Books: Americana, a 400-Year History of American Capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan

Mayflower, early farmers, tobacco, taxes, cotton, steam, railways, gold, slavery, telegraph, beer, patents, oil, steel, machines, light, retail, guns, media, unions, meat, trusts, automobiles, fast food franchises, radio, banking, film, roads, computers, startups, internet, mobile... land of opportunities. Interesting facts: I was surprised to learn just how instrumental was the government (municipal, state and federal) …

Books: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari is exploring the next steps in the evolution of human, which he calls homo deus. If this is the future, it looks scary... Interesting thoughts: Humanity has successfully overcome wars, famine and plague. The reappearance of either does not reflect our inability, but rather our inefficiency. Consciousness as a mental pollution. According to the …

Books: The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith

Historical record of the time leading up to the great crash of 1929 and the immediate aftermath. What caused it according to Galbraith: Skewed distribution of income, where the top 5% got 30% of the income. Bad banking practices, that would work out well if the growth would continue. Unsound corporate structures, which allowed companies …

Books: Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber

Insight into the evolution of debt, from 3,500 BC onwards. Interesting facts: Debt/credit precedes money. The author argues that debt and credit offer more logical explanation of ascent of money than simplifying barter, the reason normally stated by the economic history books. Primordial debt. Concept probably not original to this book, but interesting nonetheless. I see it …