“By encouraging a culture in which compliance with detailed regulations is a defence against a charge of wrongdoing, bankers and regulators have colluded in a self-defeating spiral of complexity.” — Mervyn King, The End of Alchemy
The End of Alchemy Mervyn King
A necessary read for any serious student or practitioner of modern finance. But, I’ve already said that from the first few pages in; I’ll certainly have more to say when done.
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Mary Beard
This is a tome, a doorstopper, a definitive statement on history. It begins with Catiline and Cicero, sweeps us into the origin myths of Romulus and Remus, and fans from thereon outward. I will be reading this for a long time. Certainly not for the faint of heart.
On the Pile
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Kevin Kelly
But What If We’re Wrong? Chuck Klosterman