Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Kevin Mitnick was once the world's most famous hacker. But his deeds got him into trouble with the law, causing him to constantly change identities to stay on the run. In his book Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker he tells us how he did it.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Cornelius Vanderbilt was once the richest man in America. Yet none of his descendents just three generations below him could count themselves as millionaires! How did this happen? Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt tells the tale.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I can't help myself when it comes to train-wreck stocks. Francesca's has gotten smoked over pretty much any time period you can think of. It's down 78% from its IPO price many years ago, 79% from its price five years ago, 68% over the last year, and 41% over the last six months. It's safe to say that there are no momentum investors excited about this one.
Friday, January 12, 2018
I can't figure out why so many people quote Jesse Livermore. So it was with that in mind that I read Jesse Livermore - Boy Plunger: The Man Who Sold America Short in 1929.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
A book about barbed wire sounds pretty boring, but it's not really about wire, but about people. People have sought to control their environments, and the invention and spread of barbed wire resulted in unmatched control over animals and other humans. Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity is a history book about how people came to control environments they never could before.