Rule #1: We definitely talk about book club.

On today’s special episode of The Banyan Edge Podcast, I’m joined by Adam O’Dell and Amber Lancaster to chat about their current favorite reads.

Gems like the little-known dynamics of pirate economies. How investing theories and strategies adapt over time. And even how the “winner takes all” idea affects moneymaking in sports — from the players to the fat-cat industry runners.

(And please stick around for a fun survey at the end of this post!)

In Today’s Podcast:

  • The self-proclaimed secret to Warren Buffett’s success. [0:30]
  • Amber’s pick: The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson. The pioneering practices of Blackbeard, Black Bart Roberts and more. [1:20]
  • Adam’s pick: Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew W. Lo. How investing strategies adapt to market moves (and the people making them). [8:55]
  • My pick: An Economist Goes to the Game: How to Throw Away $580 Million and Other Surprising Insights from the Economics of Sports by Paul Oyer. The true “moneyball” mentality across various sports, and how athletes play the game of economics. [13:35]
  • Mike Carr’s pick: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. Here’s for all you history buffs! [18:10]
  • Ian King’s pick: Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia. A fascinating read on the science, technology, psychology and nutrition of living longer. [18:55]


Tune in to today’s episode below!

(Or read a transcript.)


What Are YOU Reading? 📖

What are you reading for book club?

We hope you enjoyed this episode of “Banyan Book Club!” We just want to know…

If you have a couple minutes, please go to this survey to tell us what you’re reading.

And if you liked this episode, have comments or questions, just shoot us an email at!

More Edge: Investing Opportunity 💸

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading!

If you’re looking for your next investing opportunity, I’ve got one more recommendation for you…

Aside from Oyer’s sports economics manifesto, I also just finished reading Adam O’Dell’s latest research — on the top small-cap stocks neglected by the market.

Fascinating stuff! In that report, he theorizes: “In both 2009 and 2002 the average price of the top 10 stocks was below $5. Yet those stocks have gone on to surge more than 6,900% and 16,500% respectively.”

And those $5 stocks, he’s discovered, could surge as high as 500% or more this year. So if you want to learn more about his hand-picked recommendations in the small-cap space, check out Adam’s free webinar here.

Happy Monday, and happy reading!

Charles Sizemore's SignatureCharles SizemoreChief Editor, The Banyan Edge