Welcome to the second edition of The Money Book Giveaway. Every month, I am giving away a finance book every month for a year from my list of 20 Must Read Money Books. Last month’s giveaway was The Little Book of Common Sense Investing and the winner of the inaugural giveaway was Alicia over at Financial Diffraction! There was a slight error in postage, which was embarrassing, but the book
should finally reach[ed] Alicia this Friday Thursday. And now, onto this month’s FREE book!
Here is Alicia with the book from last month’s giveaway!
Now, onto this month’s book and a short review from Amazon:
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.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent two decades as a trader and risk taker before becoming a full-time essayist and scholar focusing on practical, philosophical and mathematical problems with chance, luck, and probability. His focus in on how different systems handle disorder. Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s School of Engineering, but he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés.
What I Loved
Taleb has a way of getting his point across by using extreme examples, in this case with chance and randomness. The biggest thing I took away from this book was that chance and randomness rule a big part of the stock market. It has profoundly influenced by appreciation and understanding of the markets and investing.
How to Enter
You can enter 3 different ways to win this kickass book:
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If you are already subscribed to the email list, while you cannot get an entry for subscribing again, you will instead get an automatic bonus entry just for being an awesome reader of this blog!
The last day to get entries in will be this Friday, September 19, 2014 by 11:59pm. I will tally up all the entries by hand old school style onto pieces of paper, throw them in a hat, and draw the winner out. To guarantee the legitimacy of the draw, I will upload the entire process on Vine for all to see.
The winner will be announced on Monday, September 22, 2014. I will ship the book to the winner postage paid by the end of the week. Good luck!
Contest Rules: Only 1 entry for all comments – no multiple entries for multiple comments. Only 1 entry for a Tweet out – no multiple entries for multiple Tweets.
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