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Once again, its time to peruse the data to see which books TBP readers bought last month. Amazon’s embed code lets me track every click from these links — how many people look at the page, how many books get seen, and/or collectively purchased.

Its anonymous — I don’t know who bought what — but there’s lots of data on the various books generated.

These were the most popular TBP books for August:

The Art of Contrary Thinking (Humphrey B. Neill)

Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen (Mark Buchanan)

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds (Charles Mackay)

Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street (Neil Barofsky)

How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life (Thomas Gilovich)

Broken Markets: How High Frequency Trading and Predatory Practices on Wall Street are Destroying Investor Confidence and Your Portfolio (Sal L. Arnuk)

Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Frank Partnoy )

Hedge Fund Market Wizards (Jack D. Schwager)

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (James Gleick)

The Little Book of Bull’s Eye Investing: Finding Value, Generating Absolute Returns, and Controlling Risk in Turbulent Markets (John Mauldin)

Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)

Bailout Nation (Barry Ritholtz)


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These were the most popular TBP Kindle eBooks for August:

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Charles Mackay)

How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life (Thomas Gilovich)

Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Frank Partnoy)

Hedge Fund Market Wizards (Jack D. Schwager)

Wait: The useful art of procrastination (Frank Partnoy)

The Romney Files (Brett Arends)

Bailout Nation (Barry Ritholtz)


Category: Books, Consumer Spending

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5 Responses to “Books Bought By Big Picture Readers (August 2012)”

  1. Tom says:

    What’s the sample size?

  2. It varies each month, but its between 500-1000 books (combined print & kindle)

  3. Jerry says:

    What are you reading now?

    Anything not on the list you would suggest — anything not finance related ?

  4. Orange14 says:

    I’m stunned that anyone is paying a red cent for Charles Mackay’s superb investment book, “Extradordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.” This prize has been out of copyright for over 100 years and is available for a free download (even in Kindle format) at Project Gutenburg! I thought that readers of The Big Picture were generally savvy investors; I guess this is one area that they fall short. ;-)

  5. TennesseeCPA says:

    Barry: You started me, via this list, reading Wait. After that, found Predictably Irrational and got wonderfully sucked into anything by Dan Airely. Thanks for this list, will eagerly await each month’s entries. Also highly recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – what strange creatures we act like!