Non-Fiction Books

I know this has been touched numerous times but I haven't seen it in a while so figured why not. Anyone read any non-fiction books lately that they enjoyed or really made them think. All topics are welcome. My personal favorite this year has been Bad Blood.

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May 4, 2019

inception

May 6, 2019

extreme ownership is okay on a more serious note. bad blood also good

May 5, 2019

I highly recommend the entire body of work produced by Nassim Taleb and Yuval Noah Harari. Taleb's work will not be anything new for people who are already applying high level statistics and mathematics to finance; yet, he gives a very fresh look to things.

Harari, on the other hand, has become the source for deriving applicable insights using human evolution as your north star. For instance, he shows how things dramatically change in an organization as soon as it hits the headcount of 150 people

Up close in the alley of finance, I have really enjoyed reading Michael Mauboussin's work; especially Expectations Investing - it will just open up new dimensions of thinking for you.

So, all the books by Taleb, Harari and Mauboussin. Those would be my picks. Would love to hear more from the veteran ape-gods.

P.S. If you enjoyed Bad Blood you'll also enjoy the podcast The Dropout, which gives an audio account of the same narrative.

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May 5, 2019

lot of fucking books out there. i guess here's a few:

-Man's Search For Meaning - find meaning through suffering
-Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life some mindset shit if your shit's not on lock already
-Discipline Equals Freedom - more mindset shit. world don't owe you shit type shit. internalize that shit
-The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need - yall finance cubicle nerds should read this. especially the younger guys i think
-Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Part I & 2) - learn some more about what humans can endure.

I forgot you said non fiction but im gonna carry on like this suck my dick im stupid hungover

-Beyond Mars and Venus - learn to tame your bitch
-Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - good read vaguely about marketing. there's a sequel or two now.
-read that book influence by cialdini and there's a sequel too now. get your way more
-Becoming a Supple Leopard - learn to take care of your shitty little body
-Exuberance: The Passion For Life - some people have a lot of energy. got it? cool.
-if you're curious about suicide, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by the same author as above. if you think killing yourself might be a good move one of these days, read that first. you can still do it, just be informed.
-The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence - read this and then learn to choke people too.

-The Book of Five Rings - yeah obviously. become a quiet savage through discipline and letting go

you wanna know who wrote a fucking garbage trash book? lewis howes. it's called The School of Greatness. you absolutely should not read it. i did so you wouldn't have to. he's a fucking shitstick. fuck lewis howes. fake ass phony ass bullshitter talking out his ass for 212 pages on some chicklit for soft men. fuck lewis howes.

-A Farewell to Arms - shit's somber sometimes and sometimes people die and nobody gives a fuck. life ant shit smoke weed every day
-you been putting off reading ayn rand? keep putting it off. indefinitely. that message does not take 1200 pages to covey. i read all that shit so you wouldnt have to. all her books. just read Anthem in a fucking evening and call it a wrap. oh and watch all 3 fountainhead or atlas movies or whatever in sequential order for some FUCKING HILARITY. look up the budget for each film too.
-Cashflow Quadrant - basic shit learn what to do with your money
-Drawings From The Gulag - more human suffering. lots of anal shit
-Elements of Style - learn to write when it matters
-read your kid some fucking harry potter by the bedside why not. quit giving apple your money

wanna know another profoundly bad book? Jesus' Son by dennis johnson. fucking moronic druggie ranting. speaking of moronic druggie ranting, what is on the road by jack karowak? that book almost drove me to sobriety i tell you he is an embarrassment to alcoholics. stupid dipshit died of internal bleeding in his mommy's house. pussy.

-Mr. China Tim Clissold - CHINA IS WILD
-Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - this guy was a hustlerr
-Read Plato's Republic cause goldie said so. democracy is kinda lame tho tbh we need a benevolent dictator. maybe goldie one day.
-Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice - DIFFERENT PEOPLE LIVE DIFFERENT

you know what else not to read? anything tim ferris has written. do listen to his podcast though

dude already said nassim taleb but i echo that he is very smart. maybe start with black swan

don't read the art of war either. i mean, do. but dont. chances are you arent nearly cold blooded enough to begin to apply those concepts. youre just gonna leave it on your shitty little scratched up ikea coffee table to impress hos about how wise your dumb ass is

-The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - because LOL. read his other shit too. for fun
-The Old Man and the Sea - SOLITUDE and your life aint shit

dont read the prince. again, because youre a pussy.

-The Stranger Albert Camus - another garbage novela by a self-important fuckstick

if i see big sean out in public i might get arrested he has no business making noise with his face
my fucking god i am upset at the world right now

have a good day you shitbags. i have a fucking life insurance physical tomorrow so i cant even drink tonight how am i gonna make it through this fucking day god damn

heister:

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May 5, 2019

please keep going goldie. need more rec's

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May 6, 2019

goldie, what is your take on lost illusions?

May 6, 2019

Never heard of it

heister:

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May 6, 2019
  • fuckin 1,000 if I could for HHGTTG
May 7, 2019
GoldenCinderblock:

-you been putting off reading ayn rand? keep putting it off. indefinitely. that message does not take 1200 pages to covey. i read all that shit so you wouldnt have to. all her books. just read Anthem in a fucking evening and call it a wrap. oh and watch all 3 fountainhead or atlas movies or whatever in sequential order for some FUCKING HILARITY. look up the budget for each film too.

my man. it's absurd how many people these days take that hypocrite's word as gospel. garbage writer and even worse pseudophilosopher

May 5, 2019

One author I highly recommend is Dan Ariely, a behavioural economist from Israel who teaches at Duke. He has many books (all worth reading at some point) but my two favourite are The Honest Truth about Dishonesty and Predictably Irrational. Both great books that explore numerous psychological phenomena and attempt to give a rational rationale to illogical or irrational decisions and actions. You can power through each in about 1 month and are a great read.

Another underrated book is The Art of Choosing by the blind author, Sheena Iyengar. Similar to the others above but specifically related to decisions in a variety of contexts from love to jobs and shopping.

A final one which is more on the topic of foreign aid, geopolitics and the economy in Africa is Dead Aid which discusses the flaws in the modern foreign aid model, the impact that it has had on numerous developing African nations and what can be done to fix it. Written by the incredibly gifted Dambisa Moyo; a Zimbabwean economist, ex-Goldman Sachs employee and Harvard + Oxford alumnus.

As mentioned above, there are literally thousands of great books but these 4 are a good place to start.

May 6, 2019

thanks for the recommendations broseph. just ordered all 3. from ebay ofc. and not from amazon. because i like saving money. but yo how does it take you a month to finish a book?

heister:

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May 7, 2019

20-30 mins in bed every night before going to sleep! Plus, books like Dead Aid and The Art of Choosing are quite slim, the others take perhaps 1-2 months.

May 6, 2019

OP read lost illusions, if you like it then read Bel Ami. The stories are pretty similar but in Bel Ami it's like every character is retarded except for the main character who is playing life on god mode, and then lost illusions is more realistic

not non fiction btw but you won't regret it

May 6, 2019

Say Nothing. Book about the IRA and the Troubles.

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May 6, 2019

The Steve Jobs biography will never not be a stunning read.

May 6, 2019

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford was a really good read. Other than the history, Weatherford does a good job of highlighting the strategies Genghis used to manage his military, establish alliances, and set up the administration over a large empire made up of a multitude of different ethnicity.

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May 6, 2019

Read that quite recently . its a great read !

May 6, 2019

My personal favourite read this year: Rise and Kill First. Book about Israel's assassination program. The Undoing Project is a great and quick read. Nudge; Thinking Fast and Slow are very nice Psychology books if you want that, Beyond Freedom and Dignity and the Unheard Cry for Meaning for some more old school psychology.

May 7, 2019

Boomerang by Michael Lewis. Haven't read everything he's written, but it is personally my favorite and I found it incredibly eye-opening. Deals with the aftermath of the financial crisis, but on a global scale, and targets the economies of the US, Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Germany, and 1-2 other nations.

May 8, 2019
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May 8, 2019