Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Skin in the Game

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Cit...

Details Skin in the Game

TitleSkin in the Game
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherAllen Lane
GenreNonfiction, Philosophy, Business, Economics, Psychology, Finance

Reviews Skin in the Game

  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Skin in the Game is at the same time thought-provoking and original but also contradictory and sometimes absurd. Let’s start with the cons:1. I certainly won’t be the first to notice that Taleb can be mean-spirited. But why does he insist on presenting his views in this way? The communication of his ideas, often profound, does not require a mean-spirited or condescending tone. For however brilliant Taleb thinks he is, his skills in persuasion...
  • Philippe
    Taleb’s ‘Skin in the Game’ has been put together in a somewhat disorderly way, but the reasoning goes as follows:1. The world in which we live is complex and eludes our sense-making faculties.2. Our society has cultivated a privileged class of Intellectuals Yet Idiots (IYIs). These people monopolize positions of authority and routinely take decisions to intervene in that complex world, without however doing the effort to think through the c...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    I’m improperly awed and professionally depressed by this guy. While I’ve been in love with the concept of asymmetry since, like, forever, he puts on it such an excruciating spin that… a lot of professions suddenly attain the unmistakable bullshit (or maybe swanshit!) flavor.Anyway, this book lost a bit of its charm due to aggressive and seemingly random things aggregated together. I'm sure it's another case of 'it's not you, it's me', still...
  • Nilesh
    SITG is an angry rant. It lacks structure. The core message - mainly because of the author’s often misplaced and wrong arguments against his self-created adversaries - is never examined beyond the title’s most known or intuitive conventional meaning. The basic concept is at least as old as the adage itself. The author does little to bolster the claim while spending all efforts on slamming real or imagined opponents. The book’s frequent dive...
  • David
    From the back cover of the book jacket: The problem with Taleb is not that he's an asshole. He is an asshole. The problem with Taleb is that he is right. This is the third book I've read by Nassim Taleb (The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder: Here is my review of Antifragile.) And this book, Skin in the Game is more quirky than either of his previous books--if that is at all possible. ...
  • ScienceOfSuccess
    Another great book from Nassim! If you have 3minutes, check my animated summary of this one ;) Animated Book Review
  • Satyajeet
    Cherry-picking meets ignorance of human nature meets naive interpretation of history meets erroneous assumptions.If you cherry-pick the data, you can make ANY ridiculous hypothesis sound convincing.Unlike those who complain about Taleb’s unresolved teenage angst, his thin-skinned hubris, or his lack of civility, I couldn’t care less about his crass remarks. My problem is with the ideas in this book, not its author, although I do question the ...
  • Magnus Ahmad
    Pop-science in it's lowest form. Book reads like a poorly researched, hastily written college essay. Strings together a few nuggets of common sense wisdom with sizeable amounts of unreferenced BS. Taleb is a shark, living off a reputation and using his own fanbase like an ATM.
  • Ivank
    In this book #4, Taleb is more arrogant and pretentious than ever. You can never let go of the feeling that this book is about him, rather than any other topic. He's become profoundly obnoxious and negative. Despite some good points in the book, reading it feels like carrying a burden. In this new book Taleb goes to extra lengths to attack David Runciman, head of the politics department at Cambridge, and a Guardian book reviewer who had torn apar...
  • Jeffrey
    Five stars only because six weren't available.
  • Anton
    3.5* - rounding up to 4.Be warned: this book is a ranty, largely unstructured, flow-of-consciousness type stuff. It has an equal probability or either delighting the reader or driving them mad. I personally enjoy the erudite style of Taleb's argumentation and find his references and vignettes of the 'times gone by' intellectually stimulating. Also, the black-and-white bluntness of his position makes the book feel refreshing. You may not agree wit...
  • Muwaffaq
    I wanted to like this and I certainly did at the beginning. All of his insults are complex, original and amusing but he insults so many people so frequently that the process itself becomes tedious. I do enjoy his historical anecdotes, but again there are a large volume of them, and not always obviously with a point, other than a demonstration of his research or recall abilities. It is the fact that he criticises many individuals in passing with a...
  • Gints Dreimanis
    Hey, another one who doesn't give a fuck. NNT is a bit of a diva, and it is obvious that he has some beef with a lot of people. He certainly sounds right. But is he? I don't know. The book revolves around the notion that people not having skin in the game will fuck us up, somehow. Turns out that the idea of skin in the game can be applied to a wide variety of fields and professions. Especially the ones Taleb doesn't like, like academics, policy m...
  • Ajay
    Some really good insights in a very small book -1. "When it comes to the country, I'm a libertarian, when it comes to the state, I'm a republican, when it comes to my city, I'm a Democrat, when it comes to my family, I'm a Socialist".2. Cost benefit analysis is not possible when there is a probability of Ruin.3. The west is in the process of committing ideological suicide (on minority rule).4. Its easier to Macrobullshit than it is to Microbullsh...
  • Ill D
    Taleb's the hero.
  • Gaurav Mathur
    Aah, Taleb. I have read all his non-technical books at least twice, so of course it was with great enthusiasm that I bought this... SITG.Bit of a bummer.SITG has some great insights, but most of them were shared on his Twitter account, and his posts on Medium. That is:(SITG book - Previous works - Medium posts = few new insights)Also, a bit of complaining about how his ideas were not listened to.But of course applaud the man for pursuing his idea...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    I like Taleb's books while hating his politics. I like that he says what he thinks is true and doesn't care who he pisses off. He is also right about a lot of things. He is on target with his jibes at chattering classes who no skin in the game and blythly go on about issues that they will lose nothing on if they are wrong. no accountability. when he goes off on politics defending Trump he goes off rails. Just because his enemies who he calls inte...
  • Tim O'Hearn
    I read this book a few months ago and enjoyed it. Taleb is kind of dickish but he often succeeds in making me question whether I'm smart enough to grasp what he's saying. This brings a special level of excitement to reading any of his works. To me, they present a challenge. A crossword puzzle of intellect with some pseudo elements.The underlying concept in this book is evident from the title. It's an extrapolation of the principle-agent problem. ...
  • Lucas Carlson
    Love this book. Much smaller in number of words than his others, but equally dense if not more so with ideas. It’s a great compliment to the rest of his books and ties his ideas together well. I’ve heard a lot of otherwise smart people criticize Taleb as trying to sound smart without saying anything new or special, but I can’t disagree more. If I had to distill everything Taleb into one idea, I would focus on the last few sentences of this ...
  • Petr Augustin
    Only modern philosophy that makes sense. I wonder if people will look back at Taleb and think "why the hell didn't we listen to this guy more?"
  • Daniel Cañueto
    Taleb should know by now that, according to Lindy effect, he should respect the canonical writing style and analysis schemes he tries to avoid.Less new ideas and more off-topic resentful digression. His message keeps being interesting. However, Jordan B. Peterson has been able to distil it in a more productive way for humanity (and not only for contrarian elitists).
  • Vance
    I’ve read Taleb’s books The Black Swan and Fooled By Randomness so I’m accustomed to his lessons. With that said, I think this is a well-written book, as expected, but I don’t believe I learned much from it that I didn’t already know from his previous writings. The point that skin in the game is necessary for accurate examination of changes in the economy and policies is informative and one that economists often overlook, though I think...
  • Harsh Gupta
    Brilliant book. Many chapters of the book are available on medium, for example* Taleb is **not** meant to be read literally.* Read "Antifragile" or "Black Swan" before reading this to better appreciate the content, especially if Taleb's article on "Intellectual Yet Idiot" offends you Better get some "skin in the game" :D
  • Zahwil
    Few authors through their writing have the ability to make one really think; Taleb is one of the few who can and does. There are many ways to be critical about this book, and the criticisms would not be groundless. For one, Taleb expresses contempt for many present-day scholars such as Steven Pinker, Richard Thaler, and Thomas Picketty. One of the nicer expressions he coins for this group is IYI (Intellectual Yet Idiot). As is usually the case, a...
  • Laura Noggle
    Reads like the Burn Book from Mean Girls.Taleb spares no one, ripping professions, beliefs, jobs, and people—by name—apart. Especially Steven Pinker, whom he calls out more than twice. Highly offensive, I found this book a riotous good time, hilarious, and razor sharp. This ended up being one of my favorite books of 2018, completed on December 31st.I will read this one again next year, for, as Taleb points out:"... learning is rooted in repet...
  • Leif Denti
    Taleb has lost it. Regrettably. This book is a good example of someone doing a "Lord Kelvin", that is, making strong claims about things that are not within your field of expertise. Taleb is a statistician, but of course that doesn't hinder him from having very strong opinions on other matters such as other researchers' fields, politics, banking, journalism, to mention just a few. That's a shame because I loved his first two books. However since ...
  • Stephan
    “The mark of a charlatan is to defend his position or attack a critic by focusing on some specific statement (“ look at what he said”) rather than blasting his exact position (“ look at what he means” or, more broadly, “look at what he stands for”)— for the latter requires an extensive grasp of the proposed idea.”This quote from Mr. Taleb perfectly summarizes my problems with his book.The general theme of the book is that one sh...
  • Liviu
    The one non-fiction book everyone should take a look at as it puts in (very skilled) words what most people feel - today the smooth talkers have power without risk (unless they are caught at the outrage du jour) and they use it to enrich themselves with an "after us the deluge" motto; the "talk is cheap" cliche has never been exposed better than in this book and reading it, one may get angry or exhilarated (or both and more) but one will learn a ...
  • Gordon
    Taleb has a few basic rules of writing, to wit:* Never be boring* Be sure to insult those you disagree with* Remind the reader frequently of how smart you are, as evidenced by a multitude of quotations, in Latin wherever possible* Mix the brilliant with the banal, the insightful with the sophomoric, the wise with the petty* Keep the chapters short* Roam widely across history to draw examples from, especially the classical world of the Eastern Med...
  • Irene
    Okay, so I pushed through this one because my partner is a fan of Taleb, and I get it. I do. His ideas are good, very good, his ideas are brilliant, and challenging, and even groundbreaking. But the delivery, man, the delivery is just not as good as the ideas. While Taleb's ideas are interesting, they are not that complex. I mean, they are a little bit complex, maybe, but not as complex as they come across in this book. However, Taleb's writing g...