Library

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain

Interdisciplinary Thinking is Critical for Investors

Everything in life is related, and the most successful investors allow their curiosity and knowledge to span as much of reality as possible. Forming a mental model of the world; a framework of ideas, attitudes and beliefs rooted in the understanding of the various disciplines of life is essential for long-term investors. The core disciplines include history, psychology, sociology, mathematics, engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, statistics, economics, philosophy and theology. As capital allocators, we must study and understand the components that make up our world, its thoughts, actions and motivations. This is only possible by using an interdisciplinary approach which recognizes the interconnectedness of life and the need to form a true worldview.

 

We believe that a crucial aspect of investment management is to understand the specific investments, but this is not enough. We must also understand the context that forms the backdrop in which the securities we invest in must operate. This is why we strongly believe in the need for a library, as an essential part of our investment business. At RockLinc, one of the first things our clients see when entering our offices is our in-house library. One of our most important activities is to read great books.

 

For simplicity we break our library into the following core disciplines:   Biographies, Economics, Finance, Financial History, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology and Theology.   We have listed a handful of wonderful books (many out of the mainstream) in each of our areas.  Each one of these books has helped us in the formation of our investment worldview.
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Recent Releases

Modern Monopolies

by Alex Moazed & Nicholas L. Johnson

Faith Alone – The Doctrine of Justification: What The Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series)

by Thomas R. Schreiner

Grace Alone – Salvation As A Gift Of God: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters

by Carl R. Trueman

Christ Alone – The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series)

by Stephen J. Wellum

God’s Word – The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series)

by Matthew Barrett

God’s Glory – The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series)

by David Vandrunen

A New Case for Gold

by James Rickards

Economics

Basic Capitalism and Freedom

Basic Capitalism and Freedom

by Milton Friedman

The Resourceful Earth

by Julian L. Simon and Herman Kahn

The Poverty of Nations

The Poverty of Nations

by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations

by Adam Smith

Economics in One Lesson

Economics in One Lesson

by Henry Hazlitt

The Colder War

by Marin Katusa

The Economics (A common sense guide to the economy)

The Economics (A common sense guide to the economy)

by Thomas Sowell

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

by Rush Limbaugh

Adios, America!

by Ann Coulter

Finance

Security Analysis

Security Analysis

by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd

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The Death of Money

by James Rickards

The Dao of Capital

The Dao of Capital

by Mark Spitznagel

Value Investing (A Balanced Approach)

Value Investing (A Balanced Approach)

by Martin J. Whitman

Currency Wars (The Making of the Next Global Crisis)

Currency Wars (The Making of the Next Global Crisis)

by James Rickards

Financial History

“There is no better teacher than history in determining the future… There are answers worth billions of dollars in a $30 history book.”  Charles T. Munger

The end of Ethics and a Way Back

The end of Ethics and a Way Back

by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

Lords of Finance (The Bankers who Broke the World)

Lords of Finance (The Bankers who Broke the World)

by Liaquat Ahamed

The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

by Niall Ferguson

When Money Dies

When Money Dies

by Adam Fergusson

This Time is Different (Eight Centuries of Financial Folly)

This Time is Different (Eight Centuries of Financial Folly)

by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

Too Big To Fail

Too Big To Fail

by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Googled (The End of the World as We Know It)

Googled (The End of the World as We Know It)

by Ken Auletta

Philosophy

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The Liberty Amendments

by Mark R. Levin

The History of Philosophy (9 Volumes)

The History of Philosophy (9 Volumes)

by Frederick Copleston

Pushing the Antithesis (The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen)

Pushing the Antithesis (The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen)

editor Gary DeMar

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology

by John M. Frame

The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer (5 Volume Set)

The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer (5 Volume Set)

by Francis A. Schaeffer

The Victory of Reason

The Victory of Reason

by Rodney Stark

Sociology and Psychology

The Tragedy of American Compassion

The Tragedy of American Compassion

by Marvin Olasky

The Road to Serfdom

The Road to Serfdom

by Friedrich A. Hayek

The Death of Character (Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil)

The Death of Character (Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil)

by James Davison Hunter

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

by David S. Landes

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

by Alexis de Tocqueville

When Character was King (A Story of Ronald Reagan)

When Character was King (A Story of Ronald Reagan)

by Peggy Noonan

After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

by Mark Steyn

The Bin Ladens (An Arabian Family in the American Century)

The Bin Ladens (An Arabian Family in the American Century)

by Steve Coll

Intellectuals

Intellectuals

by Paul Johnson

Theology

Kingdom through Covenants

Kingdom through Covenants

by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum

Institutes of the Christian Religion

Institutes of the Christian Religion

by John Calvin

The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism

The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism

by D.A. Carson

Lectures on Calvinism, The Stone Lectures of 1898

Lectures on Calvinism, The Stone Lectures of 1898

by Abraham Kuyper

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

by Thomas Schreiner

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by Stephen J. Wellum

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

by Gregg Allison

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