Good Reading -- May 2019

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New writing effort I'm writing about once a month on a range of business- and investing-related topics. I'm trying to improve my writing and all feedback is welcome. I will post everything on the website and on Medium (https://medium.com/@pordway), and I'll also distribute via email. Thank you in advance for the help!

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“My books are an examination of what power does to people. Power doesn’t always corrupt. But what power always does is reveal.” -- Robert A. Caro

Books

  • Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing -- I read Caro's short new book in two sittings, and I'll read it again some day. It is excellent, and even though some of the material has been published elsewhere, it's worth having it all put together in this format.

  • There are plenty of reviews and author interviews out there, but don't miss this gem: A Fan's Love, Requited at Last: Conan O'Brien Lands Robert Caro

  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York -- I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't read this book, but I'm atoning now. I'm only a few hundred pages into this beast (which runs to almost 1,200 pages) but it is incredible in many ways.

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup -- Late as usual, but I finally read “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou. It is excellent. I waited to read it because I’d read all of the WSJ articles as they came out, but the book adds several layers and is well worth the read. It is an incredible time capsule of the era. The shear audacity of the story – and its duration – never cease to amaze across 299 pages that read like a well-written business thriller. The irony is unspeakable. George Schultz’s grandson joining the company, only to turn whistleblower, but after being forced to sing a “happy birthday” song in public. The random Valeant connection. The original puff piece in the WSJ, the source of the ultimate undoing. This is also another chance to highlight how stupid it is for people to claim that reading newspapers – even/especially old copies – is useless. It is the opposite of useless.

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