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If You’d Like To Be Liked

The Gist: Honestly appreciate people. A review of How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Let Me Follow My Bent

The Gist: What happens if kids have no curriculum at all? A review of multiple books on the topic of unschooling and early childhood education.

Houstraining Your Teen Wolf

The Gist: “Kids need responsibility more than they deserve it”. A review of The Self Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, and the Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.

Why Homeschool?

The Gist: Individualized attention and pacing through a customized curriculum to achieve, on average, higher academic performance.

Literally Making Money

The Gist: 4 ways that conservatives might handle monetary policy to grow the economy and limit government.

Invisible Hand or Iron Fist

The Gist: How the ideas of free market capitalism triumphed over Marx and might still over Keynes.

A review of Vienna & Chicago by Mark Skousen.

Worse Than a Stock Market Crash

The Gist: You’ll eventually recover from a crash. Not so much from confiscation, inflation, deflation, and devastation.

A review of Deep Risk by William Bernstein.

Free Market University

The Gist: How to make college much cheaper and better.

Warren Piece

The Gist:  How the Oracle of Omaha refined his investment strategy to become a billionaire.

The second of a two-part review of multiple Buffett biographies.

My Warren Report

The Gist: The origin story of an investing superhero.

The first of a two-part review of multiple Buffett biographies.

A Very Different Idea for Ending Spending

The Gist: Turn bondholders into loan sharks.

A partial review of 10% Less Democracy by Garett Jones.

When Many Want Your Job

The Gist: Who benefits – and who suffers – from immigration to the U.S.

A review of We Wanted Workers by George Borjas.

Two More Votes

The Gist: How the awesome Margaret Thatcher lost power.

The third of a three-part review of Charles Moore’s three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, ending with Herself Alone.

Win Big Or Go Home

The Gist: How the awesome Margaret Thatcher wielded power.

The second of a three-part review of Charles Moore’s three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, the middle book being Everything She Wants.

My Heroine

The Gist: How the awesome Margaret Thatcher rose to power.

The first of a three-part review of Charles Moore’s three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, beginning with Not for Turning.

Many Happy Returns

The Gist: Money actually can buy happiness – and pretty cheaply – if it is spent on certain non-things.

A review of multiple books, most notably Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robins.

Get Rich Slow

The Gist: An exploration of an investor’s most important decision – how much to put where.

A review of multiple books, most notably William Bernstein’s Four Pillars of Investing

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

The Gist: A tribute to the boring, brilliant, passive, and profitable index fund.

A review of multiple books, most notably index pioneer John Bogle’s The Little Book of Common Sense Investing.

Say No To The Glow

The Gist: 7 specific, escalating steps to spend less time with your favorite screen.

The second of a two-part review of multiple books, most notably Tech-Wise Family.

Intervention

The Gist: Tech is designed to distract you from your priorities.

The first of a two-part review of multiple books, most notably Stand Out of Out Light by James Williams.

Has Anything Really Changed Since 1970?

The Gist:  Much less than you’d think.

A review of The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert Gordon.

The Price Was Right

The Gist: America was founded by free trade radicals in a costly revolution.

A review of Clashing over Commerce by Douglas A. Irwin.

Check Your Texts

The Gist:  Scalia argues that judges should interpret what the Constitution said, not what they want today.

A review of A Matter of Interpretation by Antonin Scalia.

You Can’t Choose Your Family

The Gist:  Nearly all dictators’ children take advantage of their status, often in defiance of the stated motivating ideology of the regime, sometimes in defiance of basic human decency.

A review of Children of Monsters by Jay Nordlinger.

Every Trick In The Book

The Gist: How to choose a book to read. Steal authors’ time, and be mindful of whose time you’re stealing and how much. Score books to find more like you like, less like you dislike.

Speak For Yourself

The Gist:  The best advice from a half dozen books on public speaking

A review of The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie, among others.

Dry Humor

The Gist: 100 years ago, Congress voted for Prohibition. 14 years later, they voted for Repeal. It might not have happened but for the Great Depression and the inflexibility of Prohibitionists.

Part 2 of a review of Prohibition: a Concise History by W.J. Rorabaugh and Last Call by Daniel Okrent.

The Drinking Age

The Gist: 100 years ago, Congress voted to ban America’s 5th largest industry (and the source of ~40% of government revenue). It took a cultural movement, an income tax, women getting the vote, and World War I.

Part 1 of a review of Prohibition: a Concise History by W.J. Rorabaugh and Last Call by Daniel Okrent.

Whatever sinks your boat!

The Gist: How the U.S. Navy deep state defied the Constitution to pursue defeat of Japan.

A review of Execute Against Japan by Joel Ira Holwitt.

The Rosetta Stone Of My Relationship

The Gist: People feel love in different ways.

A review of The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

The High Cost of Good Intentions

The Gist: Don’t trust Congress – they raid funds, their cost estimates are atrocious, and their promises of future restraint are lies.

A review of The High Cost of Good Intentions by John Cogan.

When Help Hurts

The Gist: Federal entitlements have routinely punished work and marriage while displacing community help.

A review of The High Cost of Good Intentions by John Cogan.

Pensions Made Fun

The Gist: 2 of 3 of your federal tax-dollars are spent on entitlements. It all started in 1776…

A review of The High Cost of Good Intentions by John Cogan.

Just My Luck

The Gist:  Success may be more random than we’d like to think.

A review of Fooled By Randomness by Nicholas Taleb.

An Argument With My Father

The Gist: How the British Empire wrestled with decline.

A review of The Weary Titan by Aaron Friedberg.

More Kids = More America

The Gist: Schedule date nights with your spouse as soon and as often as possible.

A review of What to Expect When No Ones Expecting by Jonathan Last.

When Are We Ever Going to Use This?

The Gist: Conventional school teaches disturbingly little worthwhile.

A review of Bryan Caplan’s the Case Against Education.

Some Terrible Cartoons about Terrible Pirates

The Gist: The scourge of piracy was ultimately defeated by punishment swift, certain, and severe.

Republic of Pirates

The Gist: Pirates self-governed through constitutional democracy.

Why You’d Want To Be a Pirate

The Gist: Ninjas don’t get company stock, health insurance, or even a fraction of the pirate benefit package. A Review of The Invisible Hook by Peter Leeson and Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly.  

Literally Making Money

The Gist: 4 ways that conservatives might handle monetary policy to grow the economy and limit government.

Many Happy Returns

The Gist: Money actually can buy happiness – and pretty cheaply – if it is spent on certain non-things.

A review of multiple books, most notably Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robins.

Check Your Texts

The Gist:  Scalia argues that judges should interpret what the Constitution said, not what they want today.

A review of A Matter of Interpretation by Antonin Scalia.

Speak For Yourself

The Gist:  The best advice from a half dozen books on public speaking

A review of The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie, among others.

When Are We Ever Going to Use This?

The Gist: Conventional school teaches disturbingly little worthwhile.

A review of Bryan Caplan’s the Case Against Education.