Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Risk and Business

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random House, 304 pp., $30)

If ever an intellectual has achieved “street cred” and the “cool factor,” it is Nassim Taleb, author of the best-sellers The Black Swan and Antifragile. Taleb’s reputation as a scholar, for his contributions to the subject of risk management, is well deserved, and his extraordinary popularity no less so. With over 264,000 Twitter followers and absolutely packed halls wherever he speaks, Taleb is known for provocation, iconoclasm, and confident repudiation of conventional thinking.

Taleb is no mere provocateur, but one of the most interesting thought leaders of our time. I once saw him debate former Obama economic director Larry Summers at

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Books, Arts & Manners


Redeeming the Miracle

Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.




Richard Rustad responds to Yuval Levin & Ramesh Ponnuru’s article “A New Health-Care Debate.”


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