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I read to learn
The Rise and Fall of the US Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Market Meltdown - James Barth, Tong Li, Triphon Phumiwasana, Glenn Yago, Wenling Lu

Good collection of stats on the crisis. Many from the Milken Institute. Remember that name ? 

The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story: a dramatic beginning, a fat body and then 55 pages of finish that deliver and weave a finishing explanation to satiate our curiosity over the book's purpose. 

The Adventures of a Mathematician

Adventures of a Mathematician - Stanislaw M. Ulam

Good book and a successful career. Universities were still offering him posts when he died around 75 years old. My fav part was how he would continually state: so and so (faculty or students from Lwow University in Poland) "murdered by the Germans" in 194x, Sad but interesting the way he would state it. It obviously left quite an impression on him. 


He left Poland and never saw many of his friends nd family ever again. 

Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders - Warren Buffett, Max Olson

Amazing book if you like investment topics and insight on how he structured his companies and did business. 


Very long book. If you don't have time but are interested, read the first third.

Searching for good books going forward

I am in search of titles to read. I read a fair bit every yr and if I have my way I will continue to read many books every yr. I find I learn something from every book. 


I am looking for historical non-fiction with the main criteria being a good story, well-written that also gives you a glimpse of history and teaches you something. 


I also like books about MONEY. It is the subject I have read the most books about. Anything that is passed the 101 level, and dives into aspects of the way our current system works, or even involves learning more history on the subject. My goal with these is to know more and deal with money better because of that knowledge.


Lastly, I like fast novels. I find they take little time and increase my reading speed when I am slowing down. I use to like spy-type novels but have grown from that. I don't like novels with too much violence in them, not after that in a novel and it is way too common these days.  I like a good story that is weaved in a way you often can't predict how things will end. 


Do you have any book ideas for me? I have some for you! 

Roosevelts: An American Saga - Peter Collier, David Horowitz

This is one of my favorite historical biographies. I don't know how accurate it is, and I read it a long time ago, but it is sweeping in it's romantic portrayal of these historic figures. I recommend it as much as I can for a book in that category. 


Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography - Alan Forrest

Napoleon rose up after the French Revolution. The interesting thing for me was understanding that Europe was a theater for WW in the 1800's also. This author tries to avoid the sweeping tales of Napoleon's triumphs and instead accurately relay the progression of his life and what happened around him. 


I needed a book to give me some of the story of this historical figure and I got that. I was slowed down by reading about the brutality of the era. Sometime in the future I will look at one of the other 10-15 biographies on him to get more insight of specific battles etc. 

Sphere - Michael Crichton
"Freaky book. Scary and interesting at the same time. "