Klosterman2_0816This past month we had three(!) book-related posts up including Eliminating distractions and becoming a star in your field inspired by Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Three proven steps to ‘instant alpha‘ inspired by Robert H. Frank’s Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy and What idea in finance will seem laughable in 100 years? inspired by Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong?

You can also check out the previous edition of this linkfest, or our latest monthly (August) 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!


Book review: WIPED OUT. How I Lost a Fortune in the Stock Market While the Averages Were Making New Highs by an Anonymous Investor is the anti-self help book. (Aleph Blog)

Book review: Phishing for Phools by George Aklerlof and Robert Shillercontains useful insights for all types of financial market participants.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Book excerpt:  Winning at Active Management: The Essential Roles of Culture, Philosophy, and Technology by Priest, Bleiberg, Welhoelter and Keefe.  (Barron’s)

Book review: The Intuitive Investor by Jason Voss helps you tap into the right side of your brain.  (Stock Ideas)

Book review: Four lessons from Guy Spier’s The Education of a Value Investor.  (Four Minute Books)

Book notes: How to Make Money with Global Macro by  Javier Gonzalez is a history lesson and look at the future.  (Reading the Markets)

Book review: Edward Chancellor’s introduction to Capital Returns: Investing through the Capital Cycle: A Money Manager’s Reports 2002–15 is “worth the price of admission.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Book review: Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible by William Goetzmann isextremely enjoyable to read..”  (CFA Institute)

Book review: Why we needed a second edition of David J. Abner’s The ETF Handbook: How to Value and Trade Exchange-Traded Funds.  (Reading the Markets)

Book Q&A: A talks with Tim Maurer author of Simple Money: A No-Nonsense Guide to Personal Finance about the difference between saving for retirement and financial independence.  (The Evidence-Based Investor)

Book review: Spencer Jakab’s Heads I Win, Tails I Win “provides a plain-spoken and accessible starting point for busy part-timers anxious to improve their odds.” (Barron’s)

Book list: Two books on money you should get including Jonathan Clements’ How To Think About Money and Spencer Jakab’s Heads You Win, Tails You Win.  (Forbes)

Book Q&A: Derek Thompson talks with Ryan Avent about his new book The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Statu in the 21st Century.  (The Atlantic)


Book Q&A: Larry Olmsted talks about his new book Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It.  (Knowledge@Wharton)

Book review: You can’t put down Luke Dittrich’s Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets(Reading the Markets)

Book list: The best books of the year so-far including Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  (Slate)

Book list: The top 25 books of the year (so far) including Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff.  (Esquire)

Book review: Seoul Man: A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan by Frank Ahrens is an “entertaining read.”  (FT)

Book excerpt: Kenneth Goldsmith’s Wasting Time on the Internet on whether “screen addiction” is all that bad.  (Quartz)

Book review: Mark Suster “can’t recommend [Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Famil and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance] strongly enough.”  (Both Sides of the Table)

Book review: Brad Feld writes “if love a great non-fiction book that reads like a novel, A Truck Full of Money [by Tracy Kidder] should be the next book you read.”  (Medium)

Book notes: How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not and What Strategies Spark the Best Decisions by Therese Huston on generating more options for yourself. (FT)

Book list: A starter book list for investors including Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.  (Washington Post)

Book list: 7 books on drinking including Reid Mitenbuler’s Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey.  (The Daily Beast)

Book review: Reading Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong will have you question some of your strongly held beliefs.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Book excerpt: How to think like a designer, from Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett.  (WSJ)

Book review: Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment by Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang document a new era for entertainment.  (FT)

Book notes: Why we should take profanity seriously. A look at Benjamin K. Bergen’s What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains and Ourselves.  (Time)

Book review: Play Anything: The Pleasures of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games by Ian Bogost as self-help book. (Slate)

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

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