The Week In Books, No. 27

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
” presents an intriguing way of looking at life by challenging widely held ideas about skill and luck. Taleb, a stock trader and professor, uses often humorous anecdotes to explain why many people who appear to be skilled are actually just lucky, and why events that may seem to be random are actually quite predictable. He also takes on topics like risk and probability. At times Taleb’s discussion gets a little snarky, as you can tell he has no respect for the vast majority of people on Wall Street, but if you follow his logic, you probably won’t mind. Although the book is thoughtful and instructive, it’s not a textbook, and it’s quite readable. I’d recommend it, if only for the hilarious example of monkeys at typewriters composing “The Odyssey.”

Also Completed:
Ezra, James

Currently Reading:
Nehemiah, Psalms, Luke, 1 John

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