List of my favorite investing books

I have sometimes talked about the books I read in this blog. What I consider the essential investing books were discussed in one of my first posts. Books change or shape your ideas and can have a deep influence on your life. Today I had the energy to make a list of all the investment related books that I read or that are on my reading list. If anyone wants to discuss about them or exchange them feel free to contact me. Some of them are about philosophy or economy, but all of them shaped my investing framework. I am certain that if I had not read some of those books I would not be nearly as happy or in control of my personal and financial life as I am today. Most of them were cross referenced by other authors or by people I admire. Feel free to comment on them or mention your favorite ones, like that I can keep updated. Enough words and let’s get on with it … here is the list:

    Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations
    Alexis de Tocqueville – Democracy in America
    Alfred Marshall – The Principles of Economics
    Alice Schroeder – The Snowball- Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
    Andrew Sorkin – Too Big Too Fail
    Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics
    Aswath Damodaran – The Dark Side of Valuation Valuing Young, Distressed, and Complex Businesses
    Atul Gawande – The Checklist Manifesto
    Avner Mandelman – The Sleuth Investor Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their Move
    Barnett Helzberg – What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Developing a Highly Successful Company
    Benjamin Graham and David Dodd – Security Analysis
    Benjamin Graham – The Intelligent Investor
    Benjamin Graham – The interpretation of financial statements
    Benjamin Graham – The Memoirs of the Dean of Wall Street
    Bettina Bien Greaves – Free Market Economics
    Bruce Greenwald – Globalization n. The Irrational Fear That Someone in China Will Take Your Job
    Buffett at Notre Dame, 3 lectures
    Carl E. Walter – Red Capitalism The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise
    Charles Brandes – Value Investing Today
    Charles Mackay – Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
    Charlie Munger – Art of Stock Picking
    Charlie Munger on the psychology of human misjudgement
    Christopher Browne – The Little Book of Value Investing
    Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends And Influence People
    David Einhorn – Fooling Some of the People All of the Time
    David Hume – Treatise of human nature
    David Ricardo – Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
    Dickson G. Watts – Speculation as a Fine Art
    Edward Altman – Corporate Financial Distress and Bankruptcy Predict and Avoid Bankruptcy, Analyze and Invest in Distressed Debt
    Edward O. Thorp & Sheen T. Kassouf – Beat the Market—A Scientific Market System
    Edwin Lefevre – Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
    Eric Tyson – Real Estate Investing For Dummies
    Eric W. Richardson – The Ivy Portfolio How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets
    Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk – Capital and interest
    Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, The Positive Theory of Capital
    Faustino Ballve – Essentials of Economics
    F. A. Hayek – The Road to Serfdom
    Financial Shenanigans How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks &
    Fraud in Financial Reports
    Fortune’s Formula – William Poundstone
    Fred Schwed Jr. – Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street
    Frederic Bastiat – Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas (That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen)
    Friedman, Milton – Capitalism and Freedom
    Gary Eldred – Make Money with Small Income Properties
    George Clarson – The Richest Man In Babylon
    George Soros – The Alchemy of Finance
    Guy Wyser-Pratte – Risk Arbitrage
    Henry Hazlitt – Economics in One Lesson
    Jack Welch – Winning
    James Allen – As a man thinketh
    James Allen – The Path of Prosperity
    James O’Loughlin – The Real Warren Buffett, Managing Capital, Leading People
    Janet Lowe – Damn right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger
    Janet Lowe – Warren Buffett Speaks
    Jeffrey Towson – What Would Ben Graham Do Now
    Jesse Livermore – How To Trade In Stocks
    Jim Rogers – A Bull in China Investing Profitably in the World’s Greatest Market
    Joel Greenblatt – The Little Book That Beats the Market
    Joel Greenblatt – You Can Be A Stock Market Genius
    John Bates Clark, The Distribution of Wealth
    John Price – 9 Investing Secrets of Warren Buffett
    John Stuart Mill – Principles of Political Economy
    Joseph Calandro – Applied Value Investing The Practical Application of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett’s Valuation Principles to Acquisitions, Catastrophe Pricing and Business Execution
    Judith Johnstone – Pass That Interview Your Systematic Guide to Coming Out on Top
    Karl Menger – Principles of Economics
    Keipper and Lyden – How to Succeed & Make Money With Your First Rental House
    Ken Auletta – Googled
    Keynes, J. – The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
    Lawrence A. Cunningham – How to Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett
    Ludwig Von Mises – Human Action
    Ludwig Von Mises – The Theory of Money and Credit
    Ludwig Von Mises – Socialism
    Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers- The Story of Success
    Martin Whitman – Distress Investing Principles and Technique
    Martin Whitman – The Aggressive Conservative Investor
    Mary Buffett – Buffettology
    Mary Buffett – Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements- The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
    Matt Ridley – The Rational Optimist
    Michael Lewis – Liar’s Poker
    Michael Lewis – The Big Short, Inside the Doomsday Machine
    Mohnish Pabrai – Mosaic – Perspectives on Investing
    Mohnish Pabrai – The Dhandho Investor – The Low Risk Value Method to High Returns
    Murray N. Rothbard – America’s Great Depression
    Murray N. Rothbard – Man Economy and State
    Murray N. Rothbard – What Has Government Done to Our Money?
    Murray N. Rothbard – Mystery of Banking
    Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Fooled by Randomness The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb – The Black Swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    Percy L. Greaves, Jr. – Understanding The Dollar Crisis
    Peter D. Schiff – Crash Proof
    Peter Lynch – Beating The Street
    Peter Lynch – Learn to Earn A Beginner’s Guide to the Basics of Investing and Business
    Philip Fisher – Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
    Philip Wicksteed – The commonsense of political economy
    Robert G. Hagstrom – The Warren Buffett Way
    Robert Skiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
    Roger Lowenstein – Buffett The Making of an American Capitalist
    Roger Lowenstein – When Genius Failed The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
    Scott Patterson – The Quants How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It
    Seth Klarman – Margin of Safety
    Sham M. Gad – The Business of Value Investing Six Essential Elements to Buying Companies Like Warren Buffett
    Spinoza – Ethics
    Stephen G. Moyer – Distressed Debt Analysis Strategies for Speculative Investors
    Stephen Taub – The Value of Seth Klarman
    Steven D. Levitt – Superfreakonomics
    Steven Levy – In The Plex~How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
    Supermoney by Adam Smith
    The Essays Of Warren Buffett – Lessons For Corporate America
    The Way of the Superior Man
    Thomas J. Stanley – The Millionaire Next Door
    Thomas Kirchner – Merger Arbitrage How to Profit from Event-Driven Arbitrage
    Thomas R. Ittelson – Financial Statements
    Timothy Sykes – An American Hedge Fund How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund
    Trevor Ganshaw – Hedge Funds, Humbled The 7 Mistakes That Brought Hedge Funds to Their Knees and How They Will Rise Again
    Vahan Janjigian – Even Buffett Isn’t Perfect What You Can–and Can’t–Learn from the World’s Greatest Investor
    Warren Buffett: Letters to Berkshire Shareholders

I leave you with one of my favorite pictures:

Happy reading!

About jrv

I was born in Spain and lived in Belgium, Chile, France, USA, Argentina among other places. Currently I am trying to settle down in a wild place. I am "retired", even though now I dedicate more hours "working" for my investments than I ever worked in the real labor market where I used to work in IT and Banking. I am a family man, I have a lovely wife, several sons and one step daughter. I have humble tastes, I like to stay home and read about companies and investments. I started investing at 25 before the internet bubble exploded. I did not know much about investing and liked technical analysis so my results were pretty bad. Fortunately I did not have much to lose. Some years later in 2006 bored of doing only real state investments and with quite a lot of money saved I opened an account in a cheap and excellent online broker and started again. This time I did not want to commit the same mistake, so I decided to follow a model. I heard that Warren Buffett was the best at making money via stocks so I started by reading a lot about him, all of his shareholders letters and several of the books that he recommended. I learned a lot, started applying his investing principles and reading a lot of 10K's. Digested news from lots of different sources. Basically I started buying very good and cheap companies and holding them for ever if possible and if nothing changed fundamentally. When the housing crisis started I was more than 75% cash. At that time I identified good companies at incredibly cheap prices so I invested most of my savings in stocks. In less than I year I doubled. By the second semester of 2009 I turned my software company into an investment vehicle and dedicated myself full time to it. My wife and I decided to change our lifestyle and moved from Belgium to the beach in a wild country. The goal was to keep fixed costs low in order to be able to live with a minimum 6-8% yearly return but specially to move away from the inhuman life of civilization and to have finally some peace and sunny weather to concentrate better on investing. Now I can think and study about companies 60 hours a week and I am doing great. I can finally do what I want full time and can proudly say that I have never been so happy, specially also with my just born 4th son, my other great kids and my sweet wife who supports me fully while I study most of the day and patiently wait for the opportunity to make a swing ! You can learn a bit more about my portfolio by viewing it at or you may learn more about me and my family by following the link "Author's site" from the menu above.
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  5. Hörnla says:

    Thank you for posting this splendid and inspiring list – several ideas for further reading. Being a very long-term investor I have found the books of Jim Collins (eg Build to last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall, Great by Choice which I am currently reading) extremely interesting because I want to know what makes companies succeed in always changing unstable conditions (although not every great company makes a good investment for my style).

  6. jrv says:

    Thanks! if you have books in electronic format we can trade, if you want.

  7. Hörnla says:

    Hi jrv,
    sorry, concerning books and reading stuff I am very old school I have to admit (everthing on paper .-))

  8. That’s a huge lust, thank you for sharing.
    Here my top list:

    The intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham
    One up with Wall Street by Peter Lynch
    You can be a stock market genius by Joel Greenblatt
    Security analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
    Quality of earnings by O’Oglove
    The Essays of Warren Buffett by Lawrence Cunningham
    Contrarian Investment strategies by David Dreman

  9. jrv says:

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. SWW says:

    Great list of books. Might I suggest one of my all time favorite:

    The Rediscovered of Benjamin Graham by Janet Lowe

  14. jrv says:

    Damn I didn’t read that one looks really interesting!

  15. Emil says:

    Aside from the list you mentioned, I also like these:

    - How to be Rich – Paul Getty
    - As I see it – Paul Getty
    - Richest Man in Babylon
    - Davis Dynasty

  16. jrv says:

    Thanks Emil! The Getty books seem interesting, it’s nice to read from a very rich person how he did it.

  17. Emil says:

    Yes indeed, because aside from him being a prominent oilman, he’s also a very astute stock investor.

  18. Rocha says:

    Muito bom o seu site… Parabéns por compartilhar suas experiências, isso é o melhor da internet. Moro no Brasil e vi que vc tb reside neste País maravilhoso.
    Não posso expressar em palavras o quanto sou grato a pessoas que, como vc, espalham o conhecimento. Obrigado!

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