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Book Review - Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

Book Review – Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

Luca Pesaro’s Zero Alternative is a Dan Brown-style thriller, with a ruthless conspiracy of high-financiers chasing an ultra-effective prediction algorithm, a foreign-legion enforcer with a sadistic bent, a nihilistic hacker group, the chain-smoking derivatives-trading hero hoping to walk away from high finance after one last big trade, and a hot stripper who may or may [&hellip

Book Review: The Green And The Black by Gary Sernovitz

Book Review: The Green And The Black by Gary Sernovitz

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

I’m always on the lookout for people who can hold diametrically opposed views in their head simultaneously. Is that why I enjoy Claire Danes in Homeland so much?[1] Gary Sernovitz, the author of The Green and the Black, brings the perfect profile for diametrically opposed thoughts about the fracking boom, which is probably what we [&hellip

Book Review: The Market Wonders by Susan Briante

Book Review: The Market Wonders by Susan Briante

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

I met Susan Briante at a poetry reading recently. It was her reading, from her book of poems The Market Wonders, in particular. I had a sense that I could learn quite a bit from talking with her. A poetry book about The Dow, and market values, and human values? How could I resist reading and [&hellip

Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Julie, the privileged white woman of Johannesburg and Abdu, the illegal immigrant at the car repair garage, come together, improbably, in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup. Each may benefit from the other to fulfill their most urgent quest. Julie has already eschewed the comforts of her father’s world in The Suburbs. She probably already suspects, unconsciously, that the pretensions of her young [&hellip

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

Gerd Gigerenzer wrote Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions in the spirit of Nate Silver’s The Signal and The Noise, and Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. These latter books propose a “How To Think” while also proposing that people should be taught to think differently, and stop making epistemological errors. Distinct from The Signal [&hellip