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Whether you're looking for a book to help learn about planning and investing, or simply curious what types of books we read, we've compiled a list of some of our favorites below.  

 

MND

The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue—they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the 21st century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

 

 

65 things

CYNDY'S PICK! A collection of 65 essays that provides practical and entertaining advice about how to create a fulfilling retirement. The contributors include recognizable names as well as others in their sixties who have created dynamic lives post-retirement. Other contributors include respected retirement experts. Modeled on our successful "birthday" series, the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research.

EQ

Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart. 

simple

Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple—it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on earth in 2012. As ad agency creative director, Ken Segall played a key role in Apple’s resurrection, helping to create such critical marketing campaigns as “Think Different” and naming the iMac. This book makes you a fly on the wall inside a conference room with Steve Jobs and on the receiving end of his midnight phone calls. You’ll understand how his obsession with simplicity helped Apple perform better and faster, sometimes saving millions in the process. Segall brings Apple’s quest for simplicity to life using fascinating (and previously untold) stories from behind the scenes. Through his insight and wit, you’ll discover how companies that leverage this power can stand out from competitors—and individuals who master it can become critical assets to their organizations.

 

 

 

ConCap

At once a bold defense and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business, Conscious Capitalism is for anyone hoping to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future. Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc., cofounder Raj Sisodia argue that both business and capitalism are inherently good, and they use some of today’s best-known and most successful companies to illustrate their point. From Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Tata to Costco, Panera, Google, the Container Store, and Amazon, today’s organizations are creating value for all stakeholders—including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment.  

FF

In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory―the basis of computers and the Internet―to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible. Shannon and MIT mathematician Edward O. Thorp took the "Kelly formula" to Las Vegas. It worked. They realized that there was even more money to be made in the stock market. Thorp used the Kelly system with his phenomenonally successful hedge fund, Princeton-Newport Partners. Shannon became a successful investor, too, topping even Warren Buffett's rate of return. Fortune's Formula traces how the Kelly formula sparked controversy even as it made fortunes at racetracks, casinos, and trading desks. It reveals the dark side of this alluring scheme, which is founded on exploiting an insider's edge. Shannon believed it was possible for a smart investor to beat the market―and Fortune's Formula will convince you that he was right.

 

Elevate

This transformative book was written by Commonwealth's own founder, Joe Deitch.  We live in a modern world that can often make us feel even more lost as we struggle to find meaning and look for the answers to life's mysteries.  Joe shares his lifelong pursuit of wisdom and growth in an accessible, practical, down-to-earth gift to his readers. Elevate is a celebration of life and the potential that exists for all of us. It provides both answers and insights as it links awareness and action, East and West, ancient and modern, spiritual and scientific. It offers a formula for turning frustration into fascination and provides a universal framework for what works and why, what to do . . . and why we don't.

The Blackjack Life

The Blackjack Life explores Nathaniel's experiences becoming a world-class professional blackjack player, having been trained by former members of the MIT blackjack team. While studying many books on blackjack strategy, he discovered that the tactics were only applicable to big teams or solo practitioners. Adjustments were made so that the techniques would work while playing with a single partner. The result was the creation of a virtually undetectable small-team system, something never before documented. The details of the system are delivered within the pages of this exhilarating narrative, describing a glitzy gambler’s life of high-roller suites, gourmet restaurants, and top-shelf entertainment, along with a dark side of personal risk that would eventually take him to the casino backrooms he’d hoped he would never see. The book provides a detailed explanation of what it takes to become a professional card player, and the many parallels to sound, long-term investment management principals.