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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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Bubble in the Sun
The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression
Christopher Knowlton - Jan 12, 2021 (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...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
The telling of America’s first modern bubble: the Florida real estate boom of the 1920s. What’s great about this book is that so many of the characters, scenes, incentives, behaviors, and outcomes could be right out of today’s world. Same as it ever was.      source
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The Molecule of More
How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race
Daniel Z. Lieberman - Sep 03, 2019
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Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or t...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
A book about dopamine, the most powerful chemical in your brain that we rarely think about has so much influence on the world. Dopamine doesn’t give you happiness in the moment; it convinces you that there’s happiness in the future that you should pursue, always pushing us for more, more, more.      source
The Choice
Embrace the Possible
Edith Eva Eger - Sep 04, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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A New York Times Bestseller “I’ll be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story…The Choice is a reminder of what courage looks like in the worst of times and that we all have the ability to pay attention to what we’ve lost, or to pay attention to what we still have.”—Oprah “Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
Maybe the best book I’ve read in years. The true story of a young Hungarian girl sent to Auschwitz where her parents are murdered upon arrival but who manages to survive a year of torture and starvation before being liberated. After the war she moves to America, gets a PhD in psychology, and becomes a therapist who understands the psychology of trauma better than anyone. Just epic writing and storytelling, hard to put down.      source
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The Hidden Life of Trees
What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature (1))
Peter Wohlleben - Sep 13, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their childre...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
A fascinating book about the complexity of something that seems basic. One example: Trees that grow up in their mothers’ shade grow slowly, because their moms block most of the sun. Slow growth leads to dense wood, which leads to a strong tree. Trees that instead grow in the open sun, without their mom’s shade, grow very fast, gorging on all the light they can absorb. But fast growth leads to soft wood, which is susceptible to rot and fungus. That analogy – grow fast at your own peril – applies to many fields, as do several of the lessons in this book.      source
Empty Mansions
The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Bill Dedman - Apr 22, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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When Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 mi...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
The story of an heiress who inherits a fortune but lives a life of seclusion with almost no contact with the outside world while collecting mansions that go unvisited until she dies at age 104 after living in a hospital for years despite excellent health, setting off an epic battle for her money. Like the Vanderbilt story, it’s a fascinating look at what money does, and doesn’t, do for you.      source
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A Man on the Moon
The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
Andrew Chaikin - Aug 28, 2007 (first published in 1994)
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On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. Now the greatest event of the twentieth century is magnificently retold through the eyes and ears of the people who were there. Based on the interviews with twentythree moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get...
Morgan Housel
Feb 18, 2021
Walking on the moon is probably the coolest thing humans have ever done. The hardest, boldest, riskiest, thing ever attempted by anyone – I don’t think that’s an exaggeration. There are surprisingly few books that describe what it was like for the astronauts, most of whom assumed they’d die on these missions. This is the best one I’ve found.      source
American Moonshot
John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
Douglas Brinkley - Apr 02, 2019
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Instant New York Times BestsellerAs the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award winning historian and perennial New York Times bestselling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon.“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do th...
Morgan Housel
Dec 14, 2020
This book on the space race was very good. Putting a man on the moon seemed so implausible in the early 1960s that the only equivalent today is probably achieving something like time travel.      source
The Body
A Guide for Occupants
Bill Bryson - Jan 26, 2021 (first published in 2019)
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Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body--with a new afterword for the Vintage paperback....
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 by Jim Paul
Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Super Pumped by Mike Isaac
D DAY Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz
Alchemy by Rory Sutherland
Everything Is Bullshit by Priceonomics
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