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Morgan Housel


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Morgan Housel is a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal.
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The Body
A Guide for Occupants
Bill Bryson - Oct 14, 2019
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In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe.Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself....
Morgan Housel
Dec 05, 2020
The Body is probably the best book I read in the last year:     source
Where the Money Was
The Memoirs of a Bank Robber (Library of Larceny)
Willie Sutton - Mar 23, 2004 (first published in 1976)
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The Broadway Books Library of LarcenyLuc Sante, General EditorFor more than fifty years, Willie Sutton devoted his boundless energy and undoubted genius exclusively to two activities at which he became better than any man in history: breaking in and breaking out. The targets in the first instance were banks and in the second, prisons. Unarguably Am...
Morgan Housel
Nov 27, 2020
A few underrated books: 1. Where The Money Was: Memoirs of a Bank Robber (Willie Sutton) 2. Crashing Through: The Story of the Man Who Dared to See 3. One Summer: America in 1927     source
These Truths
A History of the United States
Jill Lepore - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, n...
Morgan Housel
Aug 18, 2020
Loved, and recommend, this book on U.S. history by Jill Lepore: These Truths: A History of the United States     source
The End Is Always Near
Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
Dan Carlin - Oct 29, 2019
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The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future.Do tough times create tougher people? Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or capabilities ever peak or regress? No on...
Morgan Housel
May 11, 2020
This Dan Carlin book on times when it felt like the world was coming to an end is *extremely* good. Was written last year but has a great chapter on pandemics.     source
What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars
Jim Paul - Apr 29, 2013 (first published in 1994)
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Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all—his fortune, his reputation, and his job—in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and...
Morgan Housel
Mar 11, 2020
The best book on the psychology of down markets is What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars. Smart, well written, timeless.     source
Billion Dollar Whale
The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
Bradley Hope - Oct 22, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).Now a #1 international bestseller, BILLION DOLLAR WHALE is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global sc...
Morgan Housel
Feb 17, 2020
This book on the 1MDB scandal was great, hard to put down. Low sophistication + huge brazenness is a powerful fraud combo.     source
The Ride of a Lifetime
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Robert Iger - Sep 23, 2019
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A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more inten...
Morgan Housel
Nov 30, 2019
Lots of people said read this book by Robert Iger for the first chapter (which is very good), but I thought the whole book was interesting. Fits @michaelbatnick's definition of a book about business vs. a business book.     source
Super Pumped
The Battle for Uber
Mike Isaac - Sep 03, 2019
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In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped pre...
Morgan Housel
Sep 29, 2019
Reading Super Pumped, the Uber book. I’ve heard this story many times but it’s still amazing:     source
D DAY Through German Eyes
Holger Eckhertz - Oct 25, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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This is the hidden side of D-Day which has fascinated readers/listeners around the world.Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaug...
Morgan Housel
Sep 11, 2019
The book D Day Through German Eyes is mindblowing. The views of a Nazi soldier in occupied France -- propaganda is a hellevua drug:     source
The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life
Rory Sutherland - May 07, 2019
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HOW DOES MAGIC HAPPEN? The Ogilvy advertising legend—“one of the leading minds in the world of branding” (NPR) and "the don of modern advertising" ( Sunday Times )—explores the art and science of conjuring irresistible products and ideas . "Sutherland, the legendary Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, uses his decades of expe...
Morgan Housel
Sep 06, 2019
This book by @rorysutherland is as good as everyone else says it is.     source
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Everything Is Bullshit
The greatest scams on Earth revealed
Priceonomics - Jun 24, 2014
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Many of our society’s most cherished traditions are actually based on historical accident, the profit motives of a few companies, or the agenda of someone who died long ago. A lot of what we believe and do is bullshit, yet we walk around thinking our way of doing things is inherently correct. Why do we exchange diamond engagement rings? Why is wine...
Morgan Housel
Jul 08, 2019
A truly great book, basically the intersection of microeconomics and sociology:     source
The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
Crashing Through by Robert Kurson
City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder
Tribe by Sebastian Junger
One Summer by Bill Bryson
John F. Kennedy by Michael O'Brien
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
The Half-Life of Facts by Samuel Arbesman
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Fortune's Children by Arthur T Vanderbilt II
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis
Lee Kuan Yew by Graham Allison
Charlie Munger by Tren Griffin