Felix Salmon

Holiday book giveaway

By Felix Salmon
December 16, 2009

Many thanks to Abnormal Returns for inspiring me to give away the large pile of books that has slowly been accumulating on my desk over the past year. Some are galleys, some are duplicates, some I’ve started reading but know I’ll never finish; all of them will have much better homes elsewhere. So If you want one of these books, just send an email with your mailing address to salmonbooks@gmail.com and I’ll cross it off the list. Happy holidays!

John Lanchester: I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay
Mia de Kuijper: Profit Power Economics: A New Competitive Strategy for Creating Sustainable Wealth
Janet Tavakoli: Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles From Wall Street
Keith Fitz-Gerald: Fiscal Hangover: How to Profit From The New Global Economy
Josh Kosman: The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis
Zachary Karabell: Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends on It
Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars
Moshe Adler: Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal
Charles Geisst: Collateral Damaged: The Marketing of Consumer Debt to America
Raj Patel: The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
Lawrence McDonald: A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
Matthew Bishop and Michael Green: The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top
Elisabeth Rhyne: Microfinance for Bankers and Investors: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of the Market at the Bottom of the Pyramid
Colleen DeBaise: The Wall Street Journal. Complete Small Business Guidebook
Daniel Pink: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis: The Elements of Investing
John Bogle: Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition
Nicole Gelinas: After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington
Edward Hess: Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth
William Bowen, Matthew Chingos, and Michael McPherson: Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities
Peter Leeson: The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates
Robert Frank: The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times
Kate Kelly: Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street
Anthony Saliba: Option Strategies for Directionless Markets: Trading with Butterflies, Iron Butterflies, and Condors, and Option Spread Strategies: Trading Up, Down, and Sideways Markets (let’s call this one a bundle)
Liaquat Ahamed: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Paul Polak: Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
George Akerlof and Robert Shiller: Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat: The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing
Adam Penenberg: Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves
Charles Gasparino: The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System
David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer, and Cindy Spitzer: Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
Matthew Bishop and Michael Green: Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World
Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot: The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life
Jon Jeter: Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People
Asif Dowla and Dipal Barua: The Poor Always Pay Back: The Grameen II Story

And I have one DVD, too: The Chicago Sessions: Law and Ethics of the Credit Crisis, with Martha Nussbaum. You can watch it on YouTube, but maybe you want the DVD instead?

Update: Man, you guys really go for Akerlof & Shiller and Liaquat Ahamed!

Update 2: And the options books seem popular too. Who knew?

Update 3: All gone. Thanks for your emails!

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Dibs on Lords of Finance.

Need to figure out where to receive it though; the cheeto-strewn floor of my mom’s basement doesn’t seem proper.

Posted by Uncle_Billy | Report as abusive

I heartily agree with giving books away. I year ago when I started law school I gave away about 130 books, I think. Otherwise they would have stayed on my bookshelf untouched until I died and then they would either have been destroyed or auctioned off to a real estate agent who would use them to decorate houses for sale.

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