Book round-up: March 2017

Each month we like to round-up all of our book-related links. You can also check out the previous edition of this linkfest, or our latest monthly (February) post of the most popular books among Abnormal Returns readers. Remember anything you buy from Amazon through these links goes to support the site. Enjoy!


Finance

Review: Ed Thorp’s A Man for All Markets is “highly recommended for anyone interested in investing.” (Value and Opportunity)

Notes: Some excerpts from David Clark’s Tao of Charlie Munger: A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway’s Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth. (Farnam Street)

Review: The FinTech Book: The Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries edited by Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis addresses a wide range of topics. (Enterprising Investor)

Review: Why Wall Street Matters by William D. Cohan focuses on “the problem with Wall Street firms going public.” (Reading the Markets)

Review: Jonathan Clements, “Individual investors might imagine that Organizational Alpha isn’t for them — and yet it’s a great, insightful read, whether you have $1,000 to invest or $100 million.” (HumbleDollar)

Review: Why Wall Street Matters by William D. Cohan traces where Wall Street went wrong along the way. (WSJ)

Review:Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street tells a good story.” (Barron’s)

Notes: Meb Faber thinks Tony Robbin’s new book Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook is full of good advice but don’t actually let his RIA partners manage your money. (Meb Faber Research)

Excerpt: Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, Third Edition talk about negotiating with a VC. (ValueWalk)

Review: Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business by Aswath Damodaran “deals with the process of connecting a plausible story to value drivers.” (Reading the Markets)

Non-finance

Review: Nick Lovegrove’s The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Successful Life & Career argues for the “freedom to explore their intellectual interests throughout a wide-ranging career.” (FT)

Review: Tomasz Tunguz, “Algorithms to Live By has changed the way I think about investing in startups and advising them.” (Tomasz Tunguz)

Review: Edward Luce thinks The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen is “captivating” and a little scary. (FT)

Q&A: Derek Thompson talks with Yuval Harari author of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow about the future of humanity. (The Atlantic)

Review: Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness by Joe Moran is a “wonderful book.” (The Atlantic)

Excerpt: The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking by Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack. (Fast Company)

Excerpt: From Tyler Cowen’s The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. (Time)

Notes: The story of butter is a historical roadmap of humanity. Thoughts on Elaine Khosrova’s Butter: A Rich History. (NPR)

Review: Tyler Cowen in The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream looks at how American attitudes will affect our happiness. (Business Insider)

Review: The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen should put some fear in American optimists. (WSJ)

Q&A: Tyler Cowen author of The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream on the dangers of a less “dynamic, mobile and intermixed” America. (HBR)

Notes: Derek Thompson, “Cowen’s book [The Complacent Class] performs the trick of all successful idea-driven non-fiction. It provides an open invitation for the reader to think deeply, even when deep thinking leads to some disagreement.” (The Atlantic)

Notes: Derek Thompson’s Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction explores what makes a hit song, book or TV show. (Marginal Revolution)

Notes: Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 speculates on a world that has succumbed to climate change and a 50 foot sea level rise. (Bloomberg)

Q&A: A discussion with Mary Otto author of Teeth:The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. (The Atlantic)

Notes: How Ian Purkayastha became the truffle king of America from Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground. (QZ)

Review: Daniel Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds is filled with “powerful thinking tools.” (Economist)

Review: The self-help movement is coming under fire in books like Svend Brinkman’s Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze. (NYTimes)

Q&A: An excerpt from a discussion with Cal Newport author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. (Thrive Global)

Notes: We should pursue meaning not happiness. Insights from Emily Esfahani Smith’s The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. (Fast Company)

Notes: Insights from Lisa Feldman Barrett’s How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. (Marginal Revolution)

Please check in with us on April 1st when we highlight the best-selling books on the site from March.


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