Psychology (and its simpler cousin Pop Psych) Nudge – on decision making 59 Seconds The Power of Habit Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs/etc.: The Snowball by Alice Schroeder – this is the complete story of Warren Buffett’s life. Tap Dancing to Work by Carol Loomis – the latest Giant Warren Buffett book.
Rather than a story of his life, this one is more a collection of Fortune magazine stories about him and things he has written.
It brings both advantages and disadvantages to society, and it’s useful to know the difference.
I expected this book to be just a values-based smackdown of how sucky we’ve all become, but luckily it was not, and instead it taught me some new things about the debt and financial industry.I especially like how they sneak lessons on classic economic principles into stories about current world markets.Economics Explained – see book review This book’s claim to fame is that it uses absolutely no graphs or numbers when explaining economics. Charles Wheelan is a regular writer for The Economist magazine, which I really like.It argues compellingly that everything is not only going to be OK in the future, it is surely going to be Fucking Great. But the brilliant author is also pretty gung-ho on factory farming and fossil fuels, and while I fully agree with his reasoning, I think he understates the downside of cheerful fossil fuel reliance and overstates the cost (and the trade-boosting benefits of developing) more renewable energy. Unexpected side effects occur which enrich the poorest countries rapidly, the ones with the worst environmental standards!It’s a nuanced point to debate, but let’s put it this way: Ridley is perfectly happy to have us all buying whatever we want – trucks for personal transportation, 1000 gallons of gas per person per year, etc. But yet why not apply the same logic to using our great productivity to develop renewable energy – by creating voluntary consumer demand for renewable energy as a desirable luxury product?