The Books I Read in 2019

The books I read this year

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December 27, 2019
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About The Author

Noam Ganel, CFA is the founder of Pen&Paper, a value-oriented, contrary-minded journal of the financial markets. Noam worked as a Vice President in Capital Markets at Silvergate (publicly traded on NYSE under SI since Nov-2019.) At SI, which he joined in 2010, Noam was responsible for advisory services to family offices,  private companies, and financial advisors.


Security analysis (the classic 1934 edition) by Benjamin Graham, Value Investing by Bruce Greenwald, Dear Fellow Shareholders and Value Investing by Marty Whitman, The Manual of Ideas by John Mihaljevic, The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin, The Investment Checklist by Michael Shearn, The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch, and Damn Right! by Janet Lowe.


Working by Robert Cato, Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall, Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, The American Spirit and Brave Companions by David McCullough, Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy, The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again by Gerald Ratner,


To Heal a Fractured World, The Dignity of Difference, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Jonathan Sacks, and Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz.


Freedom and Its Betrayal by Isaiah Berlin, We Hold These Truths by Mortimor Adler, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari.


Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Triple by Ken Follett, Don't Let Go and Home by Harlan Coben, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and Papillon by Henri Charriere.


What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney, Willpower by Roy Baumeister, Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Company of One by Paul Jarvis, The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Green, Atomic Habits by James Clear, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal by Joseph Telushkin, and Indistractable by Nir Eyal.


I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong, How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan, and The Body by Bill Bryson.


The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown, The Obesity Code by Jason Fung, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Philip Maffetone, and Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.


The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, and Marriage, a History by Stephanie Coontz.


On Writing Well by William Zinsser, and Draft No. 4 by John McPhee, and The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker.

Additional favorites

I  enjoyed a Special Report on South Africa that appeared in The Economist earlier January.

Is Amazon Unstoppable is one of my favorite articles this year. Written by Charles Duhigg, it appeared in the New Yorker on October. I also enjoyed . I enjoyed fall 2019 edition of the Graham and Doddsville newsletter, published by Columbia Business School. You can access Graham and Doddsville Newsletter Archives here.

I enjoyed The Anatomy of a Great Decision, which appeared in Farnam Street this April. Guy Spier published a white paper on Zero Management Fees which I thought was excellent.

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