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Bubble in the Sun
The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression
Christopher Knowlton - 2021-01-12 (first published in 2020)
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Christopher Knowlton, author of Cattle Kingdom and former Fortune writer, takes an in-depth look at the spectacular Florida land boom of the 1920s and shows how it led directly to the Great Depression.The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous collapse. The decade there produced the largest human migration...
Ben Carlson
@LDrogen This book is really good:      source
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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 - 2016-03-15 (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
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
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The Geography of Madness
Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes
Frank Bures - 2016-04-26
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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
@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
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Alright, Alright, Alright
The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused
Melissa Maerz - 2020-11-17
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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  Dazed and Confused , featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and Oscar-nominated director Richard...
Ben Carlson
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
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Matthew McConaughey - 2020-10-20
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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
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
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I Must Say
My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
Martin Short - 2015-07-21 (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
@oscarazocar50 Loved this book      source
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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 - 2017-08-29 (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
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
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The Fifties
David Halberstam - 1994-05-10 (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
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
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The Big Change
America Transforms Itself, 1900-50
Frederick Lewis Allen - 1993-01-30 (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
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
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Deficit Myth
Stephanie Kelton - 2021-03-09 (first published in 2020)
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A New York Times BestsellerThe 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 (MMT...
Ben Carlson
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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Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07
Dark Towers by David Enrich
The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
Stay the Course by John C. Bogle
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
The Birth of Plenty by William Bernstein
Home Game by Michael Lewis
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
The Power of Gold by Peter L. Bernstein
The Godfather by Mario Puzo