A nonfiction dual timeline story charting the exploits HH Holmes & Daniel H Burnham. The former is a serial killer while the latter is the chief architect of the 1893 worlds fair. This is a nonfiction but feels like fiction at times, you’ll want to read it before the film produced (and maybe starring) Leo DeCaprio comes out.
I need to read more fiction tbh. As someone interested in business/entrepreneurship, I read Zero to One - Peter Thiel.
It’s a pretty well-known book with insights on startups and business. I learned a few new ideas, the concepts of different types of monopolies and the benefits of them. Advice for working with teams and just general anecdotes from his experiences. I apply some of the insights to my own work and discuss them with people I know.
If anyone can recommend a similar but different enough type of book, I’d be interested. Someone bought me Principles by Ray Dalio and I’ve read a bit of that.
I have read some trashy Swedish crime novels this year which don’t deserve mentioning, BUT two more serious reads to recommend:
David Graeber - Debt: The First 5000 Years
The name summarises what it’s about pretty well.
2021 Favourite: Liaquat Ahmed - Lords of Finance
Great colour on central banking before and after the First World War, how a hard/gold-backed currency is not a panacea for the problems of fiat and explores the central bankers of the time as individuals. Highly recommended.
For anyone trying to get a read on Finland, try Tuntematon Soitilas (The Unknown Soldier) by Väinö Linna. You can also watch it on Netflix if you use a VPN - though unfortunately only with Finnish or Swedish subtitles…
The book has been translated, e.g.:
You could also pick up a copy of the Kalevala, but I’ve not made it through that yet…
Finally, a book about how inflation is coming for my portfolio: