FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and Life

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author . Texere $27.95 (220p) ISBN 978-1-58799-071-7
Reviewed on: 09/10/2001
Release date: 00/00/0000

In this look at financial luck, hedge fund manager Taleb (Dynamic Hedging) addresses the apparently irrational movement of money markets around the world. Using his own investing experience and examples of others' successes and disappointments, he discusses theories like Monte Carlo math (easy; considered cheating by purists) and the concept of Russian roulette. Taleb tells interesting, well-wrought stories about individual behavior: "While Nero has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, both personally and intellectually, he is starting to consider himself as having missed a chance somewhere." While serious investors and mathematics enthusiasts will be intrigued, readers looking for practical investment strategies will be disappointed by this rambling intellectual discourse. Tables. 40,000-copy first printing; $150,000 marketing budget. (Oct. 30)

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