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 (June) 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!


List: A 2017 Summer Reading list including Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar.  (market f0lly)

Review: Efficiently Inefficient: How Smart Money Invests & Market Prices Are Determined by Lasse Heje Pedersen is “encyclopedic in its cataloging of active management strategies..”  (Enterprising Investor)

Q&A: Some direct questions (and answers) from Sam Zell author of Am I Being Too Subtle?  (Barron’s)

Q&A: A discussion with Jim Ware, CFA, Michael Falk, CFA, and Keith Robinson, co-authors of Money, Meaning, and Mindset: Radical Reform for the Investment Industry.  (CFA Institute)

Review: Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World’s Greatest Concentrated Investors by Allen C. Benello, Michael van Biema, and Tobias E. Carlisle is “a valuable addition to any active investor’s library.”  (CFA Institute)

Review: Scott Nation’s A History of the United States in Five Crashes is a “pleasure to read.” (WSJ)

Recommendation: Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew Lo is an “important book.”  (FT)

Recommendation: The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return by Mihir Desai is an “entertaining quest.”  (FT)

Notes: Investors will likely find Trend Following a plausible and research-supported argument for tactical trend following in many markets.”  (CXO Advisory)

Review: The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America by Rick Wartzman chronicles a by-gone age. (WSJ)


Review: Keith Law’s Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball will help you enjoy the game even more.  (WSJ)

Review: Microbrewers be damned. Our ancestors were pretty good brewers in their own right writes Patrick E. McGovern author of Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-Created.  (WSJ)

List: If you had to read only one (fiction) book this Summer including Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer.  (WSJ)

List: The best books about the history of technology including The Box: How the Shipping Container Changed the World by Marc Levinson.  (Tim Harford)

List: Seven books Josh Brown is going to read this Summer including Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker.  (Reformed Broker)

Notes: Stanford wants incoming freshmen to read Elizabeth Kolber’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.  (Business Insider)

Extras: Some items from the cutting room floor of Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.  (Tim Ferriss)

Q&A: Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach co-authors of The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone discuss why we our knowledge is not really our own.  (Scientific American)

Endorsement: Tyler Cowen writes that Brian Merchant’s The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone is “excellent.”  (Marginal Revolution)

Notes: Daniel Drezner’s The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutrocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas makes the case against the the rise of public intellectuals, i.e. thought leaders.  (New Republic)

Recommendation: The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future by Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever.  (FT)

Notes: Michael Lewis’ The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds is a “stellar story.”  (Ben Casnocha)

Q&A: How to learn better. A discussion with Ulrich Boser author of Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything.  (Heleo) Endorsement:Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog was fantastic. (Howard Lindzon)

List: A critical list of behavioral economics reading including Phil Rosenzweig’s Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions.  (Jason Collins)

List: Summer reading recommendations from the Andreessen Horowitz team including Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United by Alex Ferguson.  (a16z)

Q&A: What are the six C’s of child reading from Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.  (NPR)

Review: How medicine has failed patients with chronic fatigue. Julie Rehmeyer’s Through the Shadowlands:A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand is an excellent first-hand account of the issue.  (New Yorker)

Excerpt: Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is genuinely frightening.  (Guardian)

Review: Timothy Egan’s The Immortal Irishman is “so dense with action, adventure and amazing history that you’ll wish you didn’t get to the finish.” (The Reformed Broker)

Q&A: A discussion with Keith Law author of Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball and baseball’s “foremost intellectual.”  (Mel Magazine)

Notes: Tim Harford thinks everyone should read Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans to help you have a “creative attitude toward careers.”  (The Reading Lists)

Insights: Ryan Holiday author of Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts on how to market a “perennial seller.”  (Tim Ferriss Blog)

Notes: 20 lesson from Eric Barker’s Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong.  (Ivanhoff Capital)

Don’t forget to check in with us on August 1st when we highlight the best-selling books on the site from July 2017.

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