What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)

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What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)

Post by Tall Grass » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:56 pm

This thread is the continuation of What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART III.

Thought we needed another starting point because of all the posts on the previous thread...

Just finished "Against All Enemies" by Richard A. Clarke
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Post by rokidtoo » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:30 pm

Just finished The Great Risk Shift by Jacob S. Hacker.------Jim

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Post by bob90245 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:39 pm

Live it up without outliving your money, Second edition by Paul Merriman
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what are you reading?

Post by clearymon » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:48 pm

Just finished Shop Class as Soulcraft by Crawford.

An inquiry into the value of work.

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Post by catdude » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:52 pm

Recently finished The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year, by Curt Sampson.

I'm about halfway thru Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, by Mitchell Zuckoff. A fascinating read.
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Post by donocash » Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:03 pm

Just finished "The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-1949" by Jim Baggott.

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Post by nisiprius » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:06 pm

In the middle of The Broker by John Grisham. Readable enough to keep me turning pages but not very good. It just screams "I'm going to take a long vacation in Italy and pay for it by getting a book out of it."
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Post by gatorking » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:16 pm

Just got this book after reading an excerpt on the nytimes website.
Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — And How to Know When Not to Trust Them” by David H. Freedman

Excerpt: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/books ... wanted=all

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Post by OnFire » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:20 pm

"Make Your Kid A Millionaire" by Kevin McKinley. Actually pretty good tips and techniques. A lttle dated because it wad written in 2002, and he COSTANTLY assumes a 10% return, but overall pretty good 2/3 of the way through.
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Post by OnFire » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:22 pm

"Make Your Kid A Millionaire" by Kevin McKinley. Actually pretty good tips and techniques. A lttle dated because it was written in 2002, and he COSTANTLY assumes a 10% return, but overall pretty good 2/3 of the way through.
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Post by Lee Saage » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:33 pm

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. It's a well-written treatise that explores the anthropological history of trade; how specialization allowed by trade caused improvements in the standard of living experienced by Homosapians. The study is data focused and the book provides an interesting and rare optimism about our future.

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Post by V572625694 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:40 pm

Chronicles, Volume I, by Bob Dylan. Anyone who likes the music of the early Sixties, or likes Bob Dylan, or both, will enjoy it very much.

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Post by mickeyd » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:54 pm

The Big Short by Michael Lewis.

I recommend it to this group.
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Post by Christine_NM » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:14 pm

Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell)

Wonderful creepy psychological novel.

Amazon reviews were not as good as usual for Rendell, but disregard that. I've read everything by her, and if you like her other work you will like this too. It's a nighttime book -- I can't pick it up during the day.
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Post by metabasalt » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:16 pm

Finished 'The Sellout' by Charles Gasparino and just about done with 'Thirteen Banks' by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. Both leave me less than hopeful about the future of the US economy.

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Post by meridian » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:42 am

Just finished:
'The sun also rises' by Hemingway

'You can be a stock market genius' by Joel Greenblatt
(Pretentious title aside, it was an interesting read)

Currently (re)reading:
'The old man and the sea' by Hemingway

'The art of profitability' by Adrian Slywotzky

Will start:
'A farewell to arms' by Hemingway as soon as I'm done with The old man and the sea, which will be like tomorrow.

I'm on a Hemingway bender :wink: after having finished 'For whom the bell tolls'
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Post by chaz » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:44 pm

"Persuader" by Lee Child.
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Post by catdude » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:08 pm

I'm finishing up Harry Markopolos' demolition of the SEC, No One Would Listen. For those of you who've read it, what did you think of it? It's scary to read about the relentless incompetence and ineptitude of the SEC. Your government at work...
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Post by mickeyd » Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:29 pm

johnny wrote:I'm finishing up Harry Markopolos' demolition of the SEC, No One Would Listen. For those of you who've read it, what did you think of it? It's scary to read about the relentless incompetence and ineptitude of the SEC. Your government at work...


I read it a few months ago. As I was very aware of his efforts in tracking down Madoff for many years (saw all of his Congressional testimony) I was interested in getting into the weeds on the complete saga and why Harry did not give up in the face of the SEC incompetency and how he knows what he knows.
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Post by jebmke » Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:40 pm

chaz wrote:"Persuader" by Lee Child.


Just finished "Gone Tomorrow". Great mental chewing gum. Jack Reacher is an animal.

Also just finished "Long Lost" by Harlan Coben. Better written and crisper than Lee Child. But also basically mental chewing gum.
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Post by chaz » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:26 pm

"Running Blind" by Lee Child. Jack Reacher is different.
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Post by nvboglehead » Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:51 pm

I have been reading Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty by Ivan Eland.

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Post by EO 11110 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:57 am

"the unseen hand" by ralph epperson. it is outstanding. one of my favorites of all time (i read 15-20 books/yr).

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Post by tj218 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:50 am

War by Sebasitan Junger

Junger embedded himself with the U.S. army and produced a well written account of the war in Afghanistan in a small part of the country.

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Post by Adrian Nenu » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:45 am

"No Nonsense Finance II" by E.F.Moody

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Post by rwm » Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:39 pm

"The Conscience of a Liberal" by Paul Krugman. IMO, Jack Bogle would would like this one, as his own "The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism" laments many of the same troubling aspects of our current "gilded age".

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Post by Beezthree » Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:57 pm

leesaage wrote:The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. It's a well-written treatise that explores the anthropological history of trade; how specialization allowed by trade caused improvements in the standard of living experienced by Homosapians. The study is data focused and the book provides an interesting and rare optimism about our future.


+1. just started this book as well. i really like it so far.

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Post by chaz » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:08 pm

"School Days" by Robert Parker.
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Post by catdude » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:08 pm

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, by James McPherson.
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Post by geoborn » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:38 pm

The Birth of Plenty by William J. Bernstein

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Post by doknek » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:39 am

I'm going through 3 books at a time (right now):

Fantasy/Fiction
LOTR: Two Towers (2nd book)

Audiobook - non-fiction
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Book about killings done by members of FLDS / mormons. Thought provoking book as it makes me question faiths followed by mormons, christians, hindus, and all.

Techincal book

Head first design patterns

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Post by JV » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:48 am

I went back to my fantasy roots and discovered George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. It was hands-down the best fantasy novel I've ever read besides Terry Brooks's Shannara series. I just started book two, called A Clash of Swords. Great stuff.

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Post by Sriracha » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:04 pm

"The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America" (L Cunningham, ed).

Yeah, I know most of this stuff is online, but it was a well-intentioned gift, and it does a good job of organizing thoughts/topics.

From page 91:

"I should emphasize that, as citizens, Charlie and I welcome change: Fresh ideas, new products, innovative porcesses and the like cause our country's standard of living to rise, and that's clearly good. As investors, however, our reaction to a fermenting industry is much like our attitude toward space exploration: We applaud the endeavor but prefer to skip the ride."

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Post by chaz » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:59 pm

"Dead Watch" by John Sandford.
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Post by Tyrobi » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:57 pm

Currently reading “The Future for Investors” by Jeremy J. Siegel
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Post by stratton » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:21 pm

"Trade like Warren Buffet" by James Altucher. Really interesting starts with Warren Buffet's hedge fund from 1959 and goes forward comparing the different types of trading he engaged in with the actual companies with interviews from mutual fund managers that use the same strategy.

Altucher also wrote a similar book "Trade like a Hedge Fund" that isn't all that good to the point I looked at it for 20 mintues and skipped. Building what appears to be the same book around Warren Buffet really focuses the book and makes it more interesting.

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Post by chaz » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:22 pm

"Wicked Prey" by John Sandford.
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Post by Fletch » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:07 pm

Master Sniper by Stephen Hunter
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

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Post by Fbone » Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:35 am

The Frightened Man by Kenneth Cameron

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Post by gkaplan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:06 am

A Certain Justice by P.D. James.
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Post by chaz » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:03 am

"Invisible Prey" by John Sandford.
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Post by Valuethinker » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:22 am

"Playback" by Raymond Chandler. The last Philip Marlowe novel and not a particularly good one (reflecting it was written later, more sexually explicit although tame by modern standards).

"The Long Fall" by Walter Moseley. A new series for him (ie not his 1940s LA detective Easy Rawlins) set in contemporary New York, a beat up middle aged black private eye. Too many plot and character elements, felt a bit crammed. I am not sure if I will revisit Moseley.

"Blackout" by David Nye. A history of electricity blackouts in America. Short and succinct, some good stuff (he takes a sociological viewpoint), but not completely satisfying.

"Cry Havoc" by Joe Maiolo. A history of the pre WWII arms races in the 1930s between the major powers such as US, Japan, Germany, UK. Not entirely satisfying as economic history but very interestring re the strategy etc.

"Animal Spirits: how human psychology drives the economy and why it matters for the global economy" by Robert Shiller and George Akerlof. Full of interesting tidbits but feels stitched together.

"The Most Dangerous Enemy" by Steven Bungay. It's the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and so I thought I would read a (good) history of it.
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Post by Valuethinker » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:23 am

nisiprius wrote:In the middle of The Broker by John Grisham. Readable enough to keep me turning pages but not very good. It just screams "I'm going to take a long vacation in Italy and pay for it by getting a book out of it."


Economic theory would tell you you are irrational to finish it. A sunk cost.

I usually skip ahead, read the last 10 pages or so, and ditch it.

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Re: Me

Post by Valuethinker » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:29 am

doknek wrote:I'm going through 3 books at a time (right now):

Fantasy/Fiction
LOTR: Two Towers (2nd book)

Audiobook - non-fiction
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Book about killings done by members of FLDS / mormons. Thought provoking book as it makes me question faiths followed by mormons, christians, hindus, and all.

Techincal book

Head first design patterns


Try the Crusades for size.

Any good history.

I think on the First Crusade, the first thing the Christian Knights did when they captured Jerusalem from the Saracen moslems was to put the Jewish inhabitants to the sword.

The 30 Years War in 1600s Germany has a similar flavour. Or just about any of the Irish rebellions (Protestant v. Catholic).

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Post by Valuethinker » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:34 am

JV wrote:I went back to my fantasy roots and discovered George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. It was hands-down the best fantasy novel I've ever read besides Terry Brooks's Shannara series. I just started book two, called A Clash of Swords. Great stuff.


Besides Lord of the Rings, the best fantasy novels I have read are two:

- The Face in the Frost, by John Bellairs

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/joh ... -frost.htm

- Tea with a Black Dragon, by RA Macavoy
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/r-a-macavoy/

Both are fairly subtle, though.

For slam bang military fantasy, almost anything by Glen Cook but especially:

- The Black Company and its 8-9 sequels

Stephen Erickson acknowledges his debt to Glen Cook.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/glen-cook/

If you like George R Martin you are almost sure to like Roger Zelazny

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/z/roger-zelazny/

9 Princes in Amber and sequels.

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Post by Boris » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:37 am

A Twist of the Wrist 2 by Keith Code 8)
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Post by gkaplan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:32 pm

Valuethinker wrote:I usually skip ahead, read the last 10 pages or so, and ditch it.


This sounds like the Billy Crystal character in When Harry Met Sally.
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Post by Igglesman » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:42 pm

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

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Post by runthetrails » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:01 pm

Picked up a copy of The Four Pillars of Investing with the intention of passing it on to my 20-yr-old nephew. He's recently expressed an interest in investing (beyond his weekly poker game), and I believe he has tried his hand at some stock picking already. I'm hoping to indoctrinate him early. :-)

Anyway, it was also on my To Be Read list, what with so many positive recommendations here, so I'm reading it first.

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