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10 Books Recommended By Warren Buffett

10 Books Recommended By Warren Buffett

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.

The Curated List of 10 Books Recommended by Warren Buffett

Sound Bite Version…

  1. The Intelligent Investor (623 Pages) Benjamin Graham
  2. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, (459 Pages) John Brooks
  3. The Outsiders, (250 Pages) William Thorndike, Jr.
  4. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, (292 Pages) Philip A. Fisher
  5. Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? (170 Pages) Fred Schwed, Jr.
  6. Essays in Persuasion (384 Pages) John Maynard Keynes
  7. Dream Big (264 Pages) Cristiane Correa
  8. Little Book of Common Sense Investing, (216 Pages) Jack Bogle
  9. The Most Important Things Illuminated (180 Pages) Howard Marks
  10. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises (592 Pages) Timothy F. Geithner 

Title, Author, Quote, Number of Pages, Copyright, Year(s), Summary 

1. The Intelligent Investor Benjamin Graham

Intell Investor

    “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…

    2. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, John Brooks

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    Business Adventures

       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.

      The Outsiders

        “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

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        Common Stocks _Uncommon Profits

          “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.

          Where Are Custs Yachts

            “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

              “Essays in Persuasion is a remarkably prophetic volume covering a wide range of issues in political economy.”

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              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

              Dream Big
                264 Pages, Copyright 2013

                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

                Little Book of Common Sense Investing

                  “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

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                  The most important things

                    “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

                    Stress Test

                      “Sharply worded and candid memoir.” – Financial times

                      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.”

                      Reading Plan

                      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.

                      Pep Talk

                      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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                      5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                      5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                      Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                      Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                      But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                      Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                      But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                      Journal writing.

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                      Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                      Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                      Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                      1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                      By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                      Consider this:

                      Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                      But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                      The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                      2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                      If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                      How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                      Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                      You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                      3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                      As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                      Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                      All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                      4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                      Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                      Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                      The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                      5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                      The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                      It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                      Kickstart Journaling

                      How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                      Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                      Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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