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 (March) 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!


Excerpt: A look inside the Libor scandal in David Enrich’s The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History.  (WSJ)

Review: David Enrich’s The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History isa vivid depiction of the ethos of the core financial institutions upon which the global economy depends.”  (NYTimes)

Q&A: Noah Smith and Tyler Cowen talk about Tyler’s book The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.  (Bloomberg View)

Book Q&A: Ben Carlson author of Organizational Alpha: How to Add Value in Institutional Asset Management talks with Jeffrey Ptak of Morningstar about the book.  (Morningstar)

Review: Caveats aside, Real-Time Risk: What Investors Should Know About FinTech, High-Frequency Trading, and Flash Crashes by Irene Aldridge and Steve Krawciw has insights into market microstructure.  (Reading the Markets)

Review: High Returns from Low Risk: A Remarkable Stock Market Paradox by Pim van Vliet and Jan de Koning is a decidedly non-quantitative look at the low vol anomaly.  (Reading the Markets)

Review: Ed Thorp’s A Man For All Markets is “one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”  (The Brooklyn Investor)

Review: The Fix: How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World’s Most Important Number by Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch is a “riveting tale of illegal behavior.”  (Reading the Markets)

Notes: Duff Mcdonald author of The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite asks: how much is HBS to blame for our economic woes? (NYTimes)

Review: In 200 pages Benjamin C. Waterhouse’s book The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States ably takes you through the history of US business.  (Reading the Markets)

Q&A: What investors need to know about technology. A talk with Ric Edelman author of The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later.  (ETF)


Review: Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly [by Isaac Lidsky] is an ‘intellectually sophisticated, uplifting book that I highly recommend.”  (Reading the Markets)

Review: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis is “an engrossing biographical perspective on this brilliant academic duo.”  (Alpha Architect)

Review: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West: A Novel is a “disconcertingly timely novel.”  (Vox)

Q&A: A discussion with Yuval Noah Harari about the future of humanity and his book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.  (Guardian)

Review: Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste is “thrilling” and filled with “gonzo élan.”  (NYTimes)

Notes: Insights from Tom Verducci’s The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse on how the Cubs built a World Series winner and why building a dynasty is nearly impossible.  (Slate)

Review: Care less says Stephen Marche author of The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century. (NYTimes)

Notes: The story of butter is the story of America. Insights from Elaine Khosrova’s Butter: A Rich History.  (Washington Post)

Notes: Silicon Valley types love the A Culture Novel series by sci-fi writer Iain M. Banks.  (Economist)

Recommendation: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is “a gem amid self-help dross.”  (Tim Harford)

Excerpt: Grit is great but you have to know when to quit, an excerpt from Susan David’s Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life.  (Quartz)

Notes: Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim argues that creativity and rest go hand in hand.  (Farnam Street)

Notes: Learning isn’t easy and other insights from Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything.  (The Atlantic)

Review: Tom Verducci’s The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Brekaing the Curse “offers extraordinary access to the inner workings of the Cubs. ”  (WSJ)

Q&A: Scott Simon author of My Cubs: A Love Story talks about what its like to live in a new world.  (Slate)

Endorsement: Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths is “intriguing and well-researched with lots of good storytelling.”  (Tim Harford)

Review: Why we eat octopus but not cats: insights from Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat by Barbara J. King.  (WSJ)

Notes: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are is “new and fascinating.”  (Marginal Revolution)

Q&A: Much of what we believe about emotions are false says Lisa Feldman Barrett  author of How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.  (The Verge)

Don’t forget to check in with us on May 1st when we highlight the best-selling books on the site from April.