Summer is a great time to get away from the business world. Although taking a vacation during a pandemic can involve overcoming a number of issues, it is always possible to take a virtual vacation through the pages of a great book. The mini-reviews in this article cover a range of topics, most unrelated to the business world, and hopefully a few of them will spark an interest this summer.
Robert Moses came of age at the dawn of the twentieth century and shaped the New York metropolitan region in ways that continue to have profound impacts on the lives of its inhabitants to this day. As his biographer points out, it is impossible to say that New York would have evolved into a better city if Robert Moses never lived. But it is possible to say that New York would be a very different city.
In The Joys of Compounding, Gautam Baid does an excellent job of taking several steps back from financial analysis and relating how his life story shaped who he is as an investor, how seeking a broad-based education and the “worldly wisdom” that comes from it formed his intellectual foundation, and describing how this has translated into financial independence.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor E. Frankl World War II is
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” — Socrates The twentieth century was one of the most momentous in human history. Technology altered every sphere of politics, business, and day-to-day life to the point where the lifestyle of