Michael J. Mauboussin is Head of Consilient Research at Counterpoint Global. Previously, he was Director of Research at BlueMountain Capital and Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse, where he advised clients on valuation and portfolio positioning, capital markets theory, competitive strategy analysis, and decision making.
34 books on the list
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Discover the new oil of the modern world - microchip technology. In "Chip War," economic historian Chris Miller explores the battle for control over this critical resource between the United States and China. With virtually everything running on chips, from missiles to microwaves, the stakes are high for military, economic, and geopolitical power. China's chip-building ambitions and military modernization threaten America's global dominance and economic prosperity. Miller explains how the semiconductor became so vital to modern life and how America became #1 in chip design and manufacturing. But with key components slipping out of America's grasp, the world faces not only a chip shortage but a new Cold War. Discover the fascinating story of the battle for chips and how it impacts our current state of technology, politics, and economics.
Just finished Chip War by @crmiller1. A wonderful book that is both informative and topical. I learned a lot reading it and recommend it to anyone interested in technology and/or national security. – source
Learn the art of quitting for greater success with tools and strategies from the bestselling author of Thinking in Bets. Drawing on real-life stories from successful athletes, CEOs, and entertainers, Quit teaches you how to make tough decisions and when to fold em, saving you time, energy, and money. Discover the forces that work against good quitting behavior and learn how to think in expected value to make better decisions. Whether you're facing a business or a personal decision, mastering the skill of quitting will help you make your best next move.
Quit, by @AnnieDuke, is a great book that I recommend highly. I learned a lot reading it, and picked up useful tidbits even in areas of discussion that were familiar to me. A better understanding of quitting is valuable in nearly all domains. – source
"Perfectly Confident" offers insights into the importance of being confident, while warning of the potential risks of overconfidence. Don Moore, a veteran psychology expert, explains how confidence can help us overcome adversity, but also how an unrealistic sense of self can lead to trouble. Drawing on recent psychological and economic research, the book provides a practical guide for achieving a balanced and well-calibrated level of confidence in all areas of life.
7/ Decision makers should strive to improve their calibration, the alignment between their subjective probabilities and the objective outcome. @donandrewmoore has a great book on this. You get better with practice and feedback. – source
"Competition Demystified" by Bruce C. Greenwald presents a groundbreaking new theory for understanding competition in any market. Instead of Michael Porter's complex five-force model, Greenwald simplifies the analysis to focus on one essential factor: barriers to entry. Using game theory and examples from various industries, Greenwald shows how companies can erect strong barriers to entry and achieve stability through bargaining and cooperation. This indispensable guide is perfect for executives and planners seeking to exploit competitive advantage and achieve exceptional profits.
7/ Also in the 1990s, Bruce Greenwald @CenterDodd starting teaching The Economics of Strategic Behavior @Columbia_Biz. Much of this course is captured in the book, Competition Demystified. The book has a lot of useful techniques. – source
Also recommended byPatrick OShaughnessy
Understanding Michael Porter is a must-read book for any business manager looking to achieve and sustain competitive success. This concise and accessible summary of Porter’s revolutionary thinking dispels common misconceptions about his concepts, such as the belief that competition is about being unique rather than being the best. Written with Porter’s full cooperation by Joan Magretta, his former editor at Harvard Business Review, this book provides fresh, clear examples to update Porter’s ideas and includes an original Q&A with Porter himself to answer managers’ frequently asked questions. With its eminently readable style, it will enable every manager to grasp Porter’s ideas and deploy them swiftly to drive their company’s success.
4/ I read the original Porter books, Competitive Strategy (1980) and Competitive Advantage (1985) and found them rich but not easy. I now recommend reading Joan Magretta's book, Understanding Michael Porter. Clear, concise, and well written: – source
Also recommended byLeo Polovets
Discover the groundbreaking story of the Cornell men's lacrosse team's rise to dominance in We Showed Baltimore. Christian Swezey details how a brash coach and a team of unique players unseated lacrosse's establishment from 1976 to 1978, winning two national championships and posting an overall record of 42-1. Swezey delves into the strategy and psychology of coach Richie Moran and the players who helped revolutionize the game of lacrosse, revealing how Cornell's success fueled radical changes in the once-minor sport. With interviews from former coaches and players, We Showed Baltimore provides a vivid picture of lacrosse in the 1970s and its impact on the game we know today.
Great book, Christian! As a kid who grew up around those mid-1970s teams, I couldn’t put it down! 🥍 – source
This highly anticipated scientific biography delves into the life and work of the controversial biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson. From his ground-breaking research on social insects to his views on the importance of biodiversity, Wilson's work has made a lasting impact on the scientific community. Written by acclaimed author Richard Rhodes, this authorized biography draws on extensive research and unprecedented access to Wilson's papers and associates. A must-read for anyone interested in the life of one of the most eminent American scientists of our time.
Sad to hear of EO Wilson’s death. But he lived a remarkably productive life and challenged and inspired many. I named “The Consilient Observer” after his book, Consilience. I recently read Richard Rhodes’s biography of him, Scientist, which I recommend. – source
Also recommended byVern Gambetta
Learn how to identify earnings-related reporting indiscretions with Creative Cash Flow Reporting and Analysis. This book tackles the issue of misleading financial reporting and demonstrates how to adjust the cash flow statement for more effective analysis. Discover how to use adjusted operating cash flow to uncover earnings that have been misreported using aggressive or fraudulent accounting practices. Written by Charles W. Mulford, PhD, CPA and Eugene E. Comiskey, PhD, CPA, CMA, coauthors of the bestselling book The Financial Numbers Game: Identifying Creative Accounting Practices.
@Vamos_eMini Yes, that is an excellent book. – source
Learn from the greatest minds in finance as they discuss the ideal portfolio of investment assets. In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio profiles and interviews ten of the most prominent figures in finance, including Nobel Laureates and pioneers of investment management. They offer invaluable insights on topics such as diversification, passive versus active investment, and irrational investing. This compendium of financial wisdom is a must-read for both novice and professional investors alike.
Delighted to receive my copy of In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio by @AndrewWLo and @ProfSFoerster. It's the kind of book I love--it shares the background and importance of many key the ideas in the investment management field. – source
"Red-Blooded Risk" is an innovative guide that offers specific strategies for calculated risk-takers in finance and other fields. Written by one of the most successful risk takers in the finance world, this book reveals the secret of Wall Street quants who created a new way of managing risk to maximize success. With actionable advice, this book shows how managing true risk, including the chance of loss, is the key to success in any risky activity. This engaging and intellectually rigorous narrative offers a secret history of Wall Street and addresses essential issues from economics to life. Don't miss out on the chance to learn from the experts and discover profitable opportunities.
Here's a good summary of the conceptual difference between Harry (mean/variance) and Kelly (geometric mean maximization) as summarized by Aaron Brown in his book, Red-Blooded Risk. – source
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
Valuation by McKinsey & Company Inc.
Blueprint by Robert Plomin
Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
The Fear Factor by Abigail Marsh
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Scale by Geoffrey West
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Confessions of the Pricing Man by Hermann Simon
Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
The Outsiders by William N. Thorndike
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
An Engine, Not a Camera by Donald MacKenzie
Creating Shareholder Value by Alfred Rappaport
COMPLEXITY by M. Mitchell Waldrop
More Heat than Light by Philip Mirowski