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Summer 2020 Reading List

Summer is in session, but it’s not the one we’re used to! Take advantage of the slower pace this summer with a great book. The books reviewed here will provide entertainment and education. No harm in having your cake and eating it too! If you think we missed an important “can’t miss read,” be sure to leave us a comment so everyone can benefit from your insight!

Your First Million: The 24 Things That Helped Me Achieve a $1 Million Net Worth by Age 30

By Joseph Chantry

The author of this book pushes the idea that achieving this huge monetary success is possible for anyone. “I am just a regular ‘middle class’ guy with a job, kids, and a mortgage, just like the next person.” No matter the background or circumstance that surrounds you, taking these steps can be the first big steps towards a financially worry-free future.

The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

By Scott Patterson

Following four of the richest men in the world in 2006, this story details how their newest and greatest technology lead to the biggest economic disaster of their time. “The Quants tells the inside story of what they thought and felt in the days and weeks when they helplessly watched much of their net worth vaporize–and wondered just how their mind-bending formulas and genius-level IQ’s had led them so wrong, so fast.”

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

This instant classic delves into the 2008 economic crisis. If you want to understand every facet of the 2008 economic meltdown in plain English, this is the book for you. “’The Big Short’ is on the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts.” The author allows for the reader to get an inside look into everything that went wrong.

Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream

By Aaron Glantz

The author takes us on an investigative look inside how the housing crisis from the market collapse were taken advantage of by the corporate billionaires behind the scenes. “The result is an eye-opening expose of the greed that decimated millions and enriched a gluttonous few.” This page-turner digs into those in power today – including Donald Trump.

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

By Tim Ferriss

“Whether you want to 10x your results, get unstuck, or reinvent yourself, someone else has traveled a similar path and taken notes.” Mr. Ferriss delves into those questions people often ask when they want to change their lives. “How could I best reassess my priorities and my purpose in this world? Were my goals my own, or simply what I thought I should want?” This book allows you to gain insight into some of the most successful people in the world and how they tackled these same issues and much more.

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