Dave Lutz, the head of exchange-traded funds at JonesTrading, recently released his annual “Spring Break reading” list.
Over 600 Wall Streeters around the world contributed to this list of great books for outdoor reading.
From science-fiction thrillers to business profiles, the full list is stellar, but we’re highlighting only the 25 most frequently mentioned books.
The list includes short reviews of the books — occasionally by the person that recommended them to Lutz.
Here they are:
'John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir, and in it Mr. Browder, an early hedge-fund investor in Russia, tells the story of how the Kremlin raided his fund, kicked him out of the country and perpetrated an elaborate financial fraud.
The lawyer he hires to investigate the crime is murdered, and Mr. Browder seeks to avenge his death. It's a hard book to put down.'
'...a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield―both had important careers in the Israeli military―and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences.'
'A brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human -- a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to.'
'A gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership ― at every level―is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.'
'Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America' by Danielle DiMartino Booth
'This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families -- one black, one white -- swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power at the end of World War I.'
'Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics' by Tim Marshall
'An Economist Best Book of 2015 - The most important book on decision making since Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking, Fast and Slow.' - shows us how we can learn from this elite group. Weaving together stories of forecasting successes (the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound) and failures (the Bay of Pigs) and interviews with a range of high-level decision makers.'
'Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is ... not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.'
'An old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan's surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms...'
'Very spiritual book. You read it and you just go, 'god damn, you know, how can I be more honest, accept things that don't go as planned'? When you try to combat everything, at the end of the day you realise that you're responsible for yourself'' says the Patriot's Tom Brady about his favourite self-help book.'
'Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations' by Thomas Friedman
'...explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene.'
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