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Recommended Reading: Charlie's Picks
A recommended reading list from Portfolio Manager Charlie Bobrinskoy

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

This is the definitive insider’s look at the rise and fall of Theranos, a company which promised to quickly provide a complete picture of one’s health using only a small amount of blood. Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Inc., Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and the Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Journalism in 2016.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

The late Nelson Mandela was considered by many to be an international hero and one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. His lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Instrumental in moving South Africa toward multiracial government and majority rule, Mandela’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This book has been referred to as the crowning achievement of one of the finest novelists of all time. Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing his final novel, the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder. The novel immerses the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. Throughout the book, Dostoevsky searches for the truth--about man, about life and about the existence of God.

Ulysses S. Grant

by Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow’s new biography of Grant presents a balanced examination of Grant as man, soldier and leader. After serving as Commanding General of the Union Army during the Civil War, Grant led the country through Reconstruction as the 18th President of the United States. By the end of his tumultuous life in 1885, Grant had become one of the most popular figures in American history. But by the beginning of the 20th century, Grant’s reputation had plummeted. After years of mudslinging, a recent rehabilitation of Grant is underway among historians like Chernow.

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

by Roger Lowenstein

This is a biography of Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway who’s widely recognized as the greatest investor of our time. One dollar invested with Buffett when he began his career back in 1956 is now worth $47,317—while a $1,000 investment over this same time frame would be worth a mind-boggling $47 million today. He amassed an enormous fortune on this simple premise—if you can’t explain a stock idea to a 6-year-old, move on. The book gives readers an appreciation for Buffett’s investment philosophy and genius and, along the way, provides an up close and personal look at a one-of-a-kind life.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

by Burton G. Malkiel

Malkiel describes why the stock market is efficient—explaining how all the good or bad news related to a company is reflected in its stock price. So, no one really has a leg up. Anyone can become a good investor by putting his or her mind to it and doing the necessary homework. If you are looking to get a better handle on the basics, A Random Walk provides a terrific foundation.

One Up on Wall Street

by Peter Lynch

Like Buffett, Lynch also follows a simple philosophy—invest in what you know. He looked for everyday products and services used in any economic environment.


by Michael Lewis

At first blush, this book appears to be about baseball, but really, it’s about value investing. Moneyball chronicles the career of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, who assembled consistently winning teams on a bare-bones budget by looking at stats instead of star power. Value investors analyze companies in much the same way that Beane sought out baseball players, looking for strong fundamentals and returns that can stand the test of time.

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons

The title of this fascinating and broadly applicable book comes from a famous, provocative experiment Chabris and Simons ran to sharply challenge prevailing notions of human beings' observational abilities. This book studies six everyday illusions that "make us think that our mental abilities and capacities are greater than they actually are" because "we confuse how easily our minds can do something with how well they are doing it". The six everyday illusions The Invisible Gorilla identifies are the illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause and potential. After this quick read, you might find yourself far more comfortable with the limitations you and others have.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

By Dan Ariely

Contrary to common belief, smart people make irrational decisions every day. Dan Ariely believes such choices follow a foreseeable process and addresses these illogical “hidden forces shaping our decisions” in Predictably Irrational. His witty and original perspective on human’s economic behavior and thinking hammers home real-life examples. For instance, why do we often pay too much when we pay nothing? Why does dealing with cash make us more honest? Why is everything relative—when it shouldn’t be? Ariely’s book alerts people to their irrational tendencies, in hopes of improving their understanding of their own behavior and paving a path for them to make better decisions in the future.