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Best Reads of The Week – 12/07/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Beyond Wealth, Making Money off Sears, Traveling – Bourdain style.

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 311

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – Jon Meacham: George H.W. Bush and the Price of Politics.  and Frank Bruni  – “George H.W. Bush’s Uncommon GraceNo doubt, we lost a great American this week.  While there are a multitude of tribute pieces that have been published – here were two that stood out to me.
  2. TheAtlantic – The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth  At a certain point, another million dollars doesn’t make anything newly affordable. That’s when other motivations take over.
  3. Economist – What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools.  Rigorous teaching methods and excellent teachers keep the island-state top of the class.
  4. TheAtlantic – The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis – Why you should understand the happiness U-curve
  5. IWTY – 4 gift-giving tips to give the perfect present this holiday – Loved tip #1 here – “If someone is really into something, DON’T BUY IT for them”

Business/Economics:

  1. II – Eddie Lampert Shattered Sears, Sullied His Reputation, and Lost Billions of Dollars. Or Did He?  The untold story of how a hedge fund titan profited as an American icon fell.
  2. Freakonomics – Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?   The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.
  3. CF – How This All Happened – Credit SF –  This is a short story about what happened to the U.S. economy since the end of World War II.
  4. Bloomberg – Inside the World’s Most Elite (and Secret) Traders’ Club  The nameless group confers “a hunting license” that lets an investor sit at the “big boy table and make high-level trades not available to stupid amateurs.”
  5. Airtable.com – Startup Pitch Decks  – See some of the original pitch decks of some of the biggest technology companies today.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. CM – How to Travel Like Anthony Bourdain Did
  2. Jalopnik – Fiat Chrysler’s Bet On Trucks And SUVs Is Paying Off Big
  3. TheAtlantic – How Restaurants Got So Loud  Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
  4. NYT – The Link Between August Birthdays and A.D.H.D.  A new study raises questions about age, maturity and overdiagnosis.
  5. CNET – Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads  Injured scooter riders are flooding US emergency rooms. Accident rates could be as high as 1,000 per month.

What is Fifteen on Friday?

From business to culture, technology to design, finance to entertainment, each week Fifteen on Friday sources the most thought-provoking articles to help us all live life well and well-informed.  Enjoy.

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