Some books I’ve read and enjoyed in the last few months:
- The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - It’s weird how much I enjoyed this book.
- China Airborne - As part of its current five-year plan, China is investing $250 billion in aerospace infrastructure. Halfway through, and so far it’s excellent.
- Cold Shot to the Heart - I’m a sucker for great crime fiction. This was only good.
- Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets - A balanced examination of the strengths and limitations of markets.
- Swamplandia! - A recommendation from Christina that I started over a year ago and just finished last month. Mostly enjoyable; often uncomfortable.
- What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry - A history of SAIL, the Homebrew Computer Club, and Silicon Valley. Rambling but engrossing. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ll devour this book.
- The Soros Lectures / Ray Dalio - A Template for Understanding What’s Going On - Two investing giants lay out their conceptions of the financial markets in the wake of the financial crisis. Soros focuses on the social theory of reflexivity and the psychology of market participants; Dalio forwards a transaction- and trend-based approach. Neither of these men are modest.