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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
The Amazing Story of How America Lost Its Mind Over a Plush Toy--and the Eccentric Genius Behind It
Zac Bissonnette - Mar 15, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. With no advertising or big-box distribution, creator Ty Warner - an eccentric college dropout - become a billionaire in just three years. And it was all thanks to collectors. The end of the craze was just as swift and extremely devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthle...
Ben Carlson
Feb 23, 2021
At the height of the mania Beanie Babies made up as much as 10% of eBay's revenue This book by Zac Bissonnette is excellent on crowd psychology, persuasion and sales tactics      source
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Ian Cassel
The Geography of Madness
Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes
Frank Bures - Apr 26, 2016
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Jon Ronson meets David Grann in this fascinating, wildly entertaining adventure and travel story about how culture can make us go totally insaneThe Geography of Madness is an investigation of "culture-bound" syndromes, which are far stranger than they sound. Why is it, for example, that some men believe, against all reason, that vandals stole their...
Ben Carlson
Dec 17, 2020
@BullandBaird this is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time (so of course I had to tie it into the stock mkt):      source
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Ramit Sethi
Alright, Alright, Alright
The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused
Melissa Maerz - Nov 17, 2020
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“Melissa Maerz’s brilliant oral history is the definitive account of a cult-classic movie that took a slow ride into the Seventies and defined the Nineties.” –Rob Sheffield, Rolling StoneThe definitive oral history of the cult classic ...
Ben Carlson
Dec 02, 2020
If you're a fan of Dazed & Confused or just the movie business in general I can't recommend this book highly enough Such a fun read      source
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Mark HarrisAndy Greenwald
Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey - Oct 20, 2020
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From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes...
Ben Carlson
Oct 27, 2020
Biggest upset of the year is my low expectations vs the new Matthew McConaughey memoir Might be my favorite book of the year I can't believe how much I liked it Some awesome stories & lessons in here      source
I Must Say
My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
Martin Short - Jul 21, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz- obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood's favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the "comedian's comedian."Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times...
Ben Carlson
Aug 05, 2020
@oscarazocar50 Loved this book      source
The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Robert J. Gordon - Aug 29, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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How America's high standard of living came to be and why future growth is under threatIn the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that ...
Ben Carlson
Jul 20, 2020
Some of my favorite books on this history: The Rise & Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon The Fifties by David Halberstam The Big Change by Frederick Lewis Allen      source
The Fifties
David Halberstam - May 10, 1994 (first published in 1993)
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The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and ...
Ben Carlson
Jul 20, 2020
Some of my favorite books on this history: The Rise & Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon The Fifties by David Halberstam The Big Change by Frederick Lewis Allen      source
The Big Change
America Transforms Itself, 1900-50
Frederick Lewis Allen - Jan 30, 1993 (first published in 1952)
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Frederick Lewis Allen was one of the pioneers in social history. Best known as the author of Only Yesterday, Allen originated a model of what is sometimes called instant history, the reconstruction of past eras through vivid commentary on the news, fashions, customs, and artifacts that altered the pace and forms of American life. The Big Change was...
Ben Carlson
Jul 20, 2020
Some of my favorite books on this history: The Rise & Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon The Fifties by David Halberstam The Big Change by Frederick Lewis Allen      source
The Deficit Myth
Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy
Stephanie Kelton - Jun 09, 2020
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A New York Times Bestseller The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory -- the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades -- delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MM...
Ben Carlson
Jul 13, 2020
Seems like a combination of right place, right time but The Deficit Myth could end of being one of the more important economics books in a long time (and I still can't tell if that importance is going to be good or bad) Definitely worth a read      source
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Miguel de Icaza
Dark Towers
Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
David Enrich - Feb 18, 2020
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A searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trumps business empireOn a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a myst...
Ben Carlson
Feb 19, 2020
Book recs from this week's show: Dark Towers by @davidenrich The Great Influenza by John Barry Home Game by Michael Lewis      source
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Yashar Ali Charles Pierce
Home Game
An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
Michael Lewis - Jun 07, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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When Michael Lewis became a father, he decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is that record. But it is also something else: maybe the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded, from the point of view of the man inside. The...
Ben Carlson
Feb 19, 2020
Book recs from this week's show: Dark Towers by @davidenrich The Great Influenza by John Barry Home Game by Michael Lewis      source
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Sheryl Sandberg
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
The Birth of Plenty by William Bernstein
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
Stay the Course by John C. Bogle
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
The Power of Gold by Peter L. Bernstein