There are literally hundreds published each year, of course, and deciding which one is worth reading is always a challenge.
However, here's a few that I have on my shelf at home, and may be useful for others as well.
As I put together this list, I was struck by the fact that most of these books have been out for some time.
Some of this, of course, could simply be a reflection of my age, but I also think it indicates that I tend to go for books that have proven the test of time. Too many investment books, in my opinion, tend towards the "get rich quick" approach which I don't really favor.
I'm sure I'll miss a few, but here are some that I have found useful over the years.
I have listed these in no particular order, by the way.
- The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias
- Common Stocks, Uncommon Profits - Philip Fisher
- Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Edwin LeFevre
- One Up on Wall Street - Peter Lynch
- The Money Game - "Adam Smith"
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel
- The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham
- Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein
- When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management - Roger Lowenstein
- Irrational Exuberence - Robert Shiller
- Paper Money - "Adam Smith"
More Specialized Books:
- Technical Analysis of the Futures Market - John Murphy
- Valuing a Stock - Gary Gray, Patrick Cusatis, Randall Woolridge
- Inside the Yield Book - Sidney Homer and Martin Leibowitz
- Options As a Strategic Investment - Lawrence McMillan
- Who Says Elephants Can't Dance - Louis Gerstner, Jr.
- The Smartest Guys in the Room - Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
- Beat the Dealer - Edward Thorp