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Sam Ball is a Durham University graduate who currently works in the tax department of an accounting firm. He is a former blogger and social media expert. Sam's interest in investing has led to him generating impressive returns over a short period of time.
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The Ascent of Money
A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson - Oct 26, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go ?roundNiall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What?s more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential ba...
Sam Ball
Mar 19, 2021
Enjoyed this, Ferguson excellent as expected. Have ordered four more of his books to make sure I don't run out anytime soon.      source
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The People's Tycoon
Henry Ford and the American Century
Steven Watts - Oct 10, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography. The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordabl...
Sam Ball
Jan 23, 2021
Really enjoyed this, excellent writing by Steven Watts. Enjoyed his Henry Ford book too, he has a Hugh Hefner one also so I will probably read that at some point.      source
The Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney and the American Way of Life
Steven Watts - Oct 01, 2001 (first published in 1998)
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The Magic Kingdom sheds new light on the cultural icon of "Uncle Walt."  Watts digs deeply into Disney's private life, investigating his roles as husband, father, and brother and providing fresh insight into his peculiar psyche-his genuine folksiness and warmth, his domineering treatment of colleagues and friends, his deepest prejudices and passion...
Sam Ball
Jan 23, 2021
Really enjoyed this, excellent writing by Steven Watts. Enjoyed his Henry Ford book too, he has a Hugh Hefner one also so I will probably read that at some point.      source
The Psychology of Money
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
Morgan Housel - Sep 08, 2020
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Doing well with money isn't necessarily about what you know. It's about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. Money--investing, personal finance, and business decisions--is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don't make financi...
Sam Ball
Dec 30, 2020
Really enjoyed this. I've seen the book hyped up on Twitter a lot however it has lived up to the hype. Easy to read and I think there's a lot to take away for all readers regardless of how advanced their knowledge is.      source
Big Debt Crises
Ray Dalio - Nov 01, 2018
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“Ray Dalio’s excellent study provides an innovative way of thinking about debt crises and the policy response.” - Ben Bernanke “Ray Dalio’s book is must reading for anyone who aspires to prevent or manage through the next financial crisis.” - Larry Summers “A terrific piece of work from one of the world’s top investors who has devoted his life to...
Sam Ball
Dec 12, 2020
What are the top books you have read this year? Mine are: 1) Titan - Chernow 2) The House of Rothschild - Ferguson 3) The Creature from Jekyll Island - Griffin 4) Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises - Dalio 5) The Ivy Portfolio - Faber & Richardson      source
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The Ivy Portfolio
How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets
Mebane T. Faber - Apr 05, 2011
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A do-it-yourself guide to investing like the renowned Harvard and Yale endowments. The Ivy Portfolio shows step-by-step how to track and mimic the investment strategies of the highly successful Harvard and Yale endowments. Using the endowment Policy Portfolios as a guide, the authors illustrate how an investor can develop a strategic asset allocati...
Sam Ball
Dec 12, 2020
What are the top books you have read this year? Mine are: 1) Titan - Chernow 2) The House of Rothschild - Ferguson 3) The Creature from Jekyll Island - Griffin 4) Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises - Dalio 5) The Ivy Portfolio - Faber & Richardson      source
The Creature from Jekyll Island
A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin - Sep 11, 2010 (first published in 1994)
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The quintessential treatise on economics. Cussed and discussed by all from notable politicians to academicians to laypersons. Do you want to know the truth about money? Creature from Jekyll Island will give you the answers to these, and other, questions: Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians' secrets are un...
Sam Ball
Dec 12, 2020
What are the top books you have read this year? Mine are: 1) Titan - Chernow 2) The House of Rothschild - Ferguson 3) The Creature from Jekyll Island - Griffin 4) Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises - Dalio 5) The Ivy Portfolio - Faber & Richardson      source
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Preston Pysh
The House of Rothschild
Niall Ferguson - Nov 01, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest st...
Sam Ball
Dec 12, 2020
What are the top books you have read this year? Mine are: 1) Titan - Chernow 2) The House of Rothschild - Ferguson 3) The Creature from Jekyll Island - Griffin 4) Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises - Dalio 5) The Ivy Portfolio - Faber & Richardson      source
Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Ron Chernow - Mar 30, 2004 (first published in 1998)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
Sam Ball
Nov 26, 2020
@phoenixvalue Fantastic book      source
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements
The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
Mary Buffett - Oct 14, 2008
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With an insider's view of the mind of the master, Mary Buffett and David Clark have written a simple guide for reading financial statements from Warren Buffett's succccessful perspective.Buffett and Clark clearly outline Warren Buffett's strategies in a way that will appeal to newcomers and seasoned Buffettologists alike. Inspired by the seminal wo...
Sam Ball
Nov 15, 2018
@1CryptoBully @Corpetty @WarrenBuffett @1BullPenPodcast @ECCBlockchain @project_ecc @thebtcpodcast Probably the best investing/accounting book I have come across for beginners, and so easy to digest      source