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 (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!


Review: A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Stock Market History by Diana Henriques “is a first-class book.”  (Reading the Markets)

Review: Economics for Independent Thinkers by Daniel Nevins is “useful to practitioners who make economic forecasting part of their investment process.” (Enterprising Investor)

Review: A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Stock Market History by Diana Henriques presents a “compelling account” of the crash. (WSJ)

Notes: Jason Calacanis is “peddling a kind of populist movement for investing” in Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups–Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.  (NYTimes)

Review: Winning the Loser’s Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing, Seventh Edition (2017) by Charles D. Ellis, CFA is still “an investment classic.”  (CFA Institute)

Review: Smart Portfolios: A Practical Guide to Building and Maintaining Intelligent Investment Portfolios by Robert Carver is a “recommended read.”  (Reading the Markets)

Endorsement: On Ross Baird’s The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What to Do About It, “I encourage everyone in the innovation economy to read it.”  (Brad Feld)


List: Seven books Microsoft CEO Satya Nardella recommends including The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon.  (Fast Company)

List: The short list for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award is out and includes The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant. (FT)

Q&A: Nick Riggle author of On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck on creating “social openings.”  (Scientific American)

Q&A: Derek Thompson talks air conditioning an barbed wire with Tim Harford author of Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.  (The Atlantic)

List: Some books that Ray Dalio author of Principles: Life and Work recommends including The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean Carroll.  (Market Folly)

Review: The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought by Dennis Rasmussen is a “touching and illuminating book.” (NYTimes)

Excerpt: From Scott Galloway’s The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google on the relentless rise of Amazon.  (WSJ) 0735213658

Excerpt: Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) by Morra Aarons-Mele. (Quiet Revolution)

Excerpt: On achievement and happiness from Morra Aarons-Mele’s Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There.  (Wired)

Q&A: With Scott Galloway author of The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.  (Barron’s) 0735213658

Excerpt: The first chapter from Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.  (Tim Ferriss)

Q&A: With techno-optimist Tim O’Reilly author of WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us. (Wired) 0062565710

Review: Scott Galloway’s The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google is “more than just a business book.”  (Wired)

Q&A: Tim Harford author of Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy “Very often the stuff that changes the world is not inherently remarkable. It’s just a cheap way of doing something.”  (Behavioral Scientist)

Excerpt: How meditation changes the brain from Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davison.  (Behavioral Scientist)

Q&A: With Eli Finkel author of The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work.  (Vox)

Recommendation: Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft and and author of Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone says Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success changed his life.  (WSJ)

List: Tim Harford recommends some books on behavioral economics including Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter.  (Tim Harford)

Q&A: With Chip and Dan Heath authors of The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact.  (Quiet Revolution)

Excerpt: On the surge in open offices from The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World. by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman.  (Behavioral Scientist)

Excerpt: From Jason Fagone’s The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.  (Longreads)

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

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