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 (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!


Q&A: With Joel Tillinghast portfolio manager of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock and author of the newly published Big Money Thinks Small: Biases, Blind Spots and Smarter Investing.  (Barron’s)

Q&A: Robin Powell talks with Meir Statman author of Finance for Normal People: How Investors and Markets Behave.  (carbon financial)

Q&A: Brad Feld on why a second edition of Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job was warranted.  (MinneInno)

List: These are the most important business books of all-time including The Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed.  (Business Insider)

Review: Ed Thorpe’s A Man for All Markets “is an enlightening story of someone who ought to be better known in investment circles.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Review: Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts by David Gerhard is a highly skeptical take on the cryptocurrency boom.  (Value and Opportunity)

Endorsement: Andrew Sorkin on Ray Dalio’s book Principles: Life and Work, “I was surprisingly moved by it. I found it to be remarkably engaging. It made me think about life and how we all deal with each other in pretty profound ways.”  (Dealbook)

Review: Joel Tillinghast’s Big Money Thinks Small: Biases, Blind Spots, and Smarter Investing is “highly recommended.”  (Aleph Blog)

Review: Joel Tillinghast’s Big Money Thinks Small: Biases, Blind Spots, and Smarter Investing is “a cornucopia of investing wisdom.”  (Reading the Markets)

Review: Exchange-Traded Funds and the New Dynamics of Investing by Ananth N. Madhavan is an “essential reference.”  (Enterprising Investor)

Review: A Practitioner’s Guide to Asset Allocation by William Kinlaw, Mark P. Kritzman, and David Turkington is “a carefully researched book.”  (Reading the Markets)

Excerpt: How Ray Dalio author of Principles: Life and Work, came to support radical openness at Bridgewater Associates.  (Fortune)

Review: William Birdthistle’s  Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now “delivers critical concepts with style and practicality.”  (Enterprising Investor)


List: These are the 17 books on the long list for the FT & McKinsey business book of the year award including Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella.  (FT)

Excerpt: Has meditation strayed too far from its Buddhist roots? From Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.  (Wired)

Recommendation:Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy a few weeks ago. It’s a must read for every human on this planet.  (Brad Feld)

Q&A: A talk with Ryan Holiday author of Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts . (Heleo)

Insights: How to drink wine like a pro. Thoughts from Marissa A. Ross’s book Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking.  (Quartz)

Excerpt: From Ellen Pao’s new memoir Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.  (The Cut)

Notes: We have a complicated relationship with pigs. Insights from Pig/Pork: Archaeology, Zoology and Edibility by Pía Spry-Marqués.  (New Scientist)

Interview: With Tim Harford author of Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.  (Smithsonian)

Excerpt: How barbed wire changed America. An excerpt from Tim Harford’s  Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.  (BBC)

Excerpt: Why dating in your 20s is awful. An excerpt from iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean Twenge.  (The Cut)

Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment is Robert Wright’s most ambitious book. (Scientific American)

Review: “No particular wine expertise is required to savor In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire [by Peter Hellman].”  (WSJ)

Review: Tim Harford’s  Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy is “works well” and is “constantly surprising.” (Matt Ridley Blog)

Notes: In his book Dr. James DiNicolantonio The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong — And How Eating More Might Save Your Life “rails against salt orthodoxy, not only arguing against salt restriction but even suggesting we eat more of it.” (NPR)

Excerpt: When a young Jimmy Fallon had to follow Jerry Seinfeld on stage from Tripp Whetsell’s The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up.  (The Daily Beast)

Endorsement: Tim Harford thinks Garry Kasparov’s Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins is “great stuff.”  (Tim Harford)

Endrorsement: Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy, by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake “is one of this year’s most important and stimulating economic reads.”  (Marginal Revolution)

Endorsement: Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment is a “fantastic book that speaks directly to a secular reader.”  (Ben Casnocha)

Q&A: Franklin Foer in World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech looks at the downside of the power of the big tech companies. (The Verge)

Review: In case you forgot FIFA is thoroughly corrupt a look at David Conn’s The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer. (NY Books)

Q&A: Why Robert Sutton wrote The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.  (Quiet Revolution)

Review: The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy by Scott E. Page explains the benefits of cognitive and identity diversity.  (Reading the Markets)

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

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