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Nov 7, 2019

morning reading:
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evening reading:
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On deck are Clear Body Clear Mind by our boy ElRon and a collection of stories by Anton Chekhov in Russian

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Nov 7, 2019

I am reading Beauty and the Beast.

Array

Nov 7, 2019

Nonviolent Communication
https://www.amazon.com/Nonviolent-Communication-La...

This book has helped me keep peace of mind when I talk to rude people. Highly recommend if you are being stressed out from someone you regularly speak to.

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Nov 7, 2019

Just finished:
Kiss or Kill

Major takeaway: Mark Twight is an unthinkably self-absorbed asshole.

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Nov 7, 2019

Currently reading:
Free to Choose

I read it ~15 years ago and didn't get all of it to land. More of it seems real this time around.

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Nov 7, 2019

Next up:
The Big Sky

Another re-read. The book is over 70 years old, but the language use is incredible. Nobody captures the spirit of frontier Montana the way AB Guthrie did.

Nov 7, 2019

The Sun Also Rises

Nov 7, 2019

Making my way through Elton John's new biography. I always found his life very interesting and the book hasn't disappointed yet.

The last book I read was Schwarzman's "What It Takes." It was interesting, but too much of an ad for Stevie, especially toward the end. I loved the parts about his upbringing, starting in the industry, and then founding and growing Blackstone. Once it got to the final few chapters about his infinite wisdom and politics and everything it fizzled out - mostly because him founding and growing Blackstone is a legitimately impressive act, while him interacting with Obama and Trump and complaining about when they didn't take his advice is far less interesting to me. Since you're on this forum, it's probably worth a read and you would probably enjoy it, but it wasn't a 10/10 like I was hoping.

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Nov 7, 2019

Interesting, didn't know he wrote a book. I read King of Capital last month and liked it a lot for the history on private equity. But the authors didn't go into the details of his upbringing. I think it's always interesting to read about that. Like young Warren Buffet counted number plates or collected golf balls to resell them.

Nov 7, 2019

Recently finished Bad Blood by John Carreyrou about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes as well as Homunculus by James Blaylock, a 'steampunk' novel.

Now currently The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow, a novel about los narcos mexicanos.

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Nov 7, 2019

Just finished Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This book will make you look at the world differently--great intro to philosophical concepts. If you've ever really thought about what "quality" means, that's what this guy did to that point it drove him insane.

Now i'm thumbing through Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Crazy how something written at the turn of the 1st millennium features thoughts and personal issues that are applicable in life today. His writings will make you care less about what other's think about you: "Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now
take what's left and live it properly."

On a major Philosophy kick.

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Nov 7, 2019
Porters6thForce:

Just finished Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This book will make you look at the world differently--great intro to philosophical concepts. If you've ever really thought about what "quality" means, that's what this guy did to that point it drove him insane.

Now i'm thumbing through Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Crazy how something written at the turn of the 1st millennium features thoughts and personal issues that are applicable in life today. His writings will make you care less about what other's think about you: "Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now
take what's left and live it properly."

On a major Philosophy kick.

I keep Meditations in the car. Because I get furious if I have to wait for something. It helps to calm me.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Nov 7, 2019

Re-reading the Art of War by Sun Tzu. Another two books I recommend is A spy among friends, Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal and also Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times by George Crile.

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

Nov 7, 2019

Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, a very intense and grueseme read. It's from the same author that wrote The Road.

Nov 7, 2019

Red Notice by Bill Browder.

If you haven't checked this out you need to ASAP. Amazing window into Russia and Putin.

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Notice-Finance-Murder-J...

Nov 7, 2019

Dignity by Chris Arnade is a great read

Nov 7, 2019

The Mindful Athlete - Secrets To Pure Performance (George Mumford, who helped MJ and Kobe reach peak performance)

Nov 7, 2019

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (CEO of Haven)

Nov 7, 2019

Recently I read "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack Weatherford which was great. Other than providing a history of the Mongols' conquests, it also talked about his tactics and managerial style fairly in depth.

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Nov 8, 2019

I really enjoyed GK & the Making of the Modern World, I read it a couple of years ago.

Also read Weatherford's "follow-up" to it, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, which was interesting as well.

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Nov 12, 2019

Will have to check that out for sure, really interesting to read about something that I only have the briefest idea of before diving in.

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Nov 7, 2019

Liar's Poker

Nov 8, 2019

I too just finished Schwarzman's What It Takes. I agree, the book could've been much more; but it was a very interesting read nevertheless.

Right now, I am reading Kochland which unravels the rise of Koch Industries. It has been a pretty good read, especially because all the other material on Koch is either too preachy or too bleak. The book tries to show things as they are or have been at Koch, which is interesting.

I am also reading this book Dream Big by Cristiane Correa. It follows the story of how 3G Capital was established and how it made some of its most remarkable acquisitions, before the Kraft Heinz writedown saga.

Paired with this, I am reading a compilation of essays by Richard Russo called Destiny Thief. Between all the private equity heavyhaulers, it is a breath of fresh air!

Nov 8, 2019

Just finished Ray Dalio's Principles.

Nov 8, 2019

"Capital in the Twenty-First Century"... and, Penthouse, on the bus.

Nov 8, 2019

Triggered by my great son, Donald Trump Jr

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Nov 8, 2019

Check out The Man Who Solved the Markets. Just came out. On Jim Simmons and his fund.

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Nov 14, 2019

It was such a breeze. I read it in a week. Loved it.

Nov 20, 2019

Was it mostly biographical or does it get a bit into some other things too?

Nov 8, 2019

Currently reading The Power Broker by Caro. It's a long book but well-written and gives a fascinating view on politics and the development of NYC. Also recently read Skin in the Game by Taleb, all of his books are excellent.

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Nov 12, 2019

Heard great things about "The Power Broker," really interested in that.

Nov 12, 2019

Check it out in person before buying it. It does tells a really interesting story, especially if you live in NYC, but it is a slog to get through, 1,200 pages and large pages at that. I'm at page 800ish but am starting to lose steam as I want to read other things.

Nov 13, 2019

I have The Black Swan sitting on my desk. I need to read that, it seems very interesting.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Nov 8, 2019

"The Orthodox Way" by Kallistos Ware

Nov 9, 2019

The comments on this thread, dumbass.

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Nov 9, 2019

When Genuis Failed, Roger Lowenstein. Great telling of the rise and demise of LTCM. It's striking, and scary, how similar those times in the mid 90s are to today's, especially with the fanaticism around quant shops.

More Money Than God, Sebastian Mallaby. I'm listening to this one as an audiobook during my commute (in general I find it's nice to always have one book to listen to for commutes or while doing chores/working out). A lot of people on this board probably know the pseudo-mythical histories of hedge fund legends, but this is a good all-around dive into how hedge funds have evolved into what many of them are today, as well as the involvement of the hedge fund industry in some of the largest recent financial events.

Foundation, Isaac Asimov. I re-read this every year or so, as science fiction has always been my favorite literary genre, and I believe the Foundation Series to be extremely underrated.

Funniest
Nov 10, 2019

you all are fucking losers for mostly reading finance books whilst working in / trying to work in finance.

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Nov 12, 2019

Corporate Warriors by PW Singer

Nov 12, 2019

Currently I am reading the thread on WSO titled "What are you reading right now?".

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Nov 12, 2019

Warren Buffett PERSONALLY recommended that I read this book:

https://books.google.com/books/about/My_Little_Pon...

Nov 13, 2019
  • Man's Search for Meaning, my friend gave this book to me
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, I'm actually a huge nerd and learning basic concepts about physics calms me down from my job.
  • Clean Code, I'm learning to code and this book is really good. Even outside of coding, it's all about simplicity and elegance in things.
  • I also enrolled in a multivariable calculus course online and have to read through the textbook.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Nov 13, 2019
Malta Monkey:

* I also enrolled in a multivariable calculus course online and have to read through the textbook.

ew

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Nov 13, 2019

I actually took multivariable calc in college and it was one of my favorite classes. I'm one of those math/ physics guys who hated bio/ anthropology.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Nov 14, 2019

The Case Against Reality by Donald D. Hoffman
https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolut...

....what is reality...how far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go?

Nov 15, 2019

SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE: HOW THE FEDERAL RESERVE RUNS THE COUNTRY is a great book on the history of the Federal Reserve, the Fed's relation to politics and previous Fed decisions.

This 700 page tome is a must read. I am also reading 7 habits of highly successful people, and a collection of Joseph Conrad's novels.

I tried.
Nov 20, 2019

What are the Joseph Conrad books you're thinking of reading? I remember reading Heart of Darkness in high school, I'd be interested in checking out some of his other stuff.

Nov 15, 2019

The Picture of Dorian Grey. Planning on getting into Meditations and The Art of Worldly Wisdom after that.

Nov 20, 2019

Has anyone read the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon? Heard that it's pretty dry and long as shit, but have also heard some otherwise good things about it, wanted to see if anyone recommended it before taking the plunge.

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Nov 20, 2019

Straight to hell

Nov 22, 2019
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