Friday, July 10, 2009

The Poker Face of Wall Street

Here is a book I read recently. I was rather surprised to find it on Scribd. The title suggests that this book would be of particular interest to investors and or gamblers. However, there is much here that would also interest students of history and human behavior. My favorite chapter "Pokernomics" (chapter 5) is a fascinating account of how poker and other games of chance have influenced history. It was a surprise to learn how poker was instrumental in the colonisation of the United States. I highly recommend this chapter, even for those who may have little incentive to read the rest of the book.

This book also features an interesting forward by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets.

(Unfortunately, this document is no longer available on Scribd. See below to find it on Amazon.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Helpful Hints for Viewing Scribd Documents

Feel free to just read the Scribd document or book on my site. You're my guest and I don't charge rent. At the extreme upper right hand corner of the document you will see a little tab that will allow you to toggle to the full screen mode for easier reading. If you would prefer to download a pdf or plain text version of the ebook for reading elsewhere, simply click on the Scribd link at the upper left corner of the document. This will take you to to the document's page at In the upper left hand corner, you should see a download link. (These options are not available for all documents.)

That's just the beginning. If you click on the more tab at the top of the document (while you're at this site), you will find numerous other options including sharing and embedding features. For Blogger blogs, you can easily embed a Scribd document by simply copying and pasting the embed code into your post editor.

See also:
Scribd FAQs
Downloading from Scribd
Embedding a document from Scribd

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