The Book Club

To be happy and successful, reading is the best thing you can do. Figuring out what to read can take forever, so let me do the work. I read about 100 books each year, and will narrow those down to a small list for you. I’ll only suggest the best of what I read: books that can help you invest or think about life, business, and strategy. You’ll receive these suggestions at the beginning of each month. As a sample, here were my 15 favorite books from 2015. Here is every book I’ve recommended in the past.

Because investing is so multi-disciplinary, I’ll include many books that aren’t directly related to investing, but that can expand your knowledge in one of these key areas: investing, business, psychology, philosophy, technology, economics, science, and the human condition in general.

As a bonus to get you started, you’ll receive a link to a full investor curriculum (books, articles, papers, and videos) after signing up. 

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Book Reviews

Full Reading List

In April, 2014, I decided to start emailing my friends book recommendations every month. After two years, hundreds of books, and seven thousand new readers, I’ve finally pulled the full list together. This is the full archive of everything I’ve ever recommended. This list is meant to foster a community of book lovers. Share it!…

Philosophy Books

Here’s a list of my favorites, hope you find something interesting! ************** Freedom From the Known by J. Krishnamurti (http://amzn.to/1IYPQta) The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; (http://amzn.to/1OcjKpU) Michel de Montaigne – The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics) (http://amzn.to/1OcCtS0) The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality)  by Eknath Easwaran (http://amzn.to/1NXMXZS) The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer (http://amzn.to/1OcjRBF) Essays…

The 15 Best Books of 2015

This year I read 103 books and collected 855,000 words worth of highlights and notes. Here are the fifteen best books I read, with one sentence describing why, and one passage to gauge (and pique) your interest. Consistent with my growing believe that it is more productive to read around one’s field than in one’s…

Metaphors and Mental Models: The Key to Understanding

When I first read the sequence of passages that I quote below, I felt like I had discovered a diamond while exploring a shop of horrors. The passages come from a book by Julian Jaynes, whose controversial (and carefully thought out) theory is that just a few thousand years ago, human beings weren’t conscious like us,…

To Gain an Edge, Run Up Stairs

Where can you find an advantage? This is the question I ask myself more than any other. There are many ways, but this (from Paul Graham) is one of the best: Suppose you are a little, nimble guy being chased by a big, fat, bully. You open a door and find yourself in a staircase….

Improvisation

I began to think of children not as immature adults, but of adults as atrophied children. – Keith Johnstone The topic of this post is an obscure book called “Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre” which was recommended to me twice in a day by 1) a standup & comedy writer (my sister) and 2) a…

Under-the-Radar Investment Books

I cannot find a good new investing book. It’s driving me nuts. Maybe you are in the same boat? If so, here are several “under-the-radar” books from my Evernote archives. If you know of more, leave suggestions in the comments. If you want to receive suggestions like this every month, sign up for the book…

Bullet-Proof Book Recommendations

Every month for the past 16 months, I’ve emailed a group a list of 4-6 book suggestions. Last November, about 1,000 people were on the list, and today we are up to 4,000 and growing fast. I get a ton of feedback on the books I suggest along with dozens of recommendations for other books…

Stolen Prose

Its summer, I don’t write about topics like Grexit, and I am deep into several research projects, so in the meantime I thought I’d post something entirely different, that just might help you find your next book. The following is an arrangement of sentences and passages that I wish I’d written, pieced together into a…