Book Bits: 5 Brand New Books, One Recent

● The Value Investors: Lessons from the World’s Top Fund Managers (2nd ed.)
Ronald Chan
Summary via publisher (Wiley)
The second edition of The Value Investors presents a collection of investing legend profiles from around the world. Chapters explore the investors’ backgrounds, cultures, and personal stories, and reveal how life experiences have shaped their investment strategies and mindsets. This fascinating book shows you that value investing is a dynamic, constantly-changing strategy which, when properly implemented, can provide significant, sustainable benefits. Although the investors profiled come from a diverse range of geographic regions and socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds, they share similar personality traits, temperaments, and investment philosophes.

● The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order
Donald J. Devine
Summary via Amazon
Capitalism only survives today in what Schumpeter’s classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy called a “fettered” form, harnessed by bureaucratic regulations that impede productivity, compound the problems they were designed to fix, and dissolve the moral structure that underlay capitalist civilization’s creativity and moral legitimacy. A response to these challenges must begin with capitalism’s defining author Karl Marx accurately setting capitalism’s roots in feudalism and the implications of that historical inheritance, predominantly what Walter Lippmann identified as Rousseau’s “Christian heresy.” That revolution converted heavenly perfection into impossible to fulfill demands on earth, culminating in what F.A. Hayek considered the “superstition” that science could rationalize markets to achieve social perfection.

● Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions
Provides the Tools to Transform Them
Ethan Zuckerman
Review via New York Times
In his new book, “Mistrust,” Ethan Zuckerman takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of everyone from Gandhi to Bitcoin enthusiasts, Brexit voters to Black Lives Matter activists — people and groups whom he calls “insurrectionists” because they are trying to overthrow or work around what has been a worldwide decline in social trust. Fighting this erosion from another direction are the “institutionalists,” those who seek to bolster trust and prevent any further crumbling.

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