A few years ago, I reviewed Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan for the New York Post. I was not much enthused. Part of my problem was with the author's tone, which I found smug and self-absorbed. Another negative was that I thought the book had little useful advice on what to do in light of its picture of a world in which unexpected events can change things drastically. I haven't yet read Taleb's new book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder but it looks like it addresses that question in much greater detail, and I can say that intuitively the concept of "antifragility" appeals to me greatly.
UPDATE 11/25: An amusing meeting with the man.