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The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).
This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
“In this revolutionary and beautifully reasoned book, Barry Schwartz shows that there is vastly too much choice in the modern world. This promiscuous amount of choice renders the consumer helpless and dissatisfied. The Paradox of Choice is a must read for every thoughtful person.”
— Martin Seligman, author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness
“The Paradox of Choice carries a simple yet profoundly life-altering message for all Americans. Based on new research, Barry Schwartz explores why we want more choices when the best possible choice is already at hand, and how the creation of this “choice overload” undermines good decision-making. His eleven practical, simple steps to becoming less choosy will change much in your daily life. Buy this book now!”
— Philip G. Zimbardo, author of Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It
“Today’s world offers us more choices but, ironically, less satisfaction. In this provocative and riveting book, Barry Schwartz shines the light of psychological science on popular culture and shows us steps we can take toward a more rewarding life. This is one of those rare books I just couldn’t put down.”
— David G. Myers, author of Intuition: Its Powers and Perils
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 April:
In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives (Steven Levy)
The Triumph of Contrarian Investing (Ned Davis)
Bailout Nation (Barry Ritholtz)
Being Right or Making Money (Ned Davis)
Contagious (Jonah Berger)
The Bankers’ New Clothes (Anat Admati)
Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Frank Partnoy)
How We Know What Isn’t So (Thomas Gilovich)
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Cialdini)
Markets in Motion (Ned Davis)
Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
Big Data (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger)
Poor Charlie’s Almanack (Charles T. Munger)
The battle for stock market profits (Gerald M Loeb)
Kindle and eBooks after the jump
I had a chance at a recent Wired event to chat with Steven Levy about In The Plex which I enjoyed greatly. It is a fun, fascinating read about how a great innovation in search and a second innovation — monetizing it — led to creation, development, and dominance of Google.
Levy, who had done a few way early and quite complementary articles on Google (before anyone knew who they were) was granted “unprecedented access to the company” and it shows in his quite revelatory book about how how Google became the company it is today.
The key to Google’s success in all of their businesses, according to Levy, is the engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet values as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk taking.
I was tempted to accuse Levy of fawning over the company, but he is pretty brutal on how Google stumbled so badly in China as well as in social networking,
He writes with a deep understanding of engineering and software — which works terrifically well in this book. That technology savvy is what was noticeably missing from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.
If you are curious as to how things operate in the Googleplex, this books gives you the details.
Once again, its time to peruse the data to see which books TBP readers bought last month via Amazon’s magic embed code (we can track click from these links). 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 March:
• Contagious (Jonah Berger)
• Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger (Charles T. Munger)
• Big Data (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger)
• How We Know What Isn’t So (Thomas Gilovich)
• Bailout Nation (Barry Ritholtz)
• The Myth of the Rational Market (Justin Fox)
• Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
• Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Frank Partnoy)
• Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Cialdini)
• Pound Foolish (Helaine Olen)
• The Bankers’ New Clothes (Anat Admati)
Kindle and eBooks after the jump
This book is next up in my queue. It looks to be a primer on why big, highly leveraged banks are bad for the economy.
More than four years after the financial meltdown devastated the economy, our banking system remains resistant to reform and riddled with risk. The Bankers’ New Clothes challenges us to question the status quo and to think anew about the transformative changes in banking that are needed to serve the public interest. This work should spur a long-overdue debate on real banking reform.”
-Phil Angelides, chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
The Bankers’ New Clothes underscores that there is perhaps no reform more important and central to a stable financial system than capping the ability of financial institutions to take excessive risks using other people’s money.
-Sheila C. Bair, former chair of FDIC and author of Bull by the Horns
The Bankers’ New Clothes accomplishes the near impossible by translating the arcane world of banking regulation into plain English. In doing so, it exposes as false the self-serving arguments against meaningful financial reform advanced by Wall Street executives and the captured politicians who serve their interests. This revelatory must-read shreds bankers’ scare tactics while offering commonsense reforms that would protect the general public from unending cycles of boom, bust, and bailout.
-Neil Barofsky, author of Bailout
Bankers have sold us a story that their risky practices are the necessary cost of a dynamic system. Admati and Hellwig expose this as a misguided and dangerous lie, and show how banks can be made more stable–if less profitable for the bankers themselves–without sacrificing economic growth. This brilliant book demystifies banking for everyone and explains what is really going on. Investors, policymakers, and all citizens owe it to themselves to listen.
-Simon Johnson, coauthor of 13 Bankers
A clearheaded antidote to the ill-advised snap reactions to the financial crisis, The Bankers’ New Clothes carefully counteracts arguments that the banking system is now more secure. With direct and rigorous analysis, Admati and Hellwig lay bare the ongoing misinformation about modern banks, and show what remains wrong with banking. This book is the voice shouting that the bankers are still not wearing any clothes. We should listen.
-Frank Partnoy, author of Infectious Greed
I like this book. The Bankers’ New Clothes explains in plain language why banking reform is still incomplete, contrary to what lobbyists, politicians, and even some regulators tell us.
-Paul Volcker, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Full chapter after the jump . . .
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
“Jonah Berger is as creative and thoughtful as he is spunky and playful. Looking at his research, much like studying a masterpiece in a museum, provides the observer with new insights about life and also makes one aware of the creator’s ingenuity and creativity. It is hard to come up with a better example of using social science to illuminate the ordinary and extraordinary in our daily lives.” -Dan Ariely, James B. Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and bestselling author of Predictably Irrational.
“Why do some ideas seemingly spread overnight, while others disappear? How can some products become ubiquitous, while others never gain traction? Jonah Berger knows the answers, and, with Contagious, now we do, too.” -Charles Duhigg, author of the bestselling The Power of Habit
“Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go viral’ than anyone in the world.” -Daniel Gilbert, Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of Stumbling on Happiness
“A provocative shift in focus from the technology of online transmission to the human element and a bold claim to explain ‘how word of mouth and social influence work . . . [to] make any product or idea contagious.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Think of it as the practical companion to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.” -Tasha Eichenseher Discover
“Contagious contains arresting — and counterintuitive — facts and insights. . . . Most interesting of all are the examples Berger cites of successful and unsuccessful marketing campaigns.” -Glenn C. Altschuler The Boston Globe
“An infectious treatise on viral marketing. . . . Berger writes in a sprightly, charming style that deftly delineates the intersection of cognitive psychology and social behavior with an eye toward helping businesspeople and others spread their messages. The result is a useful and entertaining primer that diagnoses countless baffling pop culture epidemics.” -Publishers Weekly
video after the jump
The ‘Big Data’ Revolution: How Number Crunchers Can Predict Our Lives Reviews: “Every decade, there are a handful of books that change the way you look at everything. This is one of those books. Society has begun to reckon the change that big data will bring. This book is an incredibly important start.” —Lawrence Lessig,…Read More
Click to enlarge 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…Read More