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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 Power of Geography
Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World – the sequel to Prisoners of Geography
Tim Marshall - 2021-10-01
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Wer die Nachrichten von morgen heute schon verstehen möchte.Die großen internationalen Konflikte des 21. Jahrhunderts sind heute bereits angelegt. Mit bestechender Klarsicht identifiziert der Politikexperte Tim Marshall, welche zehn Regionen die größten Krisenherde der nächsten Zukunft darstellen. Er erklärt, welche Rolle geographische Faktoren spi...
Sam Ball
Really enjoyed this, would recommend, actually thought it was better than his first book Prisoners of Geography (which was also excellent)      source
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Tom Watson
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Nuremberg Trial
Ann Tusa - 2010-07-01 (first published in 1984)
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Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goerin...
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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THE WIDELY ACCLAIMED BESTSELLER THAT BOLDLY AND LUCIDLY PUTS OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DILEMMAS INTO THE PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD HISTORY."A work of almost Toynbeean sweep... When a scholar as careful and learned as Mr. Kennedy is prompted by contemporary issues to reexamine the great processes of the past, the result can only be an enhancemen...
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 - 2020-05-14 (first published in 1997)
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The #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dad: his real father, whom he calls his poor dad, ' and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his rich dad.' One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other's education was street smarts" over traditional classroom educ...
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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A timely, counterintuitive defense of Wall Street and the big banks as the invisible—albeit flawed—engines that power our ideas, and should be made to work better for all of us Maybe you think the banks should be broken up and the bankers should be held accountable for the financial crisis in 2008. Maybe you hate the greed of Wall Street but know t...
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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The House of Morgan
An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
Ron Chernow - 2010-01-13 (first published in 1990)
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The winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as "brilliantly researched and written," the book tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms ...
Sam Ball
Loved this, the second Chernow book I've read and it was as well written as the first. I got it at Christmas but was saving it for the nice weather so I could read it in the sun as I did with Titan last year. I expect I'll read all of Chernow's books within the next few years.      source
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The Ascent of Money
A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson - 2009-10-26 (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
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 - 2006-10-10 (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
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
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The Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney and the American Way of Life
Steven Watts - 2001-10-01 (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
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
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The Psychology of Money
Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
Morgan Housel - 2020-09-08
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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
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
The Ivy Portfolio by Mebane T. Faber
The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements by Mary Buffett
Titan by Ron Chernow
The House of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson