Confidence_0216Fresh out of book ideas? Just in time for the big winter storm you can check out the book-related links from the past month. For even more book ideas can check out the previous edition of this linkfest, or our latest (January) monthly 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 books

Book review: Why being a central banker is so difficult these days. Insights from Mohamed El-Erian’s The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse. (FT)

Book notes: Ten critical issues the advanced economies are dealing with. A discussion from Mohamed El-Erian’s The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse. (Reading the Markets)

Book notes: Why simplicity is such a hard sell. Three insights from Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan.  (Canadian Couch Potato)

Book notes: Meb Faber’s Investing With the House: Hacking the Top Hedge Funds is a good introduction to hedge fund cloning.  (CXOAG)

Book notes: Many of our economic ills stem from the rise of finance. Insights from Mohamed El-Erian’s The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse. (Time)

Book review: Roger Lowenstein’s book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve should be read by any one interested in the history of markets.  (The Reformed Broker)

Book notes: DIY Financial Advisor: A Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth by Gray, Vogel and Foulke is recommended reading for anyone considering firing their financial advisor. (Charles Sizemore)

Book review: Larry Swedroe notes Jane Bryant Quinn’s “ book [How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide] is a tour de force of the financial issues you’ll face in retirement. I highly recommend it.”  (ETF)

Book Q&A: Cinthia Murphy talks with Meb Faber about hedge fund closing and his new book Invest With the House. (ETF)

Book review: Martin Fridson thinks “Wall Street Wars [by Richard E. Farley] is a fine work of popular financial history.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Book review: Mohamed El-Erian in The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse argues that it is time for fiscal policy to move to the fore.  (Institutional Investor)

Book review: Quality Investing: Owning the Best Companies for the Long Term by Lawrence A. Cunningham, Torkell T. Eide, and Patrick Hargreaves is “clearly and engagingly written.” (Reading the Markets)

Book review: Lehman Brothers: A Crisis of Value by Oonagh McDonald has “many merits.”  (FT)

Book review: Investment: A History by Norton Reamer and Jesse Downing is a “remarkably interesting” read.  (Reading the Market)

Non-finance books

Book review: Tyler Cowen thinks Robert Gordon is “is probably right about the past, but wrong about the future” in his new book The Rise and Fall of American Growth.  (Marginal Revolution)

Book review: “Grant’s optimism about the potential of human beings to improve themselves and their organisations is refreshing..” A look at Adam Grant’s Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.  (FT)

Book review: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time by Maria Konnikova is a “gem of a book.”  (Brain Drain)

Book notes: Enjoy the Super Bowl without guilt says Gregg Easterbrook in The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.  (FT)

Book review: Shane Parrish on When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi writes “If you read this and you’re not feeling something you’re probably a robot.”  (Farnam Street)

Book review: The Last Volcano: A Man, A Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature’s Most Magnificent Fury by John Dvorak “is an inspiring tale of devotion.”  (Scientific American)

Book notes: Three reasons why you need to “unfocus” your time to enhance creativity. A look at The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppälä.  (Washington Post)

Book review:Paul Kalanithi’s book When Breath Becomes Air is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” (Brad Feld)

Book notes: Your kids are way too clean. A Q&A with Dr. Shetreat-Klein author of The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids With Food Straight from Soil.  (NYTimes)

Book notes: Insights from Sydney Finkelstein’s Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Manage the Flow of Talent.  (HBR)

Book list: Bill NcNabb of Vanguard recommends David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers.  (Big Picture)

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