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    Surprisingly unobvious

    Mostly NNT packages obvious stuff in his neat pop-econ series. In that sense Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness are extremely obvious. This one not so much. This one esp Ch 19 will make the academia relook at the Peters Gellmann paper and spawn economic research. I don't know how soon or how mainstream. But you can skip the entire middle part if you just read Prologue and Ch19. Skin in the game is extremely well understood in contract theory and the whole corporate finance is standing on it. Firms hold equity because skin in the game, there's LTV for your loans because of skin in the game. Populism of obvious aside, really though provoking Ch 19. Gamblers ruin is taught right after basic probability in classes and the tail event is indeed negative infinity utility, but never seen them appear in standard economic theory. Would look into the paper for sure.
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    A great read if you have enjoyed Taleb before...

    If you have not read Taleb before start with his "Fooled by Randomness" first, followed by his "Black Swan" and if you are still interested read his "Anti Fragile" before this one. Taleb touches upon several aspects of mathematics, probability, misuse of distribution, long tails, philosophy, psychology, religion, politics in his own unusual style. I love Taleb's brutal storytelling and narrative style though not everyone may empathize with it. The two main points that Taleb makes is "Skin in the Game" which stuck to me through his heavy repetition of the term a multitude of times and his points on Asymmetry in life biased towards small minorities who can use their leverage for a variety of good and bad causes.
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    Mind blowing

    One of the great thinkers of our time. You have to re-read to fully grasp the flurry of concepts. But life-altering. Best read with Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness (anti-fragile I have not yet read)

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