Giving Away $300 Worth Of Books Next Week

Giving Away $300 Worth Of Books Next Week

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this… September 22nd 2015 to be exact or almost five months ago as of this writing.

Between the move from South Dakota to Tampa Florida.  Getting behind on work.  And then catching up on everything – finally – I’m reading again more.  And remembered I was giving away books to subscribers last year.

To say sorry for this delay I’m giving away $300 of books next week.  Even if we’re not at 500 total subscribers between Press On Research and Value Investing Journey combined.

This was the original cut off to give away more books but I feel bad for neglecting the giving away of valuable knowledge for so many months.

What do you have to do to have a chance to win these books?

If you’re already subscribed to either of the above services you don’t have to do anything.  But if you’re not subscribed to either you’ll need to by March 25th to be entered to win.

And if you’re chosen as the winner you’ll get the books for free.

I will mail all the books to you at my cost.  All you have to do is supply me your name and address and you’ll get all the books for free.

But this still isn’t all…

When we left off last September there were 14 books worth more than $250 dollars in the prize pool already.  These books are below.

If you want my reviews and thoughts on the books go to these links as well.

Since then I’ve found/read another six great books to giveaway bringing the total prize pool over $300.  The new books are below.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

I’ve not read this book yet.  It’s been in my ever growing to read pile for a while now though as I’ve heard nothing but great things about the book.

But I came across a cheap copy of the hardcover and had to buy it to give away.

Below is the description of the book from Amazon.

Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom “The New York Times Book Review” has called “a meticulous researcher and a cool analyst”, brings new life to the story of one of America’s most famous and successful businessmen and philanthropists – in what will prove to be the biography of the season.

Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw’s new biography.

Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. The embodiment of the American dream, he pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to become the richest man in the world. He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace.

For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public – a wildly successful businessman and capitalist, a self-educated writer, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, lover of culture, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism – Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma.

Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

With a trove of new material – unpublished chapters of Carnegie’s Autobiography; personal letters between Carnegie and his future wife, Louise, and other family members; his prenuptial agreement; diaries of family and close friends; his applications for citizenship; his extensive correspondence with Henry Clay Frick; and, dozens of private letters to and from presidents Grant, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and British prime ministers Gladstone and Balfour, as well as friends Herbert Spencer, Matthew Arnold, and Mark Twain – Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the core of this fascinating and complex man, deftly placing his life in cultural and political context as only a master storyteller can.

Playing For Keeps

Michael Jordan and the World He Made

This is a fantastic book detailing the rise of Michael Jordan from being cut by his high school basketball team.  To becoming the greatest basketball player ever.

The book also details a lot of the behind the scenes stories of how he negotiated his contracts and endorsement deals.  The infighting that led to the dismantling of one of the best NBA teams ever.  His decision to retire from basketball to play baseball after his father’s death and much more.

While none of this book is directly related to investing many of the lessons on Michael Jordan’s drive, determination to be the best, persistence, and passion are things we all need to learn from as we aspire and work toward our greatness.

And as you know I’ve written a lot about failure and greatness here.

I give this book a 5/5.

Diplomacy By Henry Kissinger

I’ve not read this book yet either.  But as with Andrew Carnegie above came across a copy of the hardcover and had to buy it to give away as I’ve heard it’s great.

Below is the description of the book from Amazon.

A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China.

The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy.

Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations.

Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

The Partnership

The Making of Goldman Sachs Updated and Revised Edition

This is an amazingly in-depth look at the rise of Goldman Sachs.

It details many of the most important decisions made – and the process behind those decisions – that led Goldman Sachs from a small shop to becoming the world power it is in finance.

It talks about many of the most important people throughout Goldman’s history.  And it’s failures and triumphs.  This is one of the best company history books I’ve ever read.

I give this book a 5/5 and have added it to the Recommended Reading and Viewing page as a MUST READ!!!

The Black Swan

I’ve not read this book yet either yet like the couple mentioned above.  But I came across a copy of the paperback and had to get it to give away.  Heard nothing but great things about this book as well.

Below is the description of the book from Amazon.

A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences.

In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we—especially the experts—are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay, On Robustness and Fragility, which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.

The Art Of Profitability

I’ve not read this book yet either yet like the ones above.  But I came across a hardcover copy and had to get it to give away.  Heard nothing but great things about this book as well.

Below is the description of the book from Amazon.

Presented in 23 compact lessons, THE ART OF PROFITABILITY features an ongoing tutorial between two fictitious individuals: the old and wise teacher, David Shao, the business master, and his pupil, Steve Gardner, a young and ambitious manager.

Along the way, Zhao goes through a number of business models and pushes his student to examine how a variety of businesses go about making money. Through Zhao’s teachings, Steve begins to see how profits can be improved simply by taking a step back and gaining a new perspective.


There are now more than $300 worth of book up for grabs and all you have to do to get a chance to win them all is subscribe to either Value Investing Journey for free.  Or subscribe to Press On Research.

Doing either of the above will enter you to win the above prizes but you’ll also get a lot more.

Remember if you want access to my exclusive notes, preliminary analysis, and access to all posts as they come out you need to subscribe for free to Value Investing Journey.  And this isn’t all you’ll get when you subscribe either.

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