The Money Book Giveaway 2

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!

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Now, onto this month’s book and a short review from Amazon:

Fooled by Randomness

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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. 

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:

1) Post a comment for 1 entry

2) Subscribe below for 1 entry

3) Tweet this contest out for 1 entry

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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35 thoughts on “The Money Book Giveaway 2

    1. I will pray to the gods of randomness and chance to grant you favour when I randomly select the winner from a hat filled with names 😀

      Thanks for entering M! (and if you do win, I WILL pay to ship it all the way to the UK!)

  1. I’m a sucker for free contests, so I had to participate 🙂

    This book seems interesting. This makes me realize that I should expand my library with more psychological-oriented finance books instead of my usual “Beginner’s Guide to All Things Financial That I Read a Bunch of Times Elsewhere Already”.

    1. Thanks for participating Jason, appreciate it a lot! 🙂

      Yes, there are a lot of books in Behavioural Finance that are very interesting, most notably Thinking Fast and Slow. As Charlie Munger always puts it, it’s very important to be read and wise in many different fields of study to be successful at investing!

    1. Hey Josh nice hearing from ya! The last I remember you had just gotten back from your wedding/honeymoon and had gotten back into the grind of work. I’ll have to head over to your blog to check up on what’s new!

      Fooled by Randomness is a good one. And even if you don’t win, there’ll be at least 10 more chances to win some pretty cool money/finance books! 😀

  2. Greetings Sir! Liking the cut of your jib from what I’ve read on your comments of other blogs so thought I’d come out your own place. Nice giveaway idea you got going here! Please don’t consider this an entry as I have this book sitting on my side right in front of me right this very minute waiting to be read… hah! Glad it’s recommended, looking forward to reading it even more now.



    1. TFS, I’ll just have to give you an entry into next month’s money book giveaway. Of course, we’ll have to see if you’ve read that one too! Thanks for dropping by – much appreciated 😀

  3. I haven’t read this one yet, so part of me must enter, but I’ve been moving away from physical books the last few years… Well, odds are I won’t win so it’s not a dilemma I’ll have to face seriously 😉

    1. I don’t know what it is about physical books – because I am digital EVERYTHING – but I can’t do audiobooks and I haven’t been sold on ebooks. Kinda odd for a millennial who considers himself fairly tech savvy. Maybe I’m just an old soul deep inside? 😛

    1. Thanks for dropping by the enter Matt! I wish you the best of luck in the giveaway! And if you can’t wait to read this book, it’s always available free at a public library 😀

    1. People get fooled by randomness – did you see what I did there? 😉 – everyday.

      A coin could flip heads +100 times in a row – doesn’t mean the coin is rigged 😀

      If you win, I think it would be pretty hilarious!

  4. I wonder if you’d be cool paying postage to France if my name comes out of that hat…

    I usually get my books digitally, but I wouldn’t mind real one in this case 🙂

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