Friday, June 17, 2016

Now reading...

 laced with profanity, but makes for good reading. not your typical self-help book.
 this book unexpectedly made my top 10 of all time... so far. unforgettable, if only because the (simple) story is so moving. to me, it is not just about a little boy or about a monster. it is about all of us, and how we deal with loss. thought-provoking.
this four volume tome from carol alexander gives you pretty much all the information you will likely need on market risk, in one place. excellent work, all topics covered in as much depth as you need it for a first go-around.
 a poignant book about what it means to be alive, to die, and to make the most of your days in-between. great writing.

 john kay writes very well about what makes the financial system tick and issues that plague it. well-balanced narrative that even people that work in the industry can appreciate.
the writing is poor, but the plot is well done and the story reads well overall. written by a brit, there is lots of english slang... something that american audiences might not appreciate.

I used to think love stories were sappy... until I read this book. segal tugs at your heart-strings. moving story.

 chakravarti rajagopalachari has no shortage of detractors. but I think his books are magnificent especially the mahabharata, the ramayana, and the bhagavad gita. stories lovingly told following the canon, and without flowery embellishments.

 I like eknath easwaran's version of the bhagavad gita. lucid, clear, and an absolute joy to read.

 a very clear book on VaR. perhaps one of the best. I like alexander's writing too.

reading this book is hard work, and you need to take your time with this one to make sure you really understand all the lessons here... but it is a classic, and it will leave you with a nice, deep understanding of how investments work.

lee child's thrillers are among the best, but be warned, the tension is sometimes almost unbearable. the endings are usually satisfying.

 preston and child's pendergast series is fantastic. riptide is a stand-alone novel, but shows you what they can do with any story. great reads!

 this is jeffery deaver's best book. the lincoln rhyme series is good too. the rest just seem a bit warped (to me anyway)

you read these a little for fun, a little for the writing, the atmosphere, and the way the story is told. purple cane road is one of his best.
barry eisler does thrillers very well. his john rain character is one of the best I've read in this genre recently. the entire series is exciting - the above are three I've read most recently

 adrian mckinty keeps the narrative rolling. interesting stories well told. this is fun reading but almost on its way to serious literature.

 sam kean does it again. in The Disappearing Spoon, he covered the periodic table. here he describes the co-evolution of two sciences - genetics and evolution.

 interested in the most important equations that influence our experience as human being in this world? this book does a great job explaining them.

fantastic exploration of some of the harder problems in mathematics explained in very easy to understand terms

a self help book with a difference - some interesting perspectives and exercises. a relatively quick read.
a fascinating book about how the periodic table came to be. chemistry made extremely interesting. hard to put down.
statistics in practice. compelling reading if you want to build realistic models.
 considered by many to be the happiest man alive, mathieu ricard tries to teach you how to be happy.
solid, basic (I mean this in the most complimentary way) book on modeling. highly recommended as a first book on models - uses just Excel.
if you're serious about learning statistics, this book will get you there. it doesn't (can't) get much more lucid than this.
think success, acknowledge the possibility of failure, but persevere and succeed anyway.  zander's beautiful book on life, success, and the art (yes, it is an art) of possibility.
einhorn's cautionary story of a short position he took, and the company's attempts to obfuscate accounting, malign him personally, and generally discredit him. true story that makes an impression.
 interesting background and analysis of the habits of successful money managers.
think everyone lost money during the sub-prime crisis? think again. this is a story of the winners.
maclean and nocera give you a front-row seat to the sub-prime crisis... telling it as it happened. a cautionary tale, worth reading.
trevor hastie and rob tibshirani are excellent teachers of statistical learning - their mooc is second to none, and their explanations always clear and lucid. love these books!
lev dynkin et al's authoritative take on the quantitative management of bond portfolios. highly recommended.
interesting and intense. robert crais does it again. 
if you liked the movie "Fail Safe" (many consider it a classic), you'll love this gripping tale, well told.
one of my favorite books - ever need a quick boost of positive energy? read this book - works like a shot of vitamin B keeping those mental negativity demons at bay.
 mouboussin explains with some basic but insightful mental models, how one can think about luck, skill, and how to distinguish between the two in various situations.
pete blaber does an excellent job telling of his exploits on the battlefield describing how good and bad decisions are made and can be improved - both in war and in the boardroom
this trilogy by new author krishna udayshankar is an extremely well-written, non-canon following retelling of the Indian classic, the Mahabharata.
 greenblatt's book covers special investment situations including for example risk arbitrage, capital structure changes, spin-offs, etc.
 thornton o'glove makes accounting sing. this is the most riveting book on accounting I've ever read.

interesting tale, swashbuckling adventure, well told. excellent effort for a first novel.
good presentation of models for equity portfolio management using quantitative techniques - ebook doesn't have appendices and derivations that are in the paper version, so buyer beware.
exciting fictional spy story well told by a former CIA spook.
 discussion of Warren Buffett shareholder letters outlining his views on various topics - makes for interesting reading though not necessarily directly applicable in all cases by individual investors.
 find financial modeling of investment ideas and related mathematics fascinating? this book presents simple models in simple language without too much math, and leveraging Microsoft Excel as a basic computational tool. highly recommended.
 fascinating novel of an underdog that goes on to win. beautiful blend of fanciful alchemy with fantasy
 a very focused view of liquidity pools and more specifically dark pools that serve as venues for trading of most equities in the US (if not the world) today. concentrated coverage of details. 

two books that had a large impact on me as a youngster, but whose memory has faded since - as one grows up one sees the real world less in idealistic terms and takes a more pragmatic view... but these books are fantastic nonetheless
two of my favorite books in the english language. hesse tells these moving tales in very lucid, simple prose which makes it a pleasure to read.