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Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself
Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself
by Sheila Bair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.90

3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, with some needless revenge..., 15 Aug 2013
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For an european like me, I am interested in facts and opinions, not is low politics.
The book have very interesting insights on the financial crisis, written from the inside. However, there is a strong goal of revenge against T. Geithner that is very annoying.


The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It
The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It
by Anat Admati
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read (but very carefully!) if you have interest in banking., 15 Aug 2013
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In my view, this is an 80% correct book. It has some very questionable statements (like "more equity has no cost to society", or that Basel II internal models are to blame for the crisis - Basel II was implemented at year-end 2007 and the internal models only a couple of years later). But this book make us think!
The first chapters seem like "debt for dummies" (the notes, very inconveniently placed at the end of the book, are much better!). However, when the authors enter into questioning regulations, the book becomes very interesting. A must read!
I do not agree with most of the conclusions, but it is a pleasure reading the book: I have to rate it with 5 stars.


Models. Behaving. Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life
Models. Behaving. Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life
by Emanuel Derman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.65

2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 11 Aug 2013
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You would expect from a "quant" a completely different book. The first chapters are bad philosophy. The last chapter is "baby finance". A waste of time.


Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
by Gillian Tett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting trip to the world of credit derivatives., 11 Aug 2013
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Very interesting trip to the world of credit derivatives. The author is not a PhD on Finance, however she can explain a very complicated theme is a simple yet technically correct way.


FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by Susan Prosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: 30.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tutorial., 21 Feb 2013
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This book is a tutorial. It is hardly a reference book. He concepts and tools are explained only by an example, giving you no clue how to deep further. Hopefully, you will develop the sense on how to master this software.
In my own experience, I went from a total stranger to Filemaker to a reasonable user in a couple of weeks, so it delivered value.


Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance
Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance
by McKinsey & Company Inc.
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Short and directly clear., 21 Feb 2013
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The book can be read waiting for the next flight. It is quite short and direct. Very clear.
A good compnion for the "Valuation" book.


The Digital Photography Book: Part 4
The Digital Photography Book: Part 4
by Scott Kelby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars After books 1, 2 and 3, tips are less and less valuable, 17 Aug 2012
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For me, book 2 of the set is the best: after some introductory material, the author wrote the best set of tips in that book. After that, book 3 is for the second best set of tips. And this fourth book seems like "leftovers": tips that were not good enough for the previous books. It is not useless, but it is one notch below the quality of the others.


Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set: v. 1, 2 & 3
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set: v. 1, 2 & 3
by Scott Kelby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 31.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Light reading with some very good tips, 17 Aug 2012
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Scott is always an entertainment reading, however, we can find some very good pro tips. It is not a set of "why" books, just "how to" books. But that is good: at least it is straight to the point. Recommended.


The Theory of Corporate Finance
The Theory of Corporate Finance
by Jean Tirole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 43.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good at explaining corporate finance models, 8 April 2012
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A must-have book for someone really interested in learning Corporate Finance. It draw conclusions on models on asymmetric information, moral hazard, adverse selection, verification and auditing. It should be read after some other book on the building blocks of Corporate Finance, like Brealey & Myers's "Principles of Corporate Finance" or Amaro de Matos's "Theoretical Foundations of Corporate Finance".


Outdoor Glamour Photography: The Complete Digital Guide to Taking Successful Outdoor Glamour Photographs
Outdoor Glamour Photography: The Complete Digital Guide to Taking Successful Outdoor Glamour Photographs
by Bill Lemon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.92

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the photos, not for the learning, 8 April 2012
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This is a book of outstanding outdoor glamour photos. It is not a guide, even less "the complete guide". The book has less than half a dozen tips!
If you want to learn something, buy some other book.


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