Liron's 2016 Top Five Books
Updated: Jan 7, 2020
The following is a list of books I loved most in 2016 and hope you will enjoy too.
The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and the Gospel of Wealth
I first got to “know” Carnegie this year after reading about his contemporaries (J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller etc.). I believe that he is by far leading the pack.
I cannot recommend enough to try and read everything he wrote (The Empire of Business is another great read).
Common Stocks & Common Sense, Edgar Wachenheim III
Probably the least known super-investor. Generated a phenomenal multi-decade track record by investing in high quality, cheap businesses. The book is filled with real-life, contemporary examples that allow a glimpse into this great investor's mind.
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
From a humble beginning came one of the greatest minds of modern history. An original thinker, that rejected the contemporary popular wisdom. A highly recommended book to learn about the person and the era.
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
A great book about forecasting including interesting information on how it is done in major civilian and government bodies. The book helped me find flaws in my system and I believe it can help anyone. Few are the people that do not use predictions as part of their work, knowingly or unknowingly.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
A fantastic biography of Lincoln focusing on the cabinet he put together – a team of former rivals gathered solely based on merit (rather than based on their level of acquaintance with Lincoln or their political affiliation). They not only provided a diverse viewpoint, but also counterbalanced each other.
In modern times, we saw President Obama appoints rival Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and President Elect Trump elects Dr. Ben Carson to lead HUD.