Paul Kedrosky, in his own words, is “an investor, speaker, writer, media guy, and entrepreneur. In his spare time he is a dangerous Twitterer, analyst for CNBC television, and the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the most popular financial blogs available over the Interweb… Dr. Kedrosky has a Ph.D. in the economics of technology (which he mostly uses when bluffing outside of poker), a master’s degree in finance (which he mostly uses when bluffing in poker), and an undergraduate degree in engineering (which a professor once said he would take away, if he had the means).”
He likes poker and is quite a smart-ass to go with being pretty smart. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s almost always worth reading.
This summer I’m re-reading The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (I have a version in Italian that was a gift from a KPMG Milan partner if anyone wants to borrow it), Division Street by Studs Terkel and maybe picking up one or two of the new novels by The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers.
I’m also trying to write a few short stories of my own.
I strongly support artists, dreamers and cranky contrarians.
By Paul Kedrosky · Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Just for fun, I asked on the Twitter today what people thought was the best book they had read so far of 2010. Here are some responses – perhaps a few ideas for your summer reading. Sorry for no links, but linking all of these titles to Amazon was more work than I could do. [fm: I’ve added the links. Grammar and punctuation is Twitter-style.]
- The drunkard’s walk by mlodinow, not written in 2010, but personally a good history of probability
- Fordlandia [fm: There’s a novel by this name, too.]
- I thought TBTF was pretty epic, gotta hand it to him.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
- best book is “The Disappeared” a novel by Kim Echlin
- I re-read Oliver Sacks “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” and it was just as amazing the second time
- “A Man Called Intrepid” by William Stevenson. The story of the head of British Intelligence before and during WWII
- in spirit of season, Brilliant Orange, Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, also lords of finance at your reco
- re best book in 2010: Fool by Christopher Moore
- Too Big to Fail by Andrew Sorkin; The Big Short by Michael Lewis; 13 bankers by Simon Johnson “Linchpin” by @sethgodins. great book
- #ThePassage by Justin Cronin @jccronin. The book is the lovechild of Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King. #2010Best
- Spiders of Allah
- The Black Swan. It enlightened me to the other side of the coin.
- I really enjoyed Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational.
- Zeitoun A History of Europe, by F Schevill, 1938 edition.
- Switch, Heath Bros.
- The Predictioneer`s Game / Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
- Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland – what a long strange trip it was, ’64-72.
- The Big Short by Michael Lewis
- The Lightness of Being by Wilczek followed by Global Catastrophes and Trends by Smil
- netherland by joseph O’Neill (it was published in 2008 but I read it last week)
- Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick Wall
- The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
- ZEITOUN by Dave Eggers.
- Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson. For soccer wonks and anglophiles only!
- The Facebook Effect
- ”Young men and fire” Norman MacLean