Here are a few informative reads that I would suggest to anyone with shared interests. Each of these books has helped shape my outlook in the realms of stocks, financial research, philosophy, investing, business, geopolitics, dreams, and friendship (in that order). Here’s the list:
The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt
This book was the first I ever read about the stock market. Most importantly, it opened my eyes to the notion that evaluating certain measurable data was a way to guide investment decisions.
Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
The first book showed me the door, but this one showed me the path. There’s little to add that hasn’t already been said, but I view it as the most vital book of its kind ever written. So great my dog literally tried to eat my copy.
The Soros Lectures by George Soros
Overwhelmingly brilliant. Soros’ articulation of the philosophies that have guided his life’s work is definitive and enlightening. One of the world’s greatest investors, and without a doubt, one of my idols.
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Among the many lessons here is the identification of six investment categories: slow growers, stalwarts, fast growers, cyclicals, asset plays, and turn-arounds. Very helpful in building a portfolio.
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Not only did it transform the way I view baseball, but this book shaped how I view business and competitive advantages. Apple may have coined “Think Different,” but the 2002 Oakland A’s helped me understand its importance.
The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
I could not put this book down. Stratfor CEO’s has an incredible understanding of the past and present, and uses both masterfully to make an array of geopolitical predictions (many of which have already come to pass).
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Each year, I set aside a few evenings and reread this book. It’s a wonderful story about the power of dreams, belief, and perseverance.
The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
I read this book when I was 13… I smiled, I laughed, and I cried. You could change that 13 to any age since and the rest of the line would still hold true.