Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fooled by Randomness

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • Release Date: 2005-08-23
  • Genre: Finance
Score: 4.5
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Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are The Black Swan, Antifragile, and The Bed of Procrustes.

“[Taleb is] Wall Street’s principal dissident. . . . [Fooled By Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther’s ninety-nine theses were to the Catholic Church.”
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

Finally in paperback, the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about the markets and the world.This book is about luck: more precisely how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences.

Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of business–Fooled by Randomness is an irreverent, iconoclastic, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining exploration of one of the least understood forces in all of our lives.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • An eye-opening book on life...

    By AJB3333
    I read this gem when it was first published. Its eye-opening take on how we are easily duped, lulled and suckered into the "ordinary", while having our minds and wallets picked, is priceless. Taleb excels at telling a story and for going where few dare.
  • Entertaining and informative

    By GoldfishBowl
    In that order. A fresh, hilariously offensive and thoughtful book.
  • Great book

    By Michalis Poyiadjis
    A great book following the writing style of The Black Swan. Simple yet powerful.