Tag: The Ascent of Money

Barbarian Book Club: May 2018 Operational Report

Updates

  • 20180514_175547847502312.jpgIn preparation for the imminent arrival of my first child, I decided to grow a respectable mustache. It’s coming along nicely and I have faith that it will develop further.
  • I’ve been writing a bit here and there, nowhere as much as I should be, but overall I’m content with my current pace. I got to see the proof for Storyhack Issue 2, I read a few of the other stories and I’m happy that my weird little story will be in great company.
  • My weightlifting routine is going great. I just finished week 4 of a program that I’m loving, but haven’t mentioned because I’ve been waiting to finish a least one month in order to give an honest experienced opinion before I recommend it.
  • Even with my rough schedule, I did a decent amount of reading and listening to lectures.

Books Read

AscentmoneyThe Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson– A fascinating look at the history of finance from beads to gold to digital currency made through ultra complex hedge funds. This was a great read, similar to the commodity histories that have been popular but focused on the rise of finance and its interconnected relationship with the rise of the Western World. There’s some interesting stuff here that somebody like me who is quite financially illiterate found fascinating, such as the chapter on the Welfare States, Chile, the Chicago Boys, and the interaction between politics and finance.

The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb– I’ve said itShipofmagic here before, Robin Hobb is my favorite fantasy writer. I spent most of April and May reading this massive trilogy. It’s heavy, character driven, and vastly superior to any fantasy series I’ve ever read. I’m going to dedicate a full post to these books, but if you enjoy great fantasy written for adults pick up this trilogy.

The Appearance of Power: How Masculinity is Expressed Through Aesthetics by Tanner Guzy–  A quick read about style and aesthetics for the men, mixed with a bit of social critique of the poisonous modern idea that men should avoid style and just walk around like slobs. Not bad, but reads like an appendix to Jack Donovan’s work. I would of enjoyed and found this a lot more helpful a bit over a decade ago.