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July 17, 2020

Even though there are still travel restrictions, doesn’t mean the Investment team’s latest reading and listening recommendations can’t help you escape some of the summer heat.

  • The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players

    by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik

    A reminder on how great success is generally the result of constant improvement. Everyone can get better and this book is full of anecdotes that show how careful analysis and small improvements can have compounding effects on your results.

    Recommended by Frank

  •  Masters of Business – Conversation with Bill Miller

    One of the great investment minds putting his perspective on the current market. A must listen.

    Recommended by Frank

  • Ever Wonder Why?: and Other Controversial Essays

    by Thomas Sowell

    Noticing that your teenage or millennial kids are developing drastically different views? Want a chance to talk about controversial subjects, but not sure how to bring it up without them tearing your head off? Have everyone read one of the 2-to-3 page essays (chapters) before dinner and then discuss.

    Recommended by Geoff

  • Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

    by Christopher Leonard

    Koch Industries is one of the largest private companies in the world. While relatively unknown, Koch is embedded in the hidden infrastructure of everyday life with hundreds of businesses spanning from the manufacturing of the paper towel in your pantry to the refining of fuel in your car. This book provides a very thorough history of how the Koch brothers derived their wealth through a patient, long-term strategy of seizing opportunities. It’s a particularly insightful read during the current period of uncertainty showing that long-term wealth creation can be found in the more “mundane" parts of the economy.

    Recommended by George

  • Loserthink: How Untrained Brains are Ruining America

    by Scott Adams

    Author Scott Adams is best known for being the author/creator of the Dilbert comic strip. Even in book format, his writing is spare yet still humourous. What's most appealing about this book is that it encourages multidisciplinary thinking and gives hope that, with some training and reminders, anyone can start making better decisions and recognize poor reasoning.

    Recommended by Harry

  • A Goomba’s Guide to Life

    by Steven R. Schirripa

    Long before he appeared on the Sopranos as Bobby Baccalieri, author Steven Schirripa had a busy career as an entertainer in Vegas. His book full of recipes and stories from his childhood helps bring outsiders into the world of being Italian-American.

    Recommended by Harry

  • Grant
    by Ron Chernow

    Travel back in time by following the footsteps of Lincoln and Grant to America’s greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis in the American Civil War and its aftermath, the Reconstruction era.

    Recommended by Jason

  • The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride into the Secret Heart of BCCI
    by Jonathan Beatty and S.C. Gwynne

    Crazy story that I am surprised isn't better known in business circles.

  • A Short History of Financial Euphoria
    by John Kenneth Galbraith

    A quick read that is always nice to go back to as a reminder that history seems to repeat itself.

    Recommended by Steven

  •  Against the Rules with Michael Lewis (Season 2)

    After an interesting first season looking into referees, Michael Lewis dives into coaching and how it has risen in different parts of society. All seven episodes are out.

    Recommended by Steven

  • Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
    by Annie Duke

    Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion, discusses how to make better decisions when you don’t have all the facts.

    Recommended by Tracey

  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth
    By Andrew Carnegie and Gordon Hutner

    An enjoyable read with lots of wisdom buried in it.

    Recommended by Tye