By Bilal Hafeez 17-12-2020

Book Recommendations Of The Year

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We’ve had many great guests on our podcast show this year, and fascinating discussing on a whole range of topics. I always like to get personal with my guests, and one area I find particularly revealing is book recommendations. So I’ve compiled a list of our best book recommendations for you to enjoy.

Below you will find a diverse selection of topics, ranging from monetary policy & economics, portfolio management & trading and inspirational classics and autobiographies.

I hope you enjoy it.


Books Written by Our Guests

Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today by Saeed Amen. Available here.

Boom and Bust Banking: The Causes and Cures of the Great Recession by David Beckworth. Available here.

The Golden Revolution: How to Prepare for the Coming Global Gold Standard by John Butler. Available here.

The Book of Alternative Data: A Guide for Investors, Traders and Risk Managers by Alexander Denev and Saeed Amen. Available here.

Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit by Alex Edmans. Available here.

American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century by Gary Gerstle. Available here.

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present by Gary Gerstle. Available here.

The Next Perfect Trade: A Magic Sword of Necessity by Alex Gurevich. Available here.

Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism by Paul Colier and John Kay. Available here.

Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay. Available here.

Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making Beyond Numbers by John Kay and Lord Mervyn King. Available here.

Balancing Power without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions by Ashley Lenihan. Available here.

Trade Wars are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace by Matthew Klein and Michael Pettis. Available here.

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind by Raghuram Raja. Available here.

Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China by Stephen Roach. Available here.

Trading Fixed Income and FX in Emerging Markets: A Practitioner’s Guide by Dirk Willer. Available here.

Recommendations From Our Guests

Portfolio Management & Trading

Picking Winners: A Horseplayer’s Guide by Andrew Beyer. Available here.

Active Portfolio Management: A Quantitative Approach for Producing Superior Returns and Controlling Risk by Richard Grinold and Ronald Kahn. Available here.

Hedge Fund Market Wizards: How Winning Traders Win by Jack Schwager. Available here.

Fooled by Randomness: A Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Taleb. Available here.

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner. Available here.

Monetary Policy

Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country by William Greider. Available here.

Less Than Zero: The Case for a Falling Price Level in a Growing Economy by George Selgin. Available here.

Economics & Finance

The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition by Jonathan Tepper and Denise Hearn. Available here.

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel. Available here.

Big Debt Crises Ray Dalio. Available here.

The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze. Available here.

Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939 by Barry Eichengreen. Available here.

Jumping the Abyss: Marriner S. Eccles and the New Deal 1933-1940 by Mark Nelson. Available here.

Red-Blooded Risk: The History of Wall Street by Aaron Brown. Available here.

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton. Available here.

Society & Productivity

Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher. Available here.

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. Available here.

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich. Available here.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande. Available here.

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton. Available here.

Classics & Memoirs

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Available here.

The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth. Available here.

The Histories by Herodotus. Available here.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Available here.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer. Available here.






Bilal Hafeez is the CEO and Editor of Macro Hive. He spent over twenty years doing research at big banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and Nomura, where he had various “Global Head” roles and did FX, rates and cross-markets research.

(The commentary contained in the above article does not constitute an offer or a solicitation, or a recommendation to implement or liquidate an investment or to carry out any other transaction. It should not be used as a basis for any investment decision or other decision. Any investment decision should be based on appropriate professional advice specific to your needs.)


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