Most popular books of 2014 purchased “on” ValueWalk.

Methodology: We took a look via Amazon affiliates (note: we have no idea who bought what – Amazon keeps the details confidential – so no worries about privacy – as anything you buy is only known to you, Amazon, and snooping neighbors) to see most purchased books referred from ValueWalk from January 1st 2014-Dec 20th 2014 to see what books our readers purchased and which people reading this post might be interested in reading.

We decided to remove outliers since otherwise the list would be mostly the same ever year. By outliers we refer to ‘classic’ investment books ie  The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel by Ben Graham and You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt were the most purchased books, and many other classic value books were high up on the list. Below are the top books purchased by readers excluding those outliers. For the most part, we only included books published within the past two years.

See Ten Most Popular Books Readers Bought On ValueWalk In 2013 here

Most popular books in descending order…. drum-roll….

1. The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments by John Mihaljevic

Reveals the proprietary framework used by an exclusive community of top money managers and value investors in their never-ending quest for untapped investment ideas

2. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (note: even though this book is a ‘classic’ we included it on the list since it only recently became a ‘hot’ item after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett gave it a strong endorsement) by John Brooks

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America

3. The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks

Howard Marks’s The Most Important Thing distilled the investing insight of his celebrated client memos into a single volume and, for the first time, made his time-tested philosophy available to general readers. In this edition, Marks’s wisdom is joined by the comments, insights, and counterpoints of four renowned investors and investment educators: Christopher C. Davis (Davis Funds), Joel Greenblatt (Gotham Capital), Paul Johnson (Nicusa Capital), and Seth A. Klarman (Baupost Group).

4. The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment by Guy Spier

What happens when a young hedge fund manager spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a true value investor.

5. Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations by Tobias E. Carlisle

Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations is a must-read exploration of deep value investment strategy, describing the evolution of the theories of valuation and shareholder activism from Graham to Icahn and beyond.

6. Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values by Larry Cunningham

Berkshire Hathaway, the $300+ billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world’s largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book challenges that assumption.

7. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition (A classic book – since it was recently updated so we decided to included it)  Larry Cunningham

* Buffett strongly recommends “THE ESSAYS” (“first class”)
* Also endorsed: “BERKSHIRE BEYOND BUFFETT” (an amazon “hot new title”)

8. Investing in India: A Value Investor’s Guide to the Biggest Untapped Opportunity in the World by Rahul Saraogi

A practical, real-world guide to investing in India

9. Dream Big: How the Brazilian Trio behind 3G Capital – Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Beto Sicupira Acquired Anheuser-Busch, Burger King and Heinz by Cristiane Correa

My friend – and now partner – Jorge Paulo and his team are among the best businessmen in the world. He is a fantastic person and his story should be an inspiration to everybody, as it is for me.” – Warren Buffett

10. Global Value: How to Spot Bubbles, Avoid Market Crashes, and Earn Big Returns in the Stock Market by Meb Faber

Investment bubbles and speculative manias have existed for as long as humans have been involved in markets. Is it possible for investors to identify emerging bubbles and then profit from their inflation? Likewise, can investors avoid the bursting of these bubbles, and the extreme volatility and losses found in their aftermath to survive to invest another day? Over 70 years ago, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd proposed valuing stocks with earnings smoothed across multiple years.

Top Ten Finance Books Purchased In 2014 By Our Readers