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 (July) 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!


Review: The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return by Mihir Desai “is a charming, provocative and readable book.” (FT)

Review: The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets by Paul Wilott and David Orrell is a “worthwhile read.”  (Reading the Markets)

Review:High Yield Debt: An Insider’s Guide to the Marketplace [by Rajay Bagaria] is an excellent book that deserves to go through multiple editions.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Lessons: 10 insights from Jason Calacanis’ Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups – Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.  (Ivanhoff Capital)

Review: Sam Zell’s Am I Being Too Subtle? is “an engaging read.”  (Investment Masters Class)

List: The best books on financial history including The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned From the Market’s Perfect Storm by Robert Bruner and Stan Carr.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Review: Quantitative Momentum: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building a Momentum-Based Stock Selection System by Wes Gray and Jack Vogel is a “fantastic read.”  (Market Misbehavior)

Review: Jesse Eisinger’s The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives is a “wakeup call.” (NPR)

Notes: Lessons learned from Ed Thorp’s A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market. (Investment Master Class)

Review: The Best Investment Writing (Volume 1) is “a wonderful collection of 32 short pieces.”  (Reading the Markets) 0857196197

List: A personal finance reading list including Helaine Olen’s Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.  (HumbleDollar)

Review: “Lo’s new book [Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought] is a fascinating exploration of the evolution of financial innovation.”  (Larry Swedroe)

Review: “Everyone should be able to benefit from reading this book [Standard Deviations, Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics by economist Gary Smith].  (Dual Momentum)


Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter [by Theodora Goss] is “the monster mashup that we really need.”  (The Verge)

Endorsement: “As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t anyone who shouldn’t read Drop the Ball: Achieve More by Doing Less [by Tiffany Dufu].”  (Business Insider)

Endorsement: Tim Harford, “Deep Work [by Cal Newport] is a brilliant book and I unreservedly recommend it.”  (Tim Harford)

Review: Lead Yourself First by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin “makes a compelling argument for the integral relationship between solitude and leadership.” (WSJ)

Excerpt: From Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.  (WSJ)

Excerpt: From Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”  (kottke)

Review: Jay Jaffe author of The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques is a “clear and clever writer.”  (WSJ)

Review: Steven Johnson’s The Invention of Air: The Story of Science, Faith and Revolution  is an “amazing book.”  (The Reformed Broker)

Review: “I highly recommend that everyone reads this [Dream Hoarders:How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It by Richard Reeves] to understand what’s happening among the classes and why things are trending further in this direction. .”  (Reformed Broker)

Excerpt: A year as an ‘Apple Genius,’ an excerpt from Nate Dern’s Not Quite a Genius. (Vice)

Discussion: A talk with Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman authors of A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. (a16z)

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