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Mawer’s autumn reads 2020

September 2, 2020

The onset of autumn means ‘tis time for some recommended reads. We asked our Research team to tell us which book they’d read of late that really stood out. Unsurprisingly, we received a varied stack of titles to pique your curiosity and keep you engaged, no matter the season. Happy reading!

Title: The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
Recommended by: Alex Romaines, Equity Analyst

Not just for athletes, this book delves into how to master self-doubt and anxiety, hone your discipline, and perform at your best.

Title: How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
Author: Matt Ridley
Recommended by: Amit Shah, Equity Analyst

An exploration into the mysterious process of innovation by tracing commonalities between well-known examples and why we need to change how we think in order to keep it flourishing in society.

Title: No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses
Author: Peter Piot
Recommended by: David Ragan, Director, Portfolio Manger, International Equity, EAFE Large Cap

Reading this book during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic may have been eerie in some respects, but mostly it was illuminating to learn about the initial Ebola outbreak followed closely by the AIDS pandemic from the perspective of the intrepid microbiologist Peter Piot, who specializes in fighting infectious diseases.

Title: Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming our Primal Instincts
Author: Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
Recommended by: Karan Phadke, Equity Analyst

A spicy title indeed, but the book grounds itself in Darwin’s evolutionary theory as well as takes a biology lens to dissect human nature, our impulses, as well as offer steps for how to tame our behavioural biases.

Title: Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies
Author: Geoffrey West
Recommended by: Paul Moroz, CIO, Portfolio Manager, Global Equity, Global Small Cap Equity

Spurred by a fascination with aging and mortality, physicist Geoffrey West examines the hidden mathematical laws and systems structuring everything from plant life, to mammal circulatory systems, cities, and why some businesses thrive over others. In short? It uncovers the hidden math all around us.

Title: Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace
Author: Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis
Recommended by: Samir Taghiyev, Equity Analyst

A critical look at the rising inequality within countries as a result of competing national interests of global economic powers such as China, Europe, and the United States.

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