Best Books I Read during Quarantine

Summaries, key takeaways and reviews of the best books I read during quarantine.

Originally a twitter thread.

Summaries, key takeaways and reviews of the best books I read during quarantine

A thread:

Full notes here:


Chaos Monkeys by @antoniogm 

The experiences of someone who had front row seat to the 3 most important institutions in modern capitalism

– Wall Street (Trader at Goldman Sachs)
– Startups (founder at Ycombinator company)
– Tech (Product Manager at Facebook)


The Attention Merchants Book Notes: The history and business of trading Human Attention

The history and business of trading Human Attention

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu is about the history and business of how people trade human attention. Human attention is arguably the most precious commodity in modern history, so this book studies the different ways this valuable asset has been acquired and used over the years.


The Greatest Trade Ever Book Notes: The Investors of the 2008 Financial Crisis

  • The Greatest Trade Ever is about the 2007/2008 financial crisis and how some people who made money, when everyone else was losing money
  • As I write this we are in the middle of Covid, so these notes are to see if you can take lessons learned from 2008 financial crisis and apply it to 2020 Covid’s financial impact
  • Rereading my notes from this book, I am further convinced that 2008 financial crisis and Covid 19 are different in very subtle ways and one should not draw too many conclusions.
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    Best Books I Read in 2019

    One of the less-talked about benefits of reading is being able to “humble brag” about all the books you’ve read.

    On a completely unrelated note, here are the best Books I read in 2019.

    If one of your goals is to read more in the new year, you should start with these books.


    Lebron Inc: Book Notes

    Lebron Inc. by Brian Windhorst is about how Lebron has built his business empire from his Freshman year in St. Vincent St. Mary’s in Akron in 2001 (tk verify Lebron high school freshman year) to his new team Los Angeles Lakers in 2019.


    Dataclysm: Book Notes

    Dataclysm is a book by Christian Ruder, the founder of OkCupid, a dating site. The book is about the site’s data can tell us about relationships and human behaviour. If you are interested in learning more about dating habits in society and more broadly, what people say they like versus what they actually like, I would recommend you read this book.


    How to be a Capitalist without Any Capital by Nathan Latka: Book Notes

    How to be a Capitalist without Any Capital by Nathan Latka is a book about how to start building wealth when you don’t have any money.

    Very tactical and highly actionable, though I occasionally got a bit of salesy, used-car salesman, penny-pinching, vibes and there are some micro-optimizations and “hacks” that I feel may not even make a meaningful impact on building long-term wealth.