The following is a collection of books which I have discovered over the years to be useful in helping us manage and protect money.  These books stand out in the wide sea of investment tomes which are too often  “vapid in content and repugnant in form” (as John Galbraith once quipped) and worse–potentially damaging to real life people and their capital.

In my experience, wise, unbiased books can be critical in helping us to develop disciplined rules and habits for lasting success with money.   With the long-always investment industry having bought so many of today’s investment “experts”, academics and scholars, learning to recognize and avoid the sales puff junk is key.  Happy reading…

  1. Against the Gods:  The Remarkable Story of Risk                                                             Peter L. Bernstein (Paperback – Sep 14, 1998)
  2. Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships                               John J. Murphy  (Hardcover – Jan 28, 2004)
  3. Just One Thing: Twelve of the World’s Best Investors Reveal the One Strategy You Can’t Overlook                                                                                                               (Paperback – Nov 10, 2006)
  4. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist                                                                  Roger Lowenstein  (Paperback – Aug 18, 1996)
  5. Bull’s Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in A Smoke And Mirrors Market                                                                                                                                              John Mauldin  (Paperback – May 19, 2005)
  6. Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst:  A True Story of Inside Information and Corruption in the Stock Market                                                                                              Daniel Reingold, Jennifer Reingold  (Paperback – May 29, 2007)
  7. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable                                                   Nassim Nicholas Taleb  (Hardcover – Apr 17, 2007)
  8. Mean Markets and Lizard Brains: How to Profit from the New Science of Irrationality                                                                                                                               Terry Burnham  (Hardcover – Feb 8, 2005)
  9. Capital Ideas Evolving                                                                                                                 Peter L. Bernstein  (Hardcover – May 4, 2007)
  10. Bull!: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004                                                          Maggie Mahar  (Paperback – Oct 12, 2004)
  11. Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds                                         Charles Mackay  (Paperback – Jul 25, 1995)
  12. Unexpected Returns: Understanding Secular Stock Market Cycles                                   Ed Easterling  (Hardcover – Apr 30, 2005)
  13. The Great Crash of 1929                                                                                                               John Kenneth Galbraith  (Paperback – Apr 2, 1997)
  14. Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis                                                              Will Bonner, Addison Wiggin  (Paperback – Oct 6, 2006)
  15. Yes, You Can Time the Market!                                                                                                    Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth  (Paperback – Sep 29, 2004)
  16. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing                             Benjamin Graham (Paperback – Feb 21, 2006)
  17. Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises                                            Charles P. Kindleberger  (Paperback – Dec 4, 2000)
  18. The Power of Gold:  The History of an Obsession                                                                  Peter L. Bernstein  (Hardcover – Sep 13, 2000)
  19. Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business And Market Cycle Joseph H. Ellis  (Hardcover – Oct 11, 2005)
  20. Investment Psychology Explained: Classic Strategies to Beat the Markets                    Martin J. Pring  (Paperback – Nov 3, 1995)
  21. Irrational Exuberance                                                                                                                Robert J. Shiller  (Paperback – May 9, 2006)
  22. Probable Outcomes: Secular Stock Mark Insights                                                                      Ed Easterling  (Hardcover – Jan 14, 2011)
  23. The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffett & George Soros: Harness the Investment Genius of the World’s Richest Investors                                                            Mark Tier  (Paperback – Aug 22, 2006)
  24. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management                 Roger Lowenstein  (Paperback – Oct 9, 2001)
  25. Endgame: The End of the Debt SuperCycle and How it Changes Everything                   John Mauldin, Jonathan Tepper  (Hardcover – Mar 8, 2011)
  26. The Age of Deleveraging: Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation                                                                                                                                           A. Gary Shilling  (Hardcover – Nov 9, 2010)
  27. The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust                                                                                                                                        Robert Frank  (Hardcover – Nov 1, 2011)
  28. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder                                                                     Nassim Nicholas Taleb  (Hardcover – Nov 27, 2012)
  29. In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy                       Larry Doyle (Hardcover – Jan 7, 2014)
  30. The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance                                                                        Michael Perino  (Paperback – Sep 27, 2011)