Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons From the Dean of Wall Street

Title: Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons From the Dean of Wall Street
Author: Janet Lowe
Publisher: Dearborn Financial Publishing, Inc
Copyright: 1994
ISBN O-7931-0702-4

I highly recommend “Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street”, a biography by Janet Lowe.

Benjamin Graham practically invented the securities analysis profession. He literally wrote their book, “Security Analysis” first published in 1934 - still in print after multiple updates.

Graham’s even more popular book, “The Intelligent Investor” brought the value investing concept to individual investors; In that work Graham popularized terms that remain core to value investing; “intrinsic value”, “margin of safety”, and “Mr. Market”. Warren Buffet called “The Intelligent Investor” the best book on investing he ever read.

Janet Lowe’s treatment of Graham’s life and his life’s work is interesting, easy to read, and presents Graham’s core investing principles in simple terms.

I enjoyed “Benjamin Graham on Value Investing” and I also learned a good bit from it.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Tau Ceti Agenda

Title: The Tau Ceti Agenda
Author: Travis Taylor
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Copyright: 2009
ISBN 13: 978-1-4391-3315-6

I recommend “The Tau Ceti Agenda”, Travis Taylor’s second science fiction novel in the “One Day on Mars” series.

“The Tau Ceti Agenda” continues the story of the rebellion of Elle Ahmi’s Martian Separatists and the now global United States of America defended by Alexander Moore and a great many soldiers, sailors, and marines.

Threaded with military action, intrigue, and mystery, “The Tau Ceti Agenda” is a fun read. I’ve added the third volume in the series, “One Good Soldier”, to my buy list.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

One Day On Mars

Title: One Day On Mars
Author: Travis Taylor
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Copyright: 2007
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-9157-3

I recommend the science fiction novel “One Day on Mars”.

“One Day on Mars” is the first novel I’ve read written exclusively by Travis Taylor. He co-authored several SF books with John Ringo that were very good. So, I decided to give his solo work a try.

It was worth the price of admission. Travis Taylor tells a good story with plenty of SF military action mixed with a bit of mystery. For the most part his technological world is believable, though I had to work a little to suspend disbelief on the whole “transformers” thing.

Still, he writes an entertaining story. “One Day on Mars” is the first in a series and I look forward to reading the series to completion.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Nolo’s Quick LLC

Title: Nolo’s Quick LLC: All You Need to Know About Limited Liability Companies
Author: Anthony Mancuso
Publisher: Nolo
Copyright: 2001
ISBN 0-87337-573-4

I recommend “Nolo’s Quick LLC” to those interested in incorporating a small business in order to protect personal assets from liabilities connected to the business.

“Nolo’s Quick LLC” is an excellent reference book with sections covering many aspects of setting up and maintaining a limited liability company legal structure. You can easily find the parts that apply to your own situation without reading the entire book.

Creating an LLC is fairly easy, relatively inexpensive, and doesn’t require a lawyer. “Nolo’s Quick LLC walks you through the process.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Karate-Do: My Way of Life

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Title: Karate-Do: My Way of Life
Author: Gichin Funakoshi
Publisher: Kodansha International
Copyright: 1975
ISBN 0-87011-463-8

I recommend “Karate-Do: My Way of Life” to martial artists of all styles.

Gichin Funakoshi, the author of “Karate-Do: My Way of Life” was instrumental in bringing Okinawan karate to the Japanese mainland and popularizing his martial art among the Japanese people.

Essentially, he devoted the first half of his ninety years to studying karate in his homeland of Okinawa. He devoted the second half of his life to teaching the art on the Japanese mainland.

Along the way, Master Funakoshi founded the Shotokan style of karate. Although, clearly, he was opposed to the development of various styles of karate and would be appalled to be called the founder of a style. He wanted Karate-Do to develop as a single unified martial art that would remain open to change and evolution.

“Karate-Do: My Way of Life” is his autobiography. In it he outlines his life, he summarizes his understanding of the spirit of karate-do, and he relates formative events in his life with their lessons for him and for you.

Gichin Funakoshi was an admirable man. His character and his book radiate humility, respect, responsibility, and gratitude. He was a man with a mission and he accomplished his mission; overcoming great hardships with the help of great friends.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dawn of Empire

Title: Dawn of Empire
Author: Sam Barone
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Copyright: 2006
ISBN 10: 0-06-089244-7

I recommend the novel “Dawn of Empire”.

There was a time, long ago, when the very first town built the very first sturdy defensible wall and for the very first time successfully prevented a marauding tribe for sacking a town.

“Dawn of Empire” is a very readable account of how Orak, a town in Mesopotamia, became the first successful walled city and the core of the first great empire.

It’s both believable and a fun read.

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Title: Wikinomics
Author: Don Tapscott & Antony D. Williams
Publisher: Portfolio
Copyright: 2006
ISBN: 978-1-59184-138-8

I recommend Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.

Collaboration is going new levels through the use of Internet-based tools and by the attitudes and skills brought to the workplace by the Net Generation - the children of the baby-boomers. This is the thesis of Wikinomics.

Competitiveness will increasingly be determined by the ability to harness creative energies available through mass collaboration within the company and, even more so, from external sources.

The authors site many companies using one or more of the principles of Wikinomics: openness, peering, sharing, and acting globally. IBM, Proctor & Gambol, Goldcorp, Google, Sun Microsystems, and others provide concrete examples of mass collaboration. These organizations are finding ways to create value for their shareholders through mass collaboration while at the same time creating value for external customers, partners, academics, researchers, and other temporary collaborators.

The methods of mass collaboration include:

(a) Participation in joint “open architecture” development projects;
(b) Intentionally releasing proprietary intellectual property to the public domain;
(c) Publishing functional criteria and offering open monetary incentives to any developer who creates a design successfully meeting the functional specifications;
(d) Encouraging internal and external employee communication through blogging and wiki web sites.

The key to wikinomics is figuring out how an organization can open itself to the world or a significant portion of it, and generate a real return on investment. Clearly, the potential rate of innovation rises exponentially as the number of external collaborators increases. At the same time, the company gives up some of its valuable intellectual property rights.

Companies that find a way through this monetization maze supercharge their ability to innovate.

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Claws That Catch & the Looking Glass Series

Title: Claws That Catch
Author: John Ringo & Travis S Taylor
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

I recommend “Claws That Catch” and the entire Looking Glass series.

“Claws That Catch” is the 4th Looking Glass volume. The entire series to date is listed below. John Ringo authored the 1st volume and then teamed up with Travis Taylor for the next three.

The series originates in our time with a huge explosion on a college campus that opens a door to another place and contact with a decidedly unfriendly alien species.

Contacts with other species follow with alliances and technology transfer in classic space opera fashion.

I‘ve enjoyed all four volumes and I will certainly read the next.

Into the Looking Glass (Looking Glass, Book 1)
Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass, Book 2)
Manxome Foe
Claws That Catch

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Desert Called Peace & Carnifex

Title: A Desert Called Peace
Author: Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Copyright: 2007
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-5592-6


Title: A Desert Called Peace
Author: Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Copyright: 2007
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-9150-4

I highly recommend this two-volume science fiction and military adventure novel.

By the year 2150 the progressives had won. They’d taken control of the entire Earth and set up a global government based on a hereditary caste system with the progressives, of course, as the ruling caste.

Progressives were able to establish themselves as the hereditary rulers of the planet because another earth-like planet was discovered. It was used as a dumping ground for the undesirables of Earth – those who opposed the progressives.

The new world developed on a path parallel to Old Earth until the progressives recognized these undisciplined, rapidly procreating, and increasingly powerful people would eventually threaten their rule.

So, they meddled in the affairs of Terra Nova. But the law of unintended consequences prevails and progressives created an implacable enemy – they changed Patrick Hennessey into Patrico Carrera, the Duque.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chain of Destiny

Title: Chain of Destiny
Author: J.D. Lock
Publisher: Wheatmark
Copyright: 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-58736-716-8

I highly recommend this novel.

JD Lock is a West Pointer, a US Army Ranger, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and the author of three previous non-fiction volumes tracing the history and training of the American Rangers. “Chain of Destiny” is his first foray into fiction. And it’s a success.

Lock’s protagonist, Nathaniel Ames, is a modern day U.S. Army Ranger Captain; commander of an infantry company in the 75th Ranger Regiment. His unit deploys to capture and remove nuclear weapons from the hands of the Russian Mafia.

In the process, Captain Ames is injured and transported to 1863 and the American Civil War battlefield of Chancellorsville - the day after the battle. After a short convalescence he returns to duty an as infantry company commander, but in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

His adventures and attempts to change history are a joy to follow. Along the way you get a taste of Civil War combat and a direct comparison with the modern Ranger experience.

The book is well worth the read. I was reluctant to put it down.

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