If you liked Nassim Taleb's books - Antifragile, Black Swan etc - then you'll love Mandelbrot's Misbehaviour of Markets. Benoit Mandelbrot is one of the greatest mathematicians of our time. Most renowned for his work on fractals (including the famous Mandelbrot set), he applies a complexity science lens to financial markets. As with most transdisciplinary [...]
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It, Chris Voss, 2016 (Amazon US; Amazon Australia) Snapshot A former FBI hostage negotiator shares his field-tested negotiation tips. Definitely one of my top-10 all-time favourite books. Unlike many other self-help books that drag on and fluff around the key points, this one gets [...]
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics, Tim Marshall, 2015 (Amazon US;Amazon Australia) Snapshot Explores the geographical dimension in geopolitics, putting key historical events into context. While geopolitics can quickly become complex, there are certainly recurring themes: access to water transport routes, natural resources etc. Familiarity [...]
Keeping with yearly tradition (2019, 2018), here are my key take-aways for every book I read in 2020. The point of being rich is to be able to do interesting things, rather than own enviable things. Deeply rooted economic ideologies are difficult to dislodge even with compelling data. Human inquiry into the ultimate [...]
Commentary on every book I read in the quarter, covering: why I chose to read it, some insights and quotes, and review. Not intended to be a summary. Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker (2017) It's a truism to say sleep is important - along with nutrition, stress management, and exercise. Yet I still found [...]
Reading is one of those activities that I can't get enough of. Over the past 3 years, I've averaged about 50 books a year. (See single sentence summaries for every book I read in each year: 2020, 2019, 2018.) But it wasn't always like this. Actually, for as long as I can remember, I hated [...]
More like key take-aways than summaries. Throughout history people have wanted similar things (freedom, security etc) – the challenge is finding the right balance for the right place at the right time. While riddled with its unique regional challenges, business opportunities in Africa are underrated. Human behaviour is incredibly complex: much of [...]
With too many books out there, and too little time, I thought it'd be helpful to share my 2018 reading as single sentence summaries. Of course, reducing someone's life work in such a manner risks misrepresentation. So take these summaries more as the key takeaways I got from each. Hopefully this helps you discover which are of interest to you.