We at Finbuzz hope you believe that reading is the best hobby to enjoy this coming weekend, and we cannot resist to share a very special recommended reading list of books that helps you get into Goldman Sachs mindset.
One of the biggest investment banks announced its second annual Back-to-School Reading List. It is now a ritual Goldman Sachs executives perform every autumn.
The books are said to be for “every age and career stage”. The genres vary from science fiction to business and to biography, the topics are also diverse. Goldman Sachs promised they would continue updating the books list over the next few weeks, now we would like to present the list of top 9:
- Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
The Goldman’s managing director Dino Fusco says that this book is “must-read” for everybody. The book is a look behind the scenes into the beloved of all 1989 sitcom, Seinfeld. The book gives a detailed description how the show was created and what impact it has over the lives of those watching it.
- The Healthy Workplace, by Leigh Stringer
The book introduces the ways in which such influential companies as Google and Аpple can workplace healthier and more productive. Fusco stated that the book contains provocative data and statistics, and is also intriguing and full of anecdotes.
- Half of the Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
The book reveals the events happening in during the country’s Biafran civil war. We are seeing the event through the eyes of the three main characters. The Goldman’s international head of human capital management Sally Boyle said that the author did a great job drawing the characters and that in the book one can feel the compassion the author has for her country and its people.
- A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life follows the lives of four college friends trying to make it in New York City. The novel was shortlisted for both the 2015 Man Booker Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
- The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
The book is written on life-based examples which explain why we fail at estimating things correctly and how to enhance our prediction skills. The aspects in which those predictions can be used vary from stock markets to baseball performance.
- Churchill: A Life, by Martin Gilbert
Clark also recommends this biography exploring Winston Churchill, the U.K. prime minister during the Second World War. Churchill was fascinating “for his mistakes and failures as he is for his successes, his seemingly boundless energy and curiosity, and for having been an incredibly prolific writer,” Clark said.
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The book reveals what it is like to live a life in the U.S being a black male. The book was suggested by the global chief operating officer of Goldman’s technology division Lisa Opoku who commented the following: “I chose to read it because I have a son and I think the experience of being a black male in America is unique.”
- Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, by Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas Shapiro
The book is tough, said Opoku, but it sheds light on what impact wealth inequality has over racial inequality. The book dwells on significant historical facts about wealth and power in the black community and the ways in which public policy has influenced them.
- Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
The book tells about the lives of two half-sisters from Ghana who got separated. One was sold into slavery in the U.S, the other one was married off to a slaver the 18th century.