messy_0816No book-related posts to mention this month but I am in the middle of reading Tim Harford’s Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives and would recommend it based on the first fifty pages.

You can also check out the previous edition of this linkfest, or our latest monthly (September) 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: The Volatility Smile by Emanuel Derman and Michael B. Miller is not for casual readers. (Reading the Markets)

Book review: Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems by Georgia Levenson Keohane shows how finance can be a source for good.  (Reading the Markets)

Book list: Five books for novice investors including The Dhando Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns by Monish Pabrai.  (InvestorPlace)

Book review: Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible by William Goetzmann is “rigorously researched and extremely enjoyable to read..” (Enterprising Investor)

Book Q&A: Why Kenneth Rogoff author of The Curse of Cash thinks the US should eliminate most cash money.  (Washington Post)

Book review: “I highly recommend All I Want To Know Is Where I’m Going To Die So I’ll Never Go There: Buffett & Munger – A Study in Simplicity and Uncommon, Common Sense [by Peter Bevelin] to everyone with an interest in business analysis and investing.” (Hurricane Capital)

Book list: Six books Michele Hansen had wished she had read sooner including The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards.  (Medium)

Book review: Randall Kroszner reviews The Man Who Knew by Sebastian Mallaby the “definitive biography” of Alan Greenspan.  (WSJ)

Book notes: Wade Pfau, author of Reverse Mortgages: How to Use Reverse Mortgages to Secure Your Retirement makes the case for reverse mortgages.  (Money)


Book review: Knowing stuff still matters. Head in the Cloud: Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up by William Poundstone is a good read. (Reading the Markets)

Book notes: Connection is not communication. Insights from Larry Rosen’s The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World.  (Marketwatch)

Book review: Ryan Avent’s The Wealth of Humans treads the line between techno-optimism and techno-pessimism. (FT)

Book notes: Forget the mania to clean up. Tim Harford in Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives says messy can be creative. (Bloomberg)

Book notes: A history of the craft cocktail revival in Robert Simonson’s A Proper Drink: The Untold Story of How a Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World.  (kottke)

Book notes: Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro sounds like a fun, ripped from the headlines, financial thriller.  (Banker’s Anonymous)

Book notes: Can an algorithm identify bestsellers? Insights from The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster by Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers.  (FT)

Book review: Norm Macdonald’s Based on a True Story is “the best new book I’ve read this year or last.”  (WSJ)

Book reviews: Two rave reviews for The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  (MFO)

Book excerpt: Richard McManus’ science fiction novel Presence explores a future world awash in VR.  (TechCrunch)

Book review: Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford is his “best and deepest work.”  (Marginal Revolution)

Book list: 23 book recommendations from Mark Zuckerberg including Sapiens by Yuval Harai.  (Farnam Street)

Book excerpt: “The wealth of humans is societal.” from Ryan Avent’s The Wealth of Humans.  (evonomics)

Book notes: Why we should re-consider the power of mess via Tim Harford’s Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives. (Quartz)

Book list: Robert Cialdini author Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade lists six books about influence including Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.  (Marketwatch)

Book review: Tim Harford’s Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives is a “wonderful book that challenges the “good housekeeping” approach to life. It’s well worth a read.” (Reading the Markets)

Book review: Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World is a “very useful book.” (value and opportunity)

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

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