The Buy Side Reviewed

I will let you in a little secret (though I think I admitted this in my review of Wolf of Wall Street already ... I will read any book and see any movie that comes out regarding life on Wall Street. I can know ahead of time that it is going to be cartoonishly stupid, and they often are, and I will still read or see it. Some are quite serious in nature (see my lengthy list of reviews covering the financial crisis of 2008), and some are entertainment-driven (the Wolf of Wall Street is a case in … [Read more...]

The Wolf of Wall Street Reviewed

I read Jordan Belfort's book the first week that it came out five or so years ago. I knew immediately that the talk of it turning into a movie would happen, for the book itself read like it was written to be put on the screen. Here was a guy convicted in one of the largest white collar crime cases in history, and a 300-page book barely made mention of what he did for a living (legally or illegally). The book read from cover to cover about the crazy shenanigans they did when they WEREN'T … [Read more...]

What Happened to Goldman Sachs Reviewed

The CEO of a significant hedge fund with whom I enjoy a close relationship recently recommended for me (strongly) What Happened to Goldman Sachs by a former employee of Goldman's, Steven Mandis. The implicit pitch for the book was that finally someone had gone beyond the superficial analysis of Goldman that others had done (I think Cohan's work warrants that label as much as any other work does), and dug deep into the good, bad, and ugly at one of Wall Street's premier investment banks, Goldman … [Read more...]

The Rational Optimist Reviewed

The Rational Optimist is a rare find for those who love markets, love history, and love reading. Few books you will ever read combine the historical depth that this gem of a find from Matt Ridley has, and yet also challenge your thinking in the way he does. I am a lover of markets and one who finds the perpetual pessimism often permeating amongst those of a like mind to be, well, unacceptable. What Ridley does in this 350-page beauty is explain why, and do so in such a manner that not a … [Read more...]

Knowledge and Power is George Gilder’s New Magnum Opus

George Gilder is one of the most important minds in the United States of America, and he has been for 30+ years. His Wealth and Poverty is one of the very few HAVE-TO-READ books in the history of free market economics. His Israel Test is one of my favorite books of the last ten years. He has been one of the true thoughts leaders of this generation in economics, technology, cultural values, and the inter-connectedness of markets and morality. And now, in the later portion of his illustrious … [Read more...]