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Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
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I first heard it in Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis, 1989.
Another good book I've read recently is Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis. I thought it was a good look into Wall Street and it's culture and how 'the system' is still susceptible to human judgment and misjudgment.
Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis http://www.amazon.com/Liars-Poker-Rising-Through-Wreckage/dp...
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan http://www.amazon.com/Defense-Food-Eaters-Manifesto/dp/01431...
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management - Roger Lowenstein http://www.amazon.com/When-Genius-Failed-Long-Term-Managemen...
I would be more inclined to do this if the book is non-technical. When you commit to reading a technical book, you're committing yourself to more than just the time spent reading: you're committing yourself to the time spent applying and fully understanding what you read -- installing tools, tinkering with syntax, coding, and so on. I've got enough of that now.
With non-technical books (literature, history, quality-of-life), most of the time will be invested into actual reading, with a bit of pondering and maybe discussing. We can have a conversation right away, and there's still knowledge and insight to be gained.
Here are some non-technical books I'd like to read:
* How to Read a Book - http://amazon.com/dp/0671212095
* Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - http://amazon.com/dp/006124189X
* Liar's Poker - http://amazon.com/dp/0140143459
* Growing a Business - http://amazon.com/dp/0671671642
⬐ gruseomThose last three are great suggestions (I don't know #1). #2 is a classic, but I've read it a couple of times. #3 I've been meaning to read for years. #4 I'm actually in the middle of right now (I think because tptacek recommended it here) and unlike the vast majority of business books, it's superb. It's also older (pre-internet) which is actually a good thing as it focuses one's attention on fundamentals.⬐ Herring"When you commit to reading a technical book, you're committing yourself to more than just the time spent reading: ..."
I wish more hackers took that attitude towards science books. Can't really get much out of a pop-physics book without solving problems.
If you're interested in that period on Wall Street (i.e., when debt-backed securities came into vogue), Michael Lewis wrote an interesting book about it: http://www.amazon.com/Liars-Poker-Rising-Through-Wreckage/dp...