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Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (36 of 37)


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Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Fron&hellip by Tadas Viskanta
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid work, 20 May 2013
I came to this book through David Merkel's blog (his review figures on amazon.com). In my opinion the book's title is misleading as it is more about investing principles than about strategies (don't expect ready to use investment recipes) but, even so, it is quite good in the sense that the author cuts through the hype and the urban legend to get to the fundamentals of the matter: The author first looks into the risk and return concepts before going through the main asset classes one can invest in. For each of these asset classes pros and cons are covered from the retail investor perspective. Finally the reader is taken through chapters on behavioral economics and media usage. All chapters… Read more
Coders at Work by P Seibel
Coders at Work by P Seibel
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book is literally the transcription of 15 interviews, do not expect more than that. Interviewed are fifteen programmers who have left a visible imprint on the world of programming as it stands now. The author reminds us in a short introduction that the field of computer programming is only 70 years old and a large part of the programmers he interviews started in the field punching cards roughly 40 years ago. The author asks similar questions to all his interlocutors enabling the reader to draw comparison on some topics such as: How do you proceed when you write new code? How do you debug code? How do you approach other coders programs? What do you look for when hiring programmers? How… Read more
The Effective Executive (Classic Drucker Collectio&hellip by Peter Drucker
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some books, while brief, offer deep insights. This is such a book. Written in 1967, the examples the author draws on feel old and, on my first reading, I did not find the author's style particularly pleasant or easy to follow. The book's material however is as relevant now -if not more so- as when it was first published. It is important not to be distracted by the term "executive" in the title: Mr. Drucker writes about the need for effective "knowledge workers" inside an -any type of- organisation, not just the people at the top, as could be implied by the term executive, but those who are "responsible for actions and decisions which are meant to contribute to the performance capacity of… Read more