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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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Hunting Eichmann
How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Neal Bascomb - 2009-04-01
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This riveting historical account tells the story of the manhunt for Adolf Eichmann, who vanished after the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich. The hunt for Eichmann spans continents and generations, involving a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew and his beautiful daughter, and the Mossad, whose rare surveillance photographs are published here for the first time. The thrilling capture of Eichmann and efforts to bring him to trial is the gripping conclusion to this tale of espionage and international pursuit.
Sam Ball
Fantastic book and really interesting story, would strongly recommend (read as an audiobook - also for full disclosure haven't finished yet but should do so on a flight later today so posting before I forget)      source
Also recommended by
Noah KaganPatrick Chovanec
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The Art of Execution
How the world's best investors get it wrong and still make millions
Lee Freeman-Shor - 2015-09-14
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Discover the hidden habits of successful investors in The Art of Execution. Fund manager Lee Freeman-Shor reveals the real reason for their profitability - not their brilliant ideas, but their execution strategy. Through real-life data, case studies, and stories, Freeman-Shor uncovers the secret habits of execution that separate winners from losers. A must-read for investors of every level, this book shows you how to succeed and avoid costly mistakes. Learn why the art of execution is the most important factor in investing.
Sam Ball
Really enjoyed this and very easy read, quite a refreshing and different take compared to most investing books, have included the blurb for anyone interested. Thanks @7LukeHallard for the recommendation.      source
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon - 2022-04-01
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Discover the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its impact on Western civilization, the Catholic Church, and beyond. In this timeless historical work, Edward Gibbon traces the Empire's decline and offers a provocative explanation for its eventual fall. Gibbon argues that the loss of civic virtue among Roman citizens, and their reliance on barbarian mercenaries, led to the Empire's collapse. Explore Gibbon's astute insights and capture a glimpse of Roman life and society like never before.
Sam Ball
Haven't posted any books read in a while, this is because I've been reading the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon. I've wanted to read this for a few years now and loved it, would strongly recommend for the few odd people who read about Rome and have noticed      source
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Investing for Growth
How to make money by only buying the best companies in the world – An anthology of investment writing, 2010–20
Terry Smith - 2020-10-27
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Investing for Growth is an anthology of essays and letters by leading fund manager Terry Smith. Smith debunks the many myths of investing and advocates for simply buying the best companies in the world. These high-quality companies generate serious amounts of cash and know what to do with it, resulting in a powerful compounding of returns that is almost impossible to beat. Smith also provides practical insights on how to find these companies, where to avoid impostors, and his ten golden rules for investment. The book is a hugely enjoyable and eye-opening tour through some of the most important topics in the world of investing, backed up by analytical rigor.
Sam Ball
@FradeDuarte @Invesquotes Fantastic book      source
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The Power of Geography
Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World – the sequel to Prisoners of Geography
Tim Marshall - 2021-04-22
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Discover the future of international conflicts with Tim Marshall's The Power of Geography. In this insightful book, the author identifies the top 10 crisis zones that will shape the 21st century and explores the role of geographical factors in these conflicts. From Australia's confrontation with China to Greece's struggle with Turkey, this book sheds light on the key players and potential solutions for each crisis. Don't miss out on this engaging read that offers a fresh perspective on the challenges of the coming years.
Sam Ball
Really enjoyed this, would recommend, actually thought it was better than his first book Prisoners of Geography (which was also excellent)      source
Also recommended by
Tom Watson
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Nuremberg Trial
Ann Tusa - 2003-02-19 (first published in 1984)
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This non-fiction book delves into the postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. It provides a gripping account of the trial proceedings and offers a profound examination of the processes that created international law. The book includes twenty-four photographs of the key players and extensive references, sources and biographies. The author vividly draws each participant, from the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop to the icy coolness of Goering.
Sam Ball
Absolutely fascinating book, would strongly recommend (read as an audiobook)      source
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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
Paul Kennedy - 1989-01-15 (first published in 1987)
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This book puts economic and political dilemmas into the context of world history, exploring how empires have fallen due to their inability to sustain the cost of greatness. The author uses a strategic-economic approach to provide a shapely narrative that delves into the historical contexts in which power centers prospered. The lesson draws on 15 centuries of statecraft to apply to today's political scene. This work has been widely acclaimed for its careful and learned analysis, providing an enhancement to our historical understanding.
Sam Ball
Really enjoyed this, probably my favourite book of the year so far, would recommend I did skip the last chapter though as it was speculating about the future and was written in 1988 so hasn't aged fantastically      source
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Preston PyshJames Mattis
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Rich Dad Poor Dad
What the Rich Teach their Kids About Money
Robert T Kiyosaki - 2007-12-01 (first published in 1997)
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"Transform your views on money and investing with this global personal finance phenomenon. Discover the story of two fathers, one wealthy and entrepreneurial and the other struggling financially, and how their differing perspectives shaped the author's mindset. With over 36 million copies sold worldwide, this book will explode the myth of needing a high income to become rich, challenge traditional beliefs about assets, and show parents why relying on schools for financial education is not enough. Join the millions who have already taken the path to financial freedom with Rich Dad Poor Dad."
Sam Ball
Twitter accounts recommended: @maynardpaton @richardbeddard @jpsc01 @wolfejosh Books recommended: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki      source
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Why Wall Street Matters
William D. Cohan - 2017-02-28
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Explore the essential role of Wall Street and big banks as engines that power our ideas and promote the proper functioning of the world economy. Written by acclaimed financial journalist William D. Cohan, this timely and counterintuitive book offers a defense of these institutions, highlighting the good they do and their potential to work better for all of us. With his insider knowledge and investigative instincts, Cohan will provide you with a fascinating look into Wall Street's inner workings, explaining the complicated goings-on in terms the lay reader can grasp.
Sam Ball
Fairly interesting read, didn't learn a huge amount but a good summary of a few other books I've read      source
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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
Philip A. Fisher - 2003-08-29 (first published in 1957)
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This influential book on investing by Philip Fisher has been regarded by many as gospel for almost forty years. Its investment philosophies are still studied and applied by financiers and investors today. The updated paperback includes the author's son's perspectives and an expanded preface and introduction. Warren Buffet himself says that a thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Fisher's techniques, enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.
Sam Ball
@FromValue Wonderful book - on my list to re-read in the near future. Have you read any of his other books?      source
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Big Debt Crises by Ray Dalio
The Ivy Portfolio by Mebane T. Faber
The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements by Mary Buffett
The People's Tycoon by Steven Watts
Titan by Ron Chernow
The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin
The Magic Kingdom by Steven Watts
The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
The House of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson