Book Bits | 24 August 2019

Free Enterprise: An American History
By Lawrence B. Glickman
Summary via publisher (Yale University Press)
Throughout the twentieth century, “free enterprise” has been a contested keyword in American politics, and the cornerstone of a conservative philosophy that seeks to limit government involvement into economic matters. Lawrence B. Glickman shows how the idea first gained traction in American discourse and was championed by opponents of the New Deal. Those politicians, believing free enterprise to be a fundamental American value, held it up as an antidote to a liberalism that they maintained would lead toward totalitarian statism. Tracing the use of the concept of free enterprise, Glickman shows how it has both constrained and transformed political dialogue. He presents a fascinating look into the complex history, and marketing, of an idea that forms the linchpin of the contemporary opposition to government regulation, taxation, and programs such as Medicare.

Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
By Inbal Arieli
Review via Publishers Weekly
On the question of how Israel got to be “Silicon Vadi,” Arieli, an Israeli military intelligence veteran who founded a leadership coaching company, picks chutzpah as the answer, in her canny but sometimes confused study. The famously prickly Israelis may seem impolite or aggressive, she writes, but they can more accurately be seen as having a no-B.S., all-in approach to pursuing goals. Thus, Israel has the world’s highest research and development expenditure proportionate to GDP, and also boasts disproportionate numbers of scientists, tech innovators, and Nobel Prize winners. Arieli, having spent her career working with Israeli entrepreneurs, traces this success back to child-rearing practices. Israel is not a risk-averse society, she observes, and its children are raised to accept mistakes and failures as part of the learning process, while cultivating resilience and independent thinking.

Empower Your Investing: Adopting Best Practices From John Templeton, Peter Lynch, and Warren Buffett
By Scott A. Chapman
Summary via publisher (Post Hill Press)
Investing is a life skill and, like any life skill, the key is to learn from those who have already done it well. Empower Your Investing offers a success-based mental framework, discipline, and toolkit for your investing success. This book examines the best practices from masters of the investing world who’ve demonstrated success over many market cycles: Sir John Templeton, Peter Lynch, and Warren Buffett. The case studies of their winning picks blend the prevailing news and popular opinion at the time of their successful investments with their rationale for buying stocks as they explained in subsequent interviews.

Structural Alpha: Building & Maintaining An Elite Wealth Management Practice
By Sal Tiano
Announcement of book publiciation via press release
In Structural Alpha, Sal Tiano provides readers with a system he’s developed over his 30 years of experience as a wealth manager, acquiring and maintaining high-net-worth clients to grow their businesses. It’s a system built on specific activities and processes that connect advisors with their clients and their families to generate the trust needed to provide the type of high-level service they need and deserve. This practice is known as Structural Alpha. Tiano explains “This is not a theoretical book written by a consultant. It’s a practical book written by someone who was once a newcomer starting with nothing who has grown a successful decades-long wealth management practice—and is still in the trenches, growing his business today.”