)

Gigi Masoud wrote: "Based on this source: https://fs.blog/2012/02/book-recommen...
This Intellectual Life in the Middle Ages: Essays Presented to Margaret Gibson isn't in his list ..."


Thanks for the correction! Done.


message 17: by A (last edited Sep 22, 2020 04:41AM) (new)

A Young Philosopher Here is a bigger list (1200+ books), if anyone is interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

I basically took note of every author or book that Nassim mentioned or cited as good throughout his Incerto series. I also noted every fiction book that I could keep track of: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list... (this list has 700+ books).

I hope this helps someone!


message 18: by Liquidlasagna (new)

Liquidlasagna That's positively awesome Kenneth!
I was always wondering about what his influences or likes were with mathematics and everything else!


message 19: by A (new)

A Young Philosopher Thanks for the feedback! I am glad my compilation has helped someone. I read in two hour chunks, noting down on a piece of paper next to me all the people which the author I am reading mentions. Then I give myself an hour break and usually spend it eating and compiling the sources. I liked Nassim Taleb so much that I made an entire list of the references from his works.

If you want to dive into the technical background of Taleb, I made another list of his technical recommendations: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...


message 20: by Lampros (new)

Lampros A wrote: "Here is a bigger list (1200+ books), if anyone is interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

I basically took note of every author or book that ..."


How can I ever thank you for this!


message 21: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Dupont Yes, thanks very much!
Do you now how I can save bookshelf on goodreads please?


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