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Arid Empire
The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia
Natalie Koch - 2023-01-17
Joe Weisenthal
This book looks really interesting      source
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Against the Gods
The Remarkable Story of Risk
Peter L. Bernstein - 1998-08-31 (first published in 1996)
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With the stock market breaking records almost daily, leaving longtime market analysts shaking their heads and revising their forecasts, a study of the concept of risk seems quite timely. Peter Bernstein has written a comprehensive history of man's efforts to understand risk and probability, beginning with early gamblers in ancient Greece, continuin...
Joe Weisenthal
@JohnEzekowitz No, but that’s a great book      source
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Tokyo Vice
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Jake Adelstein - 2010-10-05 (first published in 2009)
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A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist. Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corr...
Joe Weisenthal
100%. Fantastic, fun book. This is going to be really cool.      source
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The Blocksize War
The battle over who controls Bitcoin’s protocol rules
Jonathan Bier - 2021-03-14
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This book covers Bitcoin’s blocksize war, which was waged from August 2015 to November 2017. On the surface the battle was about the amount of data allowed in each Bitcoin block, however it exposed much deeper issues, such as who controls Bitcoin’s protocol rules. It is not possible to cover every twist and turn in the labyrinthine conflict or all ...
Joe Weisenthal
Also on vacation, I read The Blocksize War, by @jonathanbier, about Bitcoin's scaling schism (2015-2017). Brilliant book. I thought I knew the story pretty well, but there was a ton of new stuff that I learned. Will write a review for the blog this week      source
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Max Keiser
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Digital Cash
The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency
Finn Brunton - 2019-06-25
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The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators—from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrenciesBitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a long line of similar efforts going back to the 1970s....
Joe Weisenthal
@royal_t14 One of my favorite books!      source
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Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight - 2016-04-26
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
Joe Weisenthal
If you haven't read it, it's really the best book about the history of globalization, and about the inherent challenges of financing a high-growth startup. At one point, they were growing too fast to get a bank loan. The bank wanted their top line to be growing slower.      source
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How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
Adam Tooze - 2019-08-27 (first published in 2018)
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WINNER OF THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZEA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEARA NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK "An intelligent explanation of the mechanisms that produced the crisis and the response to it...One of the great strengths of Tooze's book is to demonstrate the deeply intertwined nature of the European an...
Joe Weisenthal
Just finished @adam_tooze's book. It's as good as all the hype. Somehow it managers to turn almost all of the events over the last 10 years into a cogent and engaging narrative.      source
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Duncan Weldon