Our Readers’ Favorite Investment Books

Our Readers’ Favorite Investment Books
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Black Friday Amazon is hot and we are here to help – Our readers love reading. I have read over 100 books in 2016 (thanks in part to Audible) which is my all time record – and with Black Friday coming up you might want to check out as Mario Gabelli would say deals, deals and… deals. So consider a book (or any other present) for yourself, or as a gift.

Using our Amazon Affiliates account we looked at the most popular books purchased by readers so far for 2016 (1/01//2016-11/20/2016)  – data was compiled not by revenue but total number of physical books purchased (we did not include e-book data or audible- we do not list books twice ie there are several different versions of “Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham which were #1 and #2, there also different formats like hardcover, softcover, CD etc.   We just listed it once using the most popular version – note there are some classics in here but also some great new and newish books – check them out below.

First index followed by list of the top ten books followed by more description – Descending from most orders – check out for potential Black Friday Amazon deals

SALT New York: Canyon, Mudrick, Fortress And Sculptor On Finding Distressed Value

At the 2021 SALT New York conference, which was held earlier this week, one of the panels on the main stage discussed the best macro shifts coming out of the pandemic and investing in value amid distress. The panel featured: Todd Lemkin, the chief investment officer of Canyon Partners; Peter Wallach, the managing director and Read More

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  1. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel by Ben Graham and Jason Zweig
  2. The Lessons of History by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  3. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
  4. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
  5. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Peter D. Kaufman (Editor), Ed Wexler (Illustrator), Warren E. Buffett (Foreword), Charles T. Munger
  6. Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett: Twenty Cases by Yefei Lu
  7. Why Stocks Go Up and Down, 4E William H. Pike, Patrick C. Gregory CFA
  8. Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The Worlds by Mary Buffett
  9. Quality of Earnings by Thornton L. O’glove
  10. The Art of Short Selling by Kathryn F. Staley

More description below for select books which our readers might not be as familiar with


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Black Friday Amazon deal 2. The Lessons of History

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.


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How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.


Black Friday Amazon deal 6. Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett: Twenty Cases


Since the 1950s, Warren Buffett and his partners have backed some of the twentieth century’s most profitable, trendsetting companies. But how did they know they were making the right investments? What did Buffet and his partners look for in an up-and-coming company, and how can others replicate their approach?

A gift to Buffett followers who have long sought a pattern to the investor’s success, Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett presents the most detailed analysis to date of Buffet’s long-term investment portfolio. Yefei Lu, an experienced investor, starts with Buffett’s interest in the Sanborn Map Company in 1958 and tracks nineteen more of his major investments in companies like See’s Candies, the Washington Post, GEICO, Coca-Cola, US Air, Wells Fargo, and IBM. Accessing partnership letters, company documents, annual reports, third-party references, and other original sources, Lu pinpoints what is unique about Buffett’s timing, instinct, use of outside knowledge, and postinvestment actions, and he identifies what could work well for all investors in companies big and small, domestic and global. His substantial chronology accounts for broader world events and fluctuations in the U.S. stock market, suggesting Buffett’s most important trait may be the breadth of his expertise.

Black Friday Amazon deal 7. Why Stocks Go Up and Down, 4E

Why Stocks Go Up and Down is an in depth introduction to stocks and bonds. It explains the basics of of financial statement analysis, cash flow generation, stock price valuation, and more. Commonly misunderstood terms such as “capitalize”, “equity,” and “diluted earnings” are explained clearly. Stock valuation methods including price/earnings ratio, price/cash flow ratio, and Enterprise Value / EBITDA are covered. The book is about fundamentals; it is not an investment system or “how to make a million dollars in the market”. The subtitle, “The Book You Need To Understand Other Investment Books” says it best. That subtitle is the result of comments received from readers over many years

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