Books

I read on average about one book per week. Books that have influenced how I think about finance are listed below, with the most influential in bold. Please note that just because I read it and was influenced by it does not mean that I agree with everything in it. I also included some of my favorite fiction at the bottom for fun.

Links on this page go to my book reviews.

Personal Finance

Economics

  • Advanced Macroeconomics by David Romer
  • The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays by Richard M. Ebeling
  • Control or Economic Law by Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk
  • Debts, Defaults, Depressions, and Other Delightful Ditties from the Dismal Science by Bryan Taylor
  • Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan
  • Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King
  • A History of the United States in Five Crashes by Scott Nations
  • Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
  • Janet Yellen Reader by The Ashford Journal of Progressive Economic Studies
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
  • Man, Economy, and the State by Murray N. Rothbard
  • Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee
  • Praxeology & Understanding: An Analysis of the Controversy in Austrian Economics by George Selgin
  • Prices and Production and Other Works by Friedrich Hayek
  • Principles of Economics by Carl Menger
  • On Borrowed Time: Assessing the Threat of Mineral Depletion by John Tilton
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
  • That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen by Frédéric Bastiat
  • Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Investing & Finance

  • Active Value Investing by Vitaly N. Katsenelson
  • All About Asset Allocation by Richard A. Ferri
  • The Active Asset Allocator: How ETF’s Can Supercharge Your Portfolio by Jennifer Woods
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Buffett’s Bites by L.J. Rittenhouse
  • Buffettology and The New Buffettology by Mary Buffett
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip A. Fisher
  • The Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier
  • Financial Literacy for Managers by Richard A. Lambert
  • Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation by James M. Wahlen, Stephen P. Baginski, & Mark Bradshaw
  • Get Rich with Dividends by Marc Lichtenfeld
  • Getting Started in Technical Analysis by Jack D. Schwager
  • Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd
  • University of Berkshire Hathaway by Daniel Pecaut and Corey Wrenn
  • The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom
  • Time the Markets: Using Technical Analysis to Interpret Economic Data by Charles D. Kirkpatrick

Business

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values by Lawrence A. Cunningham
  • Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
  • Business Adventures by John Brooks
  • Business, Government, and Society by John F. Steiner
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Makes the Leap… and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
  • Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors by Marc J. Epstein
  • Operations Management by William J. Stevenson
  • Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It’s Changing the World by Bethany McLean
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman
  • University of Berkshire Hathaway by Daniel Pecaut & Corey Wrenn
  • The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business by Steve Mariotti

Thinking Differently

Leadership and Self-Improvement

  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset on and off the Court by Jay Wright
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly
  • Everything All At Once by Bill Nye
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight

History

  • Against All Enemies by Richard A. Clarke
  • American Dynasty by Kevin Phillips
  • An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
  • A Century of War by John V. Denson
  • Conceived in Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
  • The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Histories by Herodotus
  • The Idea of America by Gordon S. Wood
  • The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson`
  • The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan
  • Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum
  • Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
  • Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis
  • Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Rotner
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Rome: An Empire’s Story by Greg Woolf
  • A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
  • The Tariff History of the United States by F.W. Taussig
  • Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises
  • What Hath God Wrought by David Walker Howe

Biography

  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
  • Bolívar: American Liberator by Marie Arana
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by John Lee Anderson
  • The First Emancipator by Andrew Levy
  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
  • Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler
  • The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Philosophy and Politics

  • Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard
  • A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  • Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn
  • The End of America by Naomi Wolf
  • A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul
  • Good to be King by Michael Badnarik
  • How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future by Steven Levitsky
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Law by Frédéric Bastiat
  • Liberty Defined by Ron Paul
  • The Market for Liberty by Morris Tannehill
  • Memoirs by Ludwig von Mises
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  • The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
  • Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttegieg
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Science

  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker
  • Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
  • Birds by the Shore: Observing the National Life of the Atlantic Coast by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
  • Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Weidensaul
  • Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght
  • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan
  • Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
  • Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte
  • A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration by Kenn Kaufman
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast by Andrew Blum
  • Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen

Memoirs

  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World by Bill Carter
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Fiction

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card*
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin*
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Ignorance by Milan Kundera
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey*
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • Mort(e) by Robert Repino
  • Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer*
  • Orbital Decay by Allen Steele
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Ross Poldark by Winston Graham*
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  • Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • World War Z by Max Brooks

*Series

Graphic Novels

  • Annihilators by Dan Abnett
  • Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Destroyer by Victor LaValle
  • The Extinction Parade by Max Brooks
  • The Hedge Knight by Ben Avery
  • Ms. Marvel by Willow G. Wilson
  • Saga by Brain K. Vaughan
  • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  • Whispers by Joshua Luna
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks