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LVW Reads: 6 Winter Book Recommendations

December 4, 2019

It’s a great time of year to lounge inside and read a compelling book with a cup of hot coffee in hand. The LVW team has been reading lately—check out our best recommendations below. Keep in mind, books make great gifts for the holidays. Happy reading!

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Recommended by Danielle DiPaola, Compliance Analyst

Ready to challenge your status quo? Most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action. The 10X Rule unveils the 4th degree “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business cliches and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Recommended by Sarah Bass, Assistant Office Manager

This Fiction read is the highly anticipated follow-up to The New York Times best seller The Song of Achilles. The book offers a fresh take on the ancient tale of Homer’s Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

The Deals of Warren Buffett Volume 2: The Making of a Billionaire by Glen Arnold

Recommended by Conner Boillat, Private Wealth Advisor/Research Associate

In this second volume of The Deals of Warren Buffett, follow Buffett’s journey to his first $1bn. This is the most exhilarating period of Buffett’s career, where he found gem after gem in both the stock market and in family firms with excellent economic franchises. For each of these deals, investing expert and Buffett historian Glen Arnold analyzes the investment process and the stories of the individuals involved.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Recommended by Chris Van Buren, Private Wealth Advisor

Learn about the steps you can take to build resiliency and recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. In this book, Sheryl Sandberg relives the unexpected death of her husband while Adam Grant offers eye-opening psychological research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead.

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

Recommended by Joe Zappia, Principal, Co-Chief Investment Officer

Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent, Mike Isaac, recounts the dramatic rise and fall of Uber. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. A near instant “unicorn,” Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a tech giant. What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Recommended by Rick Van Kuren, Senior Partner

Go on a tour of the mind with author, Daniel Kahneman. Thinking Fast and Slow explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

The book is so good, in fact, that Rick said it’s the best he’s read all year!




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