Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets


This is a book about luck. More specifically, it is a book about how we perceive luck, twist it around and regard it as intention or purpose.

ISBN: 9780141031484 Author: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 3rd May 2007 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 332.60151923 (edition:22) Pages: 316 Edition: 2nd Edition Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subjects: ,

Everyone wants to succeed in life. But what causes some of us to be more successful than others? Is it really down to skill and strategy – or something altogether more unpredictable?

This book is the bestselling sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. It is all about luck: more precisely, how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the markets – we hear an entrepreneur has ‘vision’ or a trader is ‘talented’, but all too often their performance is down to chance rather than skill. It is only because we fail to understand probability that we continue to believe events are non-random, finding reasons where none exist.

‘One of the smartest books of all time’ Fortune

‘An iconoclastic tour de force … nothing escapes his Exocets’ Evening Standard

‘Brilliant’ John Kay

‘Excellent and thought-provoking … an entertaining book’ Financial Times

‘Wall Street’s principal dissident’ Malcolm Gladwell

In stock