Ritholtz's Reads: Lucky CEOs and Amazon-Proofing

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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Pour yourself some fresh, dark brew, and settle in for our long-form weekend reads:

• Baghdad, Arizona: Where Iraqi Pilots Learn to Fight ISIS (Popular Mechanics)
• What proportion of a CEO's success is down to luck? (Pieria)
• Costco has one secret that makes it ‘Amazon-proof’ (Business Insider)
• The Long Haul: One Year of Solitude on America’s Highways (Esquiresee also Blues on Wheels: A writer becomes a carrier for the United States Postal Service out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. (Morning News)
• There will be blood: Every year, roughly 40,000 people die in Minnesota. For some, it’s weeks or months before anyone finds them. Meet the crew who comes in to clean up the mess. (MinnPost)
• What if: Whether to kill baby Hitler might be a political firecracker, but can counterfactuals say anything deeper about the past? (Aeon)
• Inside The Sad, Strange Family Feud That Helped Sink Rand Paul (Buzzfeed)
• The Ties That Bind Jihadists: Scholars explore the culture of radical Islam (Chronicle of Higher Educationsee also Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media (NYT)
• Who Bought the Most Expensive Album Ever Made? (Bloomberg)
• How Star Wars Conquered the Galaxy: The economic power of the greatest movie franchise ever. (Reason)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview today with jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli.

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