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.)