Nobody Planned This, Nobody Expected It
The Battle of Stalingrad was the largest battle in history. With it came equally superlative stories of how people dealt with risk. One came in late 1942, when a German tank unit sat in reserve on…
«The problem is that historical risks you can study are dwarfed by risks you actually experience. There are a zillion treacherous risks, but most on their own are not common enough to take seriously or collect data on. Like mice destroying tanks.»
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Expectations (Five Short Stories)
David Cassidy seemed to have the best life you could imagine. A teenage heartthrob who sold out arenas and was so popular his shows turned into stampede risks. From the outside it looked like as…
«False confidence makes the eventual reality all the more shocking. Some are more susceptible to risk than others, but no one is exempt from being humbled.»
Three Big Things: The Most Important Forces Shaping the World
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