Twelve books to invest, according to the BlackRock team – Cultura

A book is always an asset and, in this case, the only risk may be that the reading does not live up to expectations. BlackRock Investment Institute team members selected a set of 12 works, of which only three are fiction. The catalogue, like a good portfolio, is diversified, both in literary genre and in themes.


“1971 – Never a Boring Moment”by David Hepworth. It’s a book that categorically claims that 1971 was the most influential year in rock music history, in which albums by bands like Led Zeppelin left an indelible mark on the music scene. Vikram Subhedar, from the BII publishing team, disagrees, because he understands that 1991 produced even more iconic rock songs, but still recommends the work. He describes it as a very interesting piece of music history peppered with interesting social commentary, particularly about the UK, and praises the excellent music recommendations.

“Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912”by Donald Keene. The choice of Henny Sender, senior consultant at the BII, is based on a biography of Emperor Meiji, an instrumental figure in the extraordinary transformation of Japan from an isolated country into one of the five great world powers. Nevertheless, the emphasis on racial and cultural purity remained alive in the country and interestingly Henny Sender read the book as she watched, with a certain cautious optimism, Japanese athletes of different origins being acclaimed at the Olympic Games. “It remains to be hoped that the new embrace of multiracial athletes will be lasting,” she said. The reading is long (more than 900 pages), but it is authored by one of the most recognized scholars in Japan.

“Hitting the Spin: How Cricket Really Works”by Ben Jones and Nathan Leamon. At first glance it looks like a sports book. In fact, it is and it isn’t. Ben Powell, BII’s chief investment strategist for Asia-Pacific, describes work that shows how quantitative research is now guiding a number of areas previously labeled as pure talent, including top-level sport. “On the one hand, the book intelligently assesses the usefulness of mathematics, but on the other hand, it makes it clear that it cannot be used to completely exempt humans from responsibility for critical decisions or to discount the importance of mere luck.” , commented.

“Passionate Spirit – The Life of Alma Mahler”by Cate Haste. Beata Harasim, senior investment strategist at the BII, suggests the intriguing biography of one of the most fascinating women and perhaps the greatest artistic muse of the 20th century. The Austrian Alma Mahler was a gifted and prolific songwriter in her own right, but she was not able to fully exploit her talents.

“The New Climate War”by Michael E. Mann. It’s Rujun Shen’s suggestion that comes with a warning: this book can lift you out of despair and pessimism about climate change. Mann, a renowned scientist, addresses both the urgency of fighting climate change and the real capacity of our efforts in this fight. The expert does not mean to say that we should stop eating meat or flying, but that we need to help drive crucial changes for systematic decarbonization.

“Premonition: A Pandemic Story”by Michael Lewis. The last thing Axel Christensen wanted was to have the pandemic as the subject of summer readings, but the BII’s chief investment strategist for Latin America ended up being surprised by the latest work by the author of several bestselling non-profits. fiction. “Lewis has done an extraordinary job of turning the story we’re all living through into an exciting thriller,” he said.

“The Walking Statues: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island”by Terry Hunt and Carl Lopo. The chief economist on China at the BII talks about a book with arguments convincing enough to have changed his point of view on the history of Easter Island. Yu Song points out that the authors propose an alternative theory of what happened (since they argue that the current instituted is inconsistent with archaeological evidence), but leaves it to readers to enjoy unraveling the mystery.

“This is your brain in music”by Daniel Levitin. This book helps to explain two issues at once: the way our brains work and why we create and listen to music. That’s the assurance of Dominic Elliott, communications specialist at the BII about the work of Levitin, a neuroscientist who also worked as a producer in the music industry. “After reading this book, we are confident that music goes far beyond psychologist Steven Pinker’s infamous view that it is a mere ‘auditory cheesecake’, that is, an accidental by-product of language development.

“Empire of Pain”by Patrick Radden Keefe. It is not only one of the most captivating but also the most disturbing books Jean Boivin says he has read in a long time. For the BII leader, in addition to helping readers understand the opioid crisis, the book offers a broader lesson on how “science” and “experts” in marketing can be very wrong.


“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”by Kate DiCamillo. It falls into the children’s and young adult book category, but is an all-time favorite of Scott Thiel, BII’s chief flat-rate product strategist. “The Odyssey of Edward Tulane”, in Portuguese, by Edições Gailivro, narrates the adventures of a porcelain rabbit’s journey after losing its owner. For Scott Thiel, it’s really about the story of becoming aware of the true power of love.

“The Godfather”by Mario Puzo. Paul Henderson, a member of the BII’s portfolio research group, goes for a classic – “The Godfather”, published by 11X17 and Bertrand (paperback). The part that intrigues him the most is the way the protagonist makes things happen with his “reasonableness” in the criminal underworld. For Paul Henderson, a good alternative would also be to opt for the audiobook of the work that, moreover, inspired the 1973 Oscar-winning film of the same name.

“Tulle”by Daniel Kehlmann. “Tyll. The King, the Cook and the Bobo”, published in Portugal by Bertrand in 2020, the year he was nominated for the International Booker Prize, is the suggestion of Lukas Daalder. With bursts of humor and humanity, the novel puts the legendary figure of medieval German folklore on the stage of the Thirty Years’ War. “It’s a very strong book about some of Tyll Ulenspiegel’s adventures”, says the BII’s chief strategist for the Netherlands, for whom the “new perspective” with which it was written makes it “very good”.

Leave a Comment