Friday, March 29, 2019

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

There are few books I enjoy that don't support an overall theme, but this is one of them. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a collection of pretty much unrelated essays by a pretty smart guy. You might recognize him as the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which is a terrific book.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hero To Zero: Interserve

It was with a great deal of confidence that I bought Interserve just over a year ago. My portfolio was running hot; I hadn't had any losers in a while. While I knew that this was probably just due to luck, I couldn't help but think (expect?) that I wouldn't have any losers for some time. That attitude no longer prevails. Taking a company from seemingly healthy to bankruptcy in just 13 months will do that.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Though I was a huge fan of Influence, I kept pushing Cialdini's latest book Pre-Suasion further into my reading backlog. I figured the first book pretty much covered the most important stuff so well that this new one was bound to be a disappointment.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Radical Markets

In recent decades in the West, GDP growth has slowed down, while inequality has risen. Radical Markets points out the inefficiencies with the status-quo version of capitalism we are familiar with, and recommends a wholesale change that is even more market-based than the one we have.