Here’s a list of books I either read recently, I’m currently reading, or I’d love to read this summer. I’d be interested in hearing your favorite picks as well.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – There are tons of books out by now on the housing crash, Wall Street crash and such, but this is by far the most entertaining and engaging that I’ve come across. Written by Michael Lewis, the author of Liar’s Poker and several others, he takes us through some extremely intense and colorful characters ranging from the autistic savant that figured out how to short housing derivatives to the slimeballs that peddled junk and profited along the way knowing it would surely crash eventually. It was a real engaging read, quite hilarious at times given the eccentric nature of some of these characters.
I recommend it over just watching the likes of Too Big to Fail on HBO (which was good as well, but doesn’t compare to this) or Wall Street 2 which was quite boring.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon– This is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read. True story by the way.
The cool part is there’s a movie in the works already and I heard a rumor it might be Brad Pitt for all the ladies…but anyway, it’s cool to read a book before the movie and then, if you’re like me, you’ll point out all the discrepancies and what you would have done differently. Occasionally, they get it right.
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.) – Of course Darwin has an evolutionary/anthropology-type book in the collection. This book by the famous Jared Diamond who wrote one of my favorite books Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies outlines some pretty incredible comparisons across various creatures and compares how we got to be…human.
If you’re the ultra-religious type and were brainwashed at an early age that “evolution is just a theory” and millions of species of all sorts of creatures just appeared on Earth one day in the blink of an eye, dinosaurs never existed, etc., it would be worth your while to at least read this one and broaden your knowledge. You’ll find that we’re all related and some very obvious and clear paths of evolution that got us where we are. It’s tough to argue with the facts after reading this!
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions – Great coffee table book – your friends and family will laugh out loud reading some of the excerpts which are pretty much 1 page each.
Contrary to your initial reaction, no, it’s not a racist book; it’s a really funny take on the goofy stuff white people do to try to be hip, try to “look” like they’re accepting of other races and religions, and so on.
Examples include 1) how white people just LOVE coffee and always talk about how they’re “Jones’n for a coffee, etc.” , 2) white Christians who wanna seem cool, taking on a religion they weren’t born into like mystical Judaism and Hindu, etc., 3) film festivals (so trendy), 4) Barrack Obama (this one was funny, a bit dated but remember the euphoria of the hip crowd?) and more.
It’s funny – and soooooo true!!!!
As far as what I’d like to read next, I’m thinking about a good inspirational/educational business book or personal finance book. I could also use a unique fiction book here and there. I’d love to hear your suggestions.
What’s on Your List?