Can you get rich if you read these 10 books? Maybe. We offer the list and a plan to read these books in the next 12 months.
Eighty-five-year-old Warren Buffett shows up in the top ten of many lists for wealth and power. His name comes to mind when the phrase “smart investor” enters in conversations around the globe. His January 2016 net worth as of this writing is $60.7 billion.
A voracious reader, Buffett is known for reading 650 to 1000 pages a day during his early investing years. What did he read then or more importantly, what does he advocate reading now? Many lists exist, but we offer here 1) A Curated List, 2) A Reading Plan, and (3) A Pep Talk. We hope all three help you to reach your investing goals.
We used three different lists that covered recent, but slightly different moments in time.
The first four books on our list were common among all three websites, and then we chose the rest from those that appeared on two of the three lists. If you simply want to go out and buy the books, here are the names and authors. If you want to see what you’re buying and read a little about each one, look below for book covers and a short explanation of each one.
1. The Intelligent Investor Benjamin Graham
“By far the best book on investing ever written.” Warren Buffett
623 Pages. Copyright 1973, updated material 2003
SUMMARY: The preface to the Fourth Edition is by Warren Buffett. This is a book of which Warren Buffett once wrote, ““Picking up that book was one of the luckiest moments in my life.” It is a classic book on value investing…
“Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” – Bill Gates, The Wall Street Journal
459 Pages. Copyright 1953. Updated 1969
SUMMARY: Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. The Edsel, the rise of Xerox and corporate scandals fill this book.
3. The Outsiders, William Thorndike, Jr.
“An outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation.” – Warren Buffett
250 Pages; Copyright 2012
SUMMARY: Financial Times “Thorndike wants to give any manager or business owner the confidence to occasionally do things differently… to make the most of the cards they’re dealt and to delight their shareholders.”
4. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Philip A. Fisher
“I am an eager reader of whatever Phil has to say, and I recommend him to you.” – Warren Buffett
292 Pages, Copyright 1957, 2003
SUMMARY: Philip Fisher’s investment philosophy, first published almost 60 years ago stands the test of time. With updated material by the author’s son, this book will enable the reader to make intelligent investment commitments.
5. Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? Fred Schwed, Jr.
“Schwed’s is the only financial book, out of the hundreds I’ve read, that will provoke you, teach you, and crack you up all at once. “ – Jason Zweig, Money Magazine.
170 Pages, Copyright 1940, 1955, 1995, 2006
SUMMARY: This book offers amusing observations about Wall Street along with stories about its financial players and the clients who bring them business.
6. Essays in Persuasion, John Maynard Keynes
“Essays in Persuasion is a remarkably prophetic volume covering a wide range of issues in political economy.”
384 Pages, Copyright 1940, 2009
SUMMARY from back cover: Essays In Persuasion written by legendary author John Maynard Keynes is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers.
7. Dream Big, Cristiane Correa
SUMMARY from Amazon: “Dream Big presents a detailed behind-the-scenes portrait of the meteoric rise of these three businessmen, from the founding of Banco Garantia in the 1970s to the present day.”
8. Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Jack Bogle
“Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks is to find a fund that charges minimal fees.” – Warren Buffett
216 Pages, Copyright 2007
SUMMARY from Amazon: “Over the course of his long career, Bogle – founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world’s first index mutual fund – has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard’s clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same.”
9. The Most Important Things Illuminated, Howard Marks
“This is that rarity, a useful book.” – Warren Buffett
180 Pages, Copyright 2011
SUMMARY by Andy Wallace: “Howard Marks, Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, writes clearly and persuasively about the importance of risk avoidance when investing in stocks. He emphatically states his belief that risk avoidance by buying at a good value is the key to success. He then spends the rest of the book telling the reader the 18 most important things to consider when buying stocks. His discussion of investor psychology is worth the price of the book by itself.”
10. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, Timothy F. Geithner
592 Pages, Copyright 2015
SUMMARY from Amazon: “As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as President Barack Obama’s secretary of the Treasury, Timothy F. Geithner helped the United States navigate the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, from boom to bust to rescue to recovery. In a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, he takes readers behind the scenes of the crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy.”
We’ve included the number of pages here so you can pick which book you’ll read in each of the ten months ahead of you, with two months off. Divide the number of pages by the number of days in the month, and read that many pages every day. You can also listen to books on audible.com. We know some people that “read” a book a month will have an easier time by listening to the book. You can also go back and read sections you really want to study. But listening is a great way to get through your lists.
Keep reading. Read every day for which you’ve set a reading goal. Warren Buffett recommends reading books on investing so you will know what you’re doing. It’s your money, so you should know what your advisers are telling you. You will be a year older whether or not you read these books. Why not read them all? Happy reading (or listening).
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