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The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.

Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.

With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Happily provocative…Mr. Taleb is so calculatedly abrasive in this smart, attention-getting little book that he achieves his main objective. "A good maxim," he writes, "allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation."

    New York Times

  • “The most prophetic voice of all.”

    GQ

  • “The hottest thinker in the world.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Idiosyncratically brilliant.”

    Niall Ferguson

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