There's Wealth in Twinkies and Maple Syrup

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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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of coffee, grab a seat by the fire and get ready for our longer form weekend reads:

  • The Untold Story of Napoleon Hill, the Greatest Self-Help Scammer of All Time (PaleoFuture)
  • How the Twinkie Made the Superrich Even Richer (Dealbook)
  • The Rockefeller Family Fund Takes on ExxonMobil (New York Review of Books)
  • Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time (The Verge) see also Uber said it protects you from spying. Security sources say otherwise (Reveal)
  • Inside Quebec’s Great, Multi-Million-Dollar Maple-Syrup Heist (Vanity Fair)
  • The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. (New York Times)
  • The American Leader in the Islamic State: John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the never-before-reported story of his long and troubling journey. (The Atlantic)
  • Covering politics in a “post-truth” America (Brookings Institution)
  • Nike’s Trying to Build a Sub-Two-Hour Marathoner, and We’re Along for the Run. (Wired)
  • Born without Arms and Legs: ‘I’m Glad I Don’t Need Any Shoes’: Janis McDavid, 25, was born with no arms and legs. But he still goes to university, drives a car and travels the world. Today he is embarking on his career. How, though, does he do it? (Spiegel)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business podcast with John Roque, technical analyst for George Soros fund.

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