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American Tabloid
James Ellroy - 2001-04-24 (first published in 1995)
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We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination—in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C....Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy...Where the right drugs, the r...
Michael Batnick
@Jonathan_Novy Such a good book. I can’t believe they successfully turned his novel into a movie. Could have gone horribly wrong in lesser hands.      source
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City of Thieves
A Novel
David Benioff - 2009-03-31 (first published in 2008)
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During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s we...
Michael Batnick
@_JeremyGoldberg @morganhousel @BullandBaird @jposhaughnessy Only audio book I ever did was City of Thieves, it was excellent.      source
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Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
Michael Batnick
@gregsalterjhb yes, terrific book.      source
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The Soul of America
The Battle for Our Better Angels
Jon Meacham - 2019-04-30 (first published in 2018)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. ONE OF OPRAH'S "BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH" - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR - The Christian Science Moni...
Michael Batnick
“To hear such voices is to be reminded of what we have lost, but also what can one day be recaptured.” This book does a wonderful job telling the American story. We are a giant ball of contradictions: Hope and fear, racism and progress, division and unity.      source
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Don't Fall For It
A Short History of Financial Scams
Ben Carlson - 2020-01-02
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Learn financial and business lessons from some of the biggest frauds in historyWhy does financial fraud persist? History is full of sensational financial frauds and scams. Enron was forced to declare bankruptcy after allegations of massive accounting fraud, wiping out $78 billion in stock market value. Bernie Madoff, the largest individual fraudste...
Michael Batnick
Nic Cage, Al Capone, and Bill Clinton. And that's just the Cs! If you're a fan of Ben's work, you have to buy this book. He worked hard on it and it came out great.      source
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The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein - 2004-03-01 (first published in 1964)
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"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew olde...
Michael Batnick
@albertwenger The Giving Tree      source
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
A Novel
Mark Sullivan - 2017-05-01
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Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are number...
Michael Batnick
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Only $2.99 on Kindle, $6.99 paperback. H/t @charliebilello      source
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Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman - 2005-12-27 (first published in 1985)
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Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to with...
Michael Batnick
Here is Neil Postman on the Telegraph, which was the Twitter of its day. From Amusing Ourselves to Death Huge h/t to @patrick_oshag. This is one of the best books on communication that I’ve ever read.      source
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Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder - 2015-10-20 (first published in 2014)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
Michael Batnick
Red Notice was one of the most entertaining finance books I've ever read. It reads like a movie. Thank you @Perth_Tolle for sending it to me :)      source
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One Hundred One Years on Wall Street
An Investor's Almanac
John Dennis Brown - 1991-05-01
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Provides a complete stock market chronology of the past 100 years, tracing the Dow Jones' advance, 28 to 2800, and including commentary on historic market forces. It also offers investors summaries, comparisons and yearly retrospects of long trends, and a seasonal almanac of monthly trends....
Michael Batnick
“A history of the stock market teaches many lessons. Learning them is the problem.” John Dennis Brown in 101 Years On Wall Street. One of my favorite market books.      source
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Money Game by Adam Smith