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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  • Greater Than Ever: New York's Big Comeback by Daniel Doctoroff (2017), who was Bloomberg's deputy mayor for economic development after 9/11 and later founded Sidewalk Labs.
  • I think that the current advances in technology and proptech specifically should be used more to help create better cities. CRE overall is a very low tech industry
  • I'm just about 1/3 of the way, but there were some examples of how he tried to foster specific industrial development in the city (e.g., biosciences, light manufacturing, filming, etc.). Not all of them were successful, but some were.
  • Anyone interested in urbanism, proptech, NYC history.

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DiscountedStashBlow, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dan Doctoroff sat down beside me at an airport a few years ago, spent half an hour answering my legal/business questions and giving me advice.

Super good dude

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

damn that's awesome. I haven't followed them too closely recently, but Sidewalk Labs is a really interesting team within Google (though that Toronto neighborhood idea that was scrapped was kind of crazy tbh).

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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16d
Iceburg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

- The Gulag Archipelago 

- I was interested in why I learned so little about Russia when they killed many times the amount of people the germans did in the 20th century. Nazi Germany killed 6 million people and communist Russia killed somewhere around 50 million. I was interested in why high school curriculum contained so little about this. 

- The book is extremely interesting and shows how quickly Marxist/Communist policies become malicious and deadly. The book does a good job of highlighting how the size of government needed to enforce Marxist policies is so large that it becomes extremely harmful. The soviets wanted to eliminate classes and to do so punished anyone that had anything to their name. This caused the productive people in society to be stripped of their belongings because they were "oppressors." A perfect example of this is the Kulaks. The Kulaks were a group of Soviet farmers that had at least something to their name. Because of this they were called "oppressors and had all of their property taken as a result of being in the oppressive upper class. As a result of this class guilt, millions of people starved and died. This is eerily and worryingly similar to things we see today with people crying oppression at every turn. 

- I would recommend this book to people that are Marxist/Communist lol. People that buy into the agenda of all rich people are bad and think redistribution is the answer to anything. When you give the government that kind of power it never ever ends well. Maoist China is another good example of how deadly this kind of thinking is in practice. It sounds good on paper but is almost instantly deadly in practice. 

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16d
joehuntbbc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering by Cameron Hanes. 

I picked this book to understand and acquire life principles that I can take with me for the rest of my life. I believed that this book would maximize my professional and personal life to the absolute fullest.

This book is my bible. 
 

I would recommend it to anyone who has been in a pathetic and disadvantaged place in their life. Someone who wants to live their life to the absolute fullest with no stopping. Those motivated to max out their potential.

16d
Beer-Kleiza, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Great read, guy is a savage while still level headed, gave me feeling of putting things in perspective a bit more.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Poker Winners are Different

by 

Alan N. Schoonmaker, PhD

Recommended by Michael Loncar, America's Cardroom Pro and Turbokings Coach

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Bizkitgto, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Currently reading: "Midnight Tides" by Steven Erikson, Malazan Book #5. I love the series (Malazan: Book of the Fallen), and highly recommend it to anyone that loves (darkish) fantasy like ASOIAF, and is looking for a new series to get in to (this series, has 10 books and is finished, unlike ASOIAF). 

Next up: "Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson, Stormlight Archive #1

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thebrofessor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

2 books

if this is a man by primo levi

picked bc my italian tutor recommended it

similar to a mans search for meaning, it will stop you in your tracks by some of the moments described in the book. how a sunny day even in a concentration camp can bring joy, how the simple waving of a finger one way can mean life, and the other way death, it's heavy

recommend to everyone

other one is a collection of essays by miguel de unamuno (agony of christianity among others)

picked at random in a bookstore in sevilla (book at random, not author, I'd read him before and like his style)

interesting bc among other things, it's almost a stream of consciousness struggle with his own faith and the inherent agony that faith is not a one and done decision, but something with which you must constantly wrestle, it's fascinating and I've felt it myself

recommend to people who have a penchant for philosophy, particularly christian philosophy, and the patience for stream of consciousness writing

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Griddy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Literally just finished reading "San Manuel Bueno, Martir" for class by Unamuno. Not sure if this is included in your book, but definitely add it as it is exactly the theme you describe

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benshapiro, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My dad's been begging me to read Primo Levi's work. It sounds incredible. There's a book about the Vilnius Ghetto and the Partizan fighters who escaped from it called The Avengers which is one of my favorite Holocaust books as well. Worth a read for sure.

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Beer-Kleiza, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Recently finished John Mack's bio, great read, would definitely recommend.

Almost finished with New kings of New York, about some of the biggest real estate moguls in New York like Ross, Macklowe, Zeckendorfs, developments like Hudson yards, Billionaires' Row. How some of these guys almost lost it all during the credit crisis. Enjoyed it very much, the combination of guts and resilience these guys have is quite inspirational.

Next on my list is A bankers journey about Edmond Safra

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waqarahmed, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  • I just finished 'the grand strategy of the Roman empire' by Edward Luttwak.

  • I picked this up since I have been reading Roman history (Kingdom, Republic and Empire) for the last couple of months. This book was the last book I had bookmarked to read from the Roman era. Also, a word on how I read books...I started a personal history reading project at the start of last year. I have been reading the history of the world and different empires in a sequential manner from the Persian Achaemenid empire onwards. I have just finished the Roman era and will now continue reading books on the Byzantine empire. So yeah it will take me a few more years to reach the present day.

  • Yeah very interesting but a little bit dry due to all the technical details of Roman formations and legions.

  • For anyone interested in strategy.

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:
waqarahmed
  • Roman history (Kingdom, Republic and Empire)

Really a fascinating history in how as a largely unitary state in ancient times they went through that many government structure changes. Really unique.

  • I have been reading the history of the world and different empires in a sequential manner from the Persian Achaemenid empire onwards. I have just finished the Roman era and will now continue reading books on the Byzantine empire.

What books did you read about the Persians and other empires? This is a really cool reading project, I want to do this.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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waqarahmed, what's your opinion? Comment below:

On the Persian empire, I read just one book. It's called 'the history of ancient Persia: The Achaemenid empire' by Maria Brosius. It is a short book but covers the entire Achaemenid empire. I haven't read about this empire in great detail but I intend to read more about the Persians and Cyrus the Great. For the Seleucid empire, I read two books by Paul J. Kosmin, 'the land of the elephant kings: Space, territory, and ideology in the Seleucid empire' and 'time and its adversaries in the Seleucid empire'.

If you want to connect on LinkedIn or by email we can do that and I can share with you my reading list. Thanks for taking an interest in my project.

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armadillo999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli - highly recommend it if you are interested in the physics and perception of "time"

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TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides, it's about Kit Carson. That period of the American West has always interested me. 

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Poff, what's your opinion? Comment below:

- Gobble Gobble Mr. Wobble by Becky Cummings

- I didn't pick it, I've been forced to read it every night since Halloween

- Well, the book starts off and I thought Mr. Wobble was going to get eaten for Thanksgiving dinner but, *spoiler alert* the author is apparently vegan so the farmer ends up making lasagna

- I guess I'd recommend it to Vegan parents (I'm certainly not one)

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crazycoffeedrinker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The Death of Mrs Westaway.

Wanted a book where I can get lost in, its a mystery book and I just started but reviews look promising. 

Recommended for anyone who just wants an easy read, one you can take with you on your year end vacation.

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HTX112, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Currently reading The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan. So far it's been really interesting and pretty easy to read too. Would recommend if you have an interest in trade, energy markets or just like to think about where the world's going. Although, I'd really be interested in hearing a counterpoint since he's basically predicting the complete collapse of the world as we know it 

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swirlofyuzu, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just finished reading Forbidden Colors by Mishima. Huge fan of Mishima and his work. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in japanese literature

Planning on reading "A Banker's Journey" on Edmond Safra. 

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trying_my_best, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Best Practices for Equity Research Analysts

The guy who wrote this (ex Research Director at MS i think) seems so full of himself lol - thinks that ER is the best job there is, every ER analyst is smart as shit and managers in coverage companies ('normal companies') are dumb. Interesting as a student - lent some insight into how an ER analyst thinks, builds his framework, and avoids wasting time drowning in data (but then I'm unsure if EVERYONE in the profession follows these guidelines lol cuz there are certainly useless analysts out there who just regurgitate consensus). Not sure if a seasoned professional would find it useful.

The author makes a very interesting recommendation imo - he thinks a huge reason why most active managers fail to beat the market is because analysts cover way too many stocks (50+ at buyside firms which is insane). His recommendation for this problem is to cover less stocks. I wonder if this is a viable solution - begs the question if the reason most active strategies fail is truly due to overreaching and lack of skill and DD, and not due to the fundamental zero-sum game nature of the business

Lays out concrete examples of how he built a mosaic and triangulated critical factors from purpose-driven management interviews which collectively gave him an informational advantage, which is the only way to generate alpha. Painting a picture of inside information using just public info, which imo is the only way to go in deep liquid markets like equities. Also gave concrete examples of how public info can be mis-interpreted and mispriced by the market, especially if the market is uninformed of the sector or the company. This was what I was looking for out of a book like this. Helped me to internalize my research internship and reflect on some experiences

If you're looking for more of a philosophical and technical discussion/ bio of finance, i wouldn't recommend this lol

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