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Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By The Banker | Book Reviews

One version of a business book – the kind I don’t recommend – consists of a series of Powerpoint-ready bromides matched to business anecdotes and sports analogies about achieving success, explaining the keys to the author’s path. The author did well, here’s the path, so you should try it as well. A better version of […]

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

I judged this book by the arresting title Dark Age Ahead, and decided that – in my current frame of mind – I had to read it.1 Jane Jacobs wrote this is 2004, and the book has a bit of the feel of a time capsule – as her current events examples stem from 2001 to 2002. Jacobs’ strength […]

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Republic by Plutarch

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Republic by Plutarch

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Why shouldn’t I review a book written 2,000 years ago? I can’t say reading Plutarch for the first time gave me a definitive roadmap for how a republic turns to dictatorship, but a few themes are suggestive, such as the aggregation of wealth by the would-be dictators, and the constant military campaigns. Each of the leaders either […]

Napoleon Hill - The Ultimate Con-Artist

Napoleon Hill – The Ultimate Con-Artist

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Personal Finance

I read with great interest this long piece by Matt Novak on the back-story of Napoleon Hill, a man who gets credit as the father of the self-help genre. When I started doing financial book reviews, a number of people (and lists) recommended Hill’s 1937 classic, Think and Grow Rich. I  reviewed his book, and while much of […]

Book Review: Rome In The Late Republic, by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford

Book Review: Rome In The Late Republic, by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

Just some light reading in the final weekend before the US Presidential election. I checked Rome In The Late Republic by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford out of the library in an obvious despair-at-the-fall-of-the-West kind of mood. The first thing I learned is that the specific years of the “Late Republic” are in dispute and might span […]