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Over the years, I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of great books. Clearly, I cannot recommend them all. The following is a short selection of the better books on investing and general interest. I’ve put ** next to the ones that I most highly recommend.

You’ll notice that there aren’t many pure investment books–this is because investing is rather easy. You buy the best companies that you can with the strongest macro tailwinds at the lowest possible prices. That sums up every investment book ever written. The key instead is to figure out what the macro trends are. This booklist is designed to help you to discover the trends before anyone else has and get positioned for future booms.

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I have.

Investing Books

**You Can Be a Stock Market Genius (Even if you’re not too smart!) by Joel Greenblatt

**Tomorrow’s Gold by Marc Faber

**Riches Among The Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy by Robert P. Smith

Accounting & Knowlege Books

Gold Production From Beginning To End by Mariusz Skonieczny

Quality Of Earnings by Thornton O’Glove

The Financial Numbers Game by Charles Mulford and Eugene Comiskey

Creative Cash Flow Reporting by Charles Mulford and Eugene Cominskey

Financial Shenanigans by Howard Schilit

Great Books Utilizing In-Depth Research and Critical Thinking

**The Grand Strategy Of The Roman Empire From The First Century A.D. To The Third by Edward Luttwak (This is by far my favorite book about finance, portfolio composition and economics. If you do not read this, you are a seriously missing out on one of the greatest finance books of all time).

**Coup d’Etat, A Practical Handbook by Edward Luttwak

**Lost Triumph, Lee’s Real Plan at Gettysburg and Why It Failed by Tom Carhart

**The Wages of Destruction, the Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze

**Poor Charlie’s Almanac by Charlie Munger

The Discovery Of King Arthur by Geoffrey Ashe

Interesting Thought Books

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

**On War by Carl Von Clausewitz

The Vintage Mencken, compiled by Alistair Cooke

**1984 by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Great Books On Travel

In The Footsteps of Alexander The Great by Michael Wood

Investment Biker by Jim Rogers

**Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers

Great History Books

Financial History

The Penniless Billionaires by Max Shapiro

**The Rise and Decline of the Medici Bank, 1397-1494 by Ramond de Roover

**Fiat Money Inflation in France by Andrew Dickson White

**The Economics of Inflation by Costantino Bresciani-Turroni

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon

**For Good and Evil (The Impact of Taxes on the Course Of Civilization) by Charles Adams

The Wealth Of Nations by Adam Smith

A Brief History of Panics by Clement Juglar

The Great Silver Bubble by Stephen Fay

The Match King (Ivar Kreuger) by Frank Partnoy

**Dark Genius of Wall Street (The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould) by Edward Renehan

Tariffs, Blockades and Inflation, the Economics of the Civil War by Mark Thornton and Robert Ekelund

**The History of the Standard Oil Company by Ida Tarbell

Greenspan’s Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve, by William Fleckenstein

A Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal by Robert Murphy

The Forgotten Man a New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes

The Big Score, Robert Friedland and the Voisey’s Bay Hustle by Jacquie McNish

**The Great Crash by John Kenneth Galbraith


**The Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The Agricola and Germania by Tacitus

**The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar

The Civil War by Julius Caesar

The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Julian’s Against the Galileans, translated by Joseph Hoffmann

The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

New Books

April 1865 The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik

1776 by David McCullough

The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather (Kuppy Note: These two books offer great contrasting views of the fall of the Empire. They should definitely be read in conjunction with The Fall first.)

The Ruin of the Roman Empire by James O’Donnell

The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World by Adrian Murdoch

Aurelian and the Third Century by Alaric Watson

A World Undone (The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918) by G.J. Meyer

The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie

Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta by Roger Crowley

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War Of Independence by John Ferling

Great Biographies

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre

From Third World to First, the Singapore Story by Lee Kuan Yew

**My Own Story, by Bernard Baruch

Made In America by Sam Walton

The Reichmanns (Olympia and York) by Anthony Bianco

Call Me Ted by Ted Turner

The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time (About Andy Beal) by Michael Craig

Howard Hughes: The Untold Story by Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske

Howard, the Amazing MR. Hughes by Noah Dietrich

**The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

The First Tycoon, the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

Life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest by John Wyeth

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