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What I Read in Q1’22

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Each quarter, I post a quick run-down of books I’ve read during the quarter. Please note that all links are Amazon affiliate links that may pay to me a very modest commission that I will promptly use to buy more books to read. Basically just helps spin the flywheel.

  • This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race WINNER of the 2021 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. “Written in the hot, propulsive prose of a spy thriller” (The New York Times), the untold story of the cyberweapons market―the most secretive, government-backed market on earth―and a terrifying first look at a new kind of global warfare.
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
  • From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life. Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs. What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success?
  • 100 to 1 in the Stock Market: A Distinguished Security Analyst Tells How to Make More of Your Investment Opportunities. This book was awesome. Originally published in the 1970s and then out of print, but now back, it is a fantastic look at how the market works. Some of the most clear analysis and explanation of the opportunities and pitfalls of growth equity investing. “In 100 to 1 in the Stock Market, Thomas Phelps discloses the secrets and strategies to increasing your wealth one hundredfold through buy-and-hold investing. Unlike the short-term trading trends that are popular today, Phelps’s highly logical, yet radical approach focuses on identifying compounding machines in public markets, buying their stocks, and holding these investments long term for at least ten years.”
  • Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth. Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts?
  • The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal. I really wrestle with this book. The first 50-70 pages are some of the most enjoyable writing I’ve read ever – he’s a tremendous author. Ultimately though, I lost interest in the plot line about halfway through…
    “Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots―which are then sold, collected, and handed on―he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive. And so begins The Hare with Amber Eyes, this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations.”
  • $100M Offers: How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No. This was a great look at how organizations can develop compelling consumer value propositions
  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes. Named one of the fifty most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life. Transitions takes readers step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any transition, explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. The book offers an elegant, simple, yet profoundly insightful roadmap to navigate change and move into a hopeful future
  • Business Storytelling from Hype to Hack: How Do Stories Work? Unlock the Software of the Mind. An insightful, quick read about how stories really are the most effective medium to convey a message
  • The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits. Despite the gimmicky title, there was a lot of thoughtful content in this.

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