Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Book Review: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

Book Review: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By The Banker | Book Reviews

We are inundated all day by opinions of friends, family members, frenemies, colleagues, bosses, television commentators, newspaper columnists, radio hosts, political leaders, and ex-banker bloggers all making more or less ridiculous arguments in favor of their worldview. We may frequently sense that they’re wrong, but we can’t quite put our finger on the flaw in [&hellip

Book Review: Cities And The Wealth Of Nations by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Cities And The Wealth Of Nations by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Jane Jacobs begins her Cities And The Wealth Of Nations with a fundamental critique of mainstream economics.  Cities – and not nations – she argues, are the fundamental wealth producers, and therefore cities – and not nations – should be the basic unit of analysis for economics and finance. From this critique flow original ideas [&hellip

Plutocrats Video - TED talk by Chrystia Freeland

Plutocrats Video – TED talk by Chrystia Freeland

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Book Reviews, Video

Inequality – in particular the growth of the super-rich – is a topic that should be better understood than it is. Earlier in the year I reviewed the interesting book Plutocrats – The Rise of the New Global Super Rich by Chrystia Freeland. If you prefer your knowledge in 15 minute video form rather than [&hellip

Book Review: The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley

Book Review: The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley did not win the acclaim of its predecessor The Millionaire Next Door, but I consider it an equally valuable resource for personal financial education. As with The Millionaire Next Door, which I reviewed earlier, Stanley conducts a type of ethnographic study of multi-millionaires, surveying them on attitudes, life [&hellip

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

In Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences  John Allen Paulos launches himself against the tide of mathematical illiteracy both as a polemicist and as a teacher.  His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics.  I enjoyed the book, and some [&hellip