Ritholtz's Reads: Big Mother and the Success Equation

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Good Saturday morning. To cap off a fast moving week, pour yourself a strong cup of joe, and settle into your favorite chair for our longer form, weekend reads:

  • The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower (The Atlantic)
  • Thoughts on “Teaching Economics After the Crash” (Medium)
  • The War Nerd: More proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America (Pando Daily) see also Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion (Think Progress)
  • How Lego Became the Apple of Toys (Fast Company)
  • The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat (Outside)
  • The Success Equation: An Interview with Michael Mauboussin (Start-Up Town) see also Masters in Business: Michael Mauboussin (TBP)
  • Facebook is the new AOL, and other ways the 90s are back (The Verge)
  • The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls (NY Times)
  • Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not (Buzzfeed)
  • You are a musical expert: You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet. (Aeon) see also Brain Damage Saved His Music: After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back. (Nautilus)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business podcast, with Patrick O’Shaughnessy, author of Millenial Money.

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