01/27/2011 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
It has taken the world’s greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international bestseller Liar’s Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.
In this visceral tour to the heart of the financial system, Michael Lewis takes us around the globe and back decades to trace the origins of the current crisis. He meets the people who saw it coming, the people who were asleep at the wheel and the people who were actively driving us all of a cliff. How could we have all been so deluded for quite so long? Where did it all start? Was it systemic? Was it avoidable? And who the hell can we blame? Michael Lewis has the answers.
No one is better qualified to get to the heart of this labyrinthine story. And no one can make it such an enjoyable ride along the way.
01/01/2011 Managerial Economics by William F. Samuelson and Stephen G. Marks
Great econ book!
Through five editions, Managerial Economics has been among the leading texts in the field. Maintaining its hallmark clarity, abundant use of real-world examples and cases, and strong coverage of international issues and technological change, the Sixth Edition has been rigorously updated and revised, adding six entirely new chapters and an innovative student Web site.
01/01/2011 Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor & Saul Singer
A fascinating expert look at Israel’s meteoric rise in the global economy — with timely hints for a world reeling from financial crisisStart-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel — a country of 7.1 million, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war, with no natural resources — produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful nations like Canada, Japan, China, India, and the U.K.? With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine Israeli culture and government to reveal the secrets behind the world’s first ever “start-up nation.” As countries across the globe restart their own economies, and as businesses try to re-energize their entrepreneurial spirit, we can all look to Israel for some impressive, surprising clues.
08/02/2010 Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?
Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They’re systematic and predictable–making us predictably irrational.
07/20/2010 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of ‘outliers’. He asks the question – what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from – that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math and Frenchmen with women… (I added that but I am sure there are facts that support this assumption! lol).
07/07/2010 Fooled by Randomness
07/02/2010 Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi
I am not usually a big fan of the success promising kind of book but this one was great! Entertaining, funny and full of common sense. A must read!