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The Black Swan: The Impact Of The Highly Improbable Paperback – 2 June 2008

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A fascinating study of how we are regularly taken for suckers by the unexpected, Guardian

Like the conversation of a raconteur ... hugely enjoyable - compelling, Financial Times

It has altered modern thinking, The Times

Confirms his status as a guru for every would-be Damien Hirst, George Soros and aspirant despot, Sunday Times

The Black Swan changed my view of how the world works -- Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

Great fun... brash, stubborn, entertaining, opinionated, curious, cajoling -- Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics

The most prophetic voice of all, GQ

About the Author

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to immersing himself in problems of luck, uncertainty, probability and knowledge. Part literary essayist, part empiricist, part no-nonsense mathematical trader, he is currently Dean's Professor in the Science of Uncertainty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His last book, the bestseller Fooled by Randomness, has been published in eighteen languages and was selected by Fortune magazine as one of "The Smartest Books of All Time". Taleb lives mostly in New York.

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