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Jan
13
2010

ArticlesReviewsBook Review: Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

I felt this book had some merit, but it was not a particularly enjoyable read:

  • Published in 1923, and considered a Wall street Classic
  • Based on the life of Jesse Livermore, but almost entirely devoid of his personal life.
  • Starts out terribly boring – following his trades through the bucket shops is painful – though it picks up pace as he moves through his career

I’m someone that inherently focuses on fundamentals, and this helped to get an insight into the mind of a speculator. It is worthwhile reading if you are interested in financial markets. This book is part of an enormous and ever-growing body of support showing that nothing is new in finance; all the boom and bust cycles, financial crises, and scandals only prove how short our memories are.

90% of what is written in the book is relevant today(Rules change, game remains the same), though somehow I found the other 10% to be the most interesting. You can definitely pick up on a Gatsby vibe, though, as mentioned above, most of the focus is strictly on the trading.

Rating of 3.0 stars
Book rating: 3.0 of 5.0 stars

Jun
18
2009

ReviewsBook Review: The Enchantress of Florence

enchantress_of_florence_rushdie[1]This book was immensely disappointing. The back cover talks of Rushdie weaving a magical world – but I could never bring myself to buy-in.

Maybe my disappointment stems from the expectations set by Rushdie’s outstanding “Midnight’s Children”, which is among my all time favourites.

There are passages where you can’t help but admire the prowess of the author – but the story overall is too disjointed to develop a sense of anticipation. If the book were not written by Salman Rushdie, I likely would not have bothered to finish reading it.

Rating of 2.5 stars
Book rating: 2.5 of 5.0 stars

Apr
13
2009

ReviewsBook Review: New Rules of Lifting for Women

nrol4w1I’m not a woman.

Now that we’ve cleared that up – I can say that this book is excellent. The author has a sharp wit, and hits all the key points. It will keep you entertained while addressing all the concerns you might have.

My only criticism is that the book is a bit light on exercise specific biomechanics (why to do one exercise over another). Highly recommended.

(Alwyn Cosgrove compiled the actual workout programs, and is a contributer to T-nation.com – The rest of the text was written by Lou Schuler)

Rating of 4.5 stars
Book rating: 4.5 of 5.0 stars

Feb
26
2009

ReviewsBook Review: Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

foundersatwork1What makes this so enjoyable is that there are 30 very different stories that are told. I would get to the end of one chapter, and be anxiously anticipating the next.

There is a tech bent to the book (some chapters are quite technical and will bore the non-tech crowd), but if you are interested in what happens at a startup, this is a great place to begin.

Writing this review makes me want to pickup the book again – I highly recommend it.

(You may have noticed that all the reviews showing up are 4-5 stars. It’s because these are the books that come to mind as I populate my review database. Bad books are not memorable, unless they are really bad)

Rating of 5.0 stars
Book rating: 5.0 of 5.0 stars

Feb
25
2009

ReviewsThe Essays of Warren Buffett : Lessons for Corporate America

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Compiled of excerpts from his annual reports over 20 years – This is an excellent read.

Get the truth on value creation, all flavoured with his Omaha charm.

Rating of 5.0 stars
Book rating: 5.0 of 5.0 stars

ReviewsBook Review: Freakonomics

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I found this book to be far too fluffy for my liking. I understand that it is economics for pop-culture, but the way that the book floats around does not permit any convincing analysis to be presented

Rating of 3.0 stars
Book rating: 3.0 of 5.0 stars

ReviewsBook Review: The God Delusion

a little light reading

Be prepared for Dawkins’ derision – He is as logical and uncompromising in the book as you will ever see.

I think that even he has softened on his approach since writing this.

Rating of 4.0 stars
Book rating: 4.0 of 5.0 stars

ReviewsBook Review: The Magus

513fjq0r7yl1I read this book ~ 15 years ago, and I can still recall its impact – That it has stayed with me for such a long time is a testament to the imagery of the book.

I recommend it.

Rating of 5.0 stars
Book rating: 5.0 of 5.0 stars

ReviewsBook Review: Night by Elie Wiesel

night-wiesel1 Don’t read the forward until after the book. It ruined the book for me.

Rating of 3.0 stars
Book rating: 3.0 of 5.0 stars

Feb
20
2009

ReviewsMovie Review: Gran Torino

grandtorinotrailer1This movie reminded me of another of Clint’s classic films: Unforgiven. It was enjoyable, as most of Clint’s movies are.

The ethnic jokes were great – and took me back to my very politcally incorrect adolescence.

Rating of 4.5 stars
Movie rating: 4.5 of 5.0 stars