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Summer list of books, albums and films

Each summer, the bookworms on our Investment team offer suggestions about business-related books or podcasts.


Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Bill Gates’ new favourite book tries to answer the question of “Why should I live?” with the ways the world is a lot better place than it seems sometimes.





Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan


Scientists recently discovered a new law of nature and its footprints are virtually everywhere – in the spread of forest fires, mass extinctions, traffic jams, earthquakes, stock market fluctuations, the rise and fall of nations and even trends in fashion, music and art. Wherever we look, the world is modelled on a simple template; like a steep pile of sand, it’s poised on the brink of instability. From avalanches to events, ideas or whatever, the world seems to follow a universal pattern of change.




The Only Rule Is It Has To Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller


Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, two of baseball’s leading analytics writers, put their beliefs on the line by taking over an actual minor league baseball team and trying to implement their unorthodox theories.





Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock


Why are expert predictions only slightly better than chance? Drawing from the results of a decade-long forecasting tournament involving thousands of ordinary people, this book attempts to understand what makes a higher probability forecast and a stronger overall forecaster.

Graphic Masters in Business - Conversation with Annie Duke

For decades, Annie Duke has been one of the top-ranked poker players in the world. This podcast is a good introduction to someone who wants to understand decision making.



The Money Game by “Adam Smith” (a pseudonym for George Goodman)


A collection of stories that illuminate the ridiculousness of Wall Street, markets and investor psychology – this is a book written before its time. In 1968, “Adam Smith” had momentum stocks and algorithms all figured out:

“We live in an age of charts and computers, and the thing about charts and computer studies is that they show what is moving, and if everybody plays this game, then what moves is what is already moving.”





Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem by Jon R. Luoma


Easy to read and short. Luoma does an exceptional job describing the different ecosystems within the Andrews Experimental Forest. Any reader looking to find parallels with the business world won’t be disappointed.




Graphic WorkLife with Adam Grant

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant looks at different workplaces to find lessons that can improve their own job experiences.

Graphic Invest Like the Best with Pat O’Shaugnessy

Asset management CEO discusses life stories with a variety of people to help



The Great Depression: A Diary by Benjamin Rother


An insightful firsthand account of the Great Depression. The author was a young lawyer in Youngstown, Ohio and decided to write a diary about the daily economic occurrences happening both locally and the rest of the U.S. The intent for his diary was to educate himself about the significant economic volatility he witnessed and read about. Unlike all other accounts I’ve read on the Great Depression, the writer had no knowledge of when the Depression would end. Just a long list of daily facts, day after day, with no sense for when things would get better, mixed with many false hopes for a recovery. It’s a great book for young investors to read, especially before their first investment. It will likely add prudence to the stocks or bonds they select, and they’ll stay away from leveraging those investments.




The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen


This was first published over 20 years ago. Given the rate of disruptive innovation, it’s even more important today to understand the concepts outlined in this book.





The long hot days of this summer also inspired us to compile a list of our most influential and personal favourites (book, album, movie). While this list began as an internal initiative, we thought we would share it with you, hoping you’ll find some inspiration or entertainment, or even get your brain cells fired up.

Partner  Album Book Film
Alan Lynam The Smiths – The Smiths  100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Vertigo
Alexandria DiBellonia History (Past, Present & Future, Book I) – Michael Jackson  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  Erin Brockovich 
Amy Hamilton Taking the Long Way – The Dixie Chicks Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess The Wizard of Oz
Andrew Pastor The Big Revival – Kenny Chesney The Snowball: Warren Buffett and
the Business of Life
by Alice Schroeder
The Social Network
Anna Nepravishta High Violet – The National Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque Cinema Paradiso
Ben Cotter Eagles – The Eagles Let my people go surfing by Yvon Chouinard Good Will Hunting
Brian Fung First Love – Yiruma The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Interstellar 
Bryan Long OK Computer – Radiohead Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell  Rookie of the Year
Cesare Rizzuto Ten – Pearl Jam Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi Pulp Fiction
Christen Cheung Jagged little thrill – Jagged Edge Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Crash (2004)
Craig Advice Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Step Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer Star Wars
Daniela Orla Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Edward Scissorhands 
Derek Skomorowski The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Soundtrack – Howard Shore Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings
Diane Rossi 50 Greatest Hits – Elvis Presley The Secret by Rhonda Byrne The Ten Commandments
Elizabeth O'Sullivan Joshua Tree – U2 Animal Farm by George Orwell Michael Collins
Etienne Leblanc Dookie – Green Day An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield  American Gangster
Frank Mullen (What's the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis  More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom
in Unconventional Places
By Michael Mauboussin
The Usual Suspects
Geoff Goss Fully completely – The Tragically Hip The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle Schindler’s List
Geoff MacDonald Bon Iver – Bon Iver Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand The Great Escape
George Droulias Illmatic – Nas
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius Even if You're Not Too Smart: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt Casino
Grant Schneider Life after Death – Notorious B.I.G The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Catch Me If You Can
Greg Lagasse Abbey Road – Beatles  Liars Poker by Michael Lewis Star Wars
Greg Sinclair Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey
Harry Burke What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman Bull Durham
Heather Fraser  Music has the right to children – Boards of Canada In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch Amélie
Heather Siegner Continuum – John Mayer Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein Pay it forward
Jacob Martingnago Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis The Shawshank Redemption
James Krapez (What's the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis  The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton Hunt for Red October
Jason Liu Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Lord of the Rings
Jelena Vlatkovic Back to black – Amy Winehouse  The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession by Paolo Coelho The Intouchables 
Joel DeSilva Joshua Tree – U2 The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir Rocky
Juan Gomez In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay:
A Novel
by Michael Chabon
Lost in Translation (with bonus Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Kris Reuschel Harvest – Neil Young Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Scent of a Woman
Malcom King Brain salad surgery – Emerson Lake and Palmer Capital: The Story of Long-Term Investment Excellence
by Charles D. Ellis
Saving Private Ryan
Marc-André Lessard The Wall – Pink Floyd  The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
by Alice Schroeder
Marie-Hélène Rouleau Future Sex Love Sound – Justin Timberlake Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio Les Intouchables 
Matilde Vizinho Surfacing – Sarah Mclachlan City of God: A Novel by Paulo Lins Lord of the Rings
Michelle De Marco Escape – Journey  Love you forever by Robert Munsch The Blind Side
Montana Mortimer Harmony – Serena Ryder Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race
the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall
Remember the Titans
Nancy Solakis Joshua Tree – U2 How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Roth & Donald O. Clifton The Shawshank Redemption
Nataliya Goreva Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) – Antonio Vivaldi The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham Solaris
Nicholas Telemaque Boxer – The National The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing +
Do Anything = Have Everything
by Neil Pasricha
The Goonies 
Norman Tang Life after Death – Notorious B.I.G Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain
Top Gun
Olivia Kao Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett  Sliding Doors
Patrick Farmer Some Girls – The Rolling Stones The Handbook of Fixed Income Securities By Frank Fabozzi A Christmas Carol
Pho Lai Impressions – Mariya Takeuchi The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Doyle Cinema Paradiso
Pierre Novak BTO greatest hits – BTO Any car or bike magazine James Bond, Live and Let Die
Richard Djakovic The Velvet Underground and Nico – Velvet Underground The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories
by Charles Bukowski 
Withnail and I
Robert Mavrak Mer de Noms – A Perfect Circle The Republic by Plato BBC Planet Earth
Sandro Panella OK Computer – Radiohead The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald North by Northwest 
Sarah Ford Make it Big – WHAM  Four Seasons: the story of a business philosophy
by Isadore Sharp
The Natural
Sarah Lynde Lemonade – Beyonce Into the Wild by John Krakauer Casablanca 
Sayuri Childs So – Peter Gabriel The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank It’s a Wonderful Life
Steven Cooney Funeral – Arcade Fire The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger Good Will Hunting
Sydney Van Vierzen Ten – Pearl Jam How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sylvie Robert Summer is gone – Bobby Bazini The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen  Hidden Figures
Ted Chisholm London Calling – The Clash The Value Investors Club Good Will Hunting
Teresa Di Ruscio 101 – Depeche Mode Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume St Elmo’s Fire
Tim Ng (What's the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis  Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man
and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
Pulp Fiction
Tracey Chen November’s Chopin – Jay Chou  The Romance of Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong Forrest Gump
Tye Bousada Joshua Tree – U2 Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom
of Charles T. Munger
by Charles T. Munger
The Usual Suspects
Zachary Spicer Friday Night Lights – J Cole Beating the Street by Peter Lynch The GodFather I
Zack Chetrat Michigan Left – the Arkells The Wheel of Time (Books 1 - 3) by Robert Jordan  The Last of the Mohicans

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