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Jan 16, 2022 - 7:40pm

Favorite Books:

Non-fiction: Behave by Sapolsky, Thinking, Fast & Slow, Kahneman

Fiction: Infinite Jest, Wallace; Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

Finance Books: The Partnership, Charles Ellis; The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis, Andrew Lo

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Jan 17, 2022 - 7:32am
MitchMitchell, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I try to completely avoid business related books for leisure. You work all day. Read something unrelated. It makes you sound more interesting.

  • Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. Corbett was a colonel in the British army and widely regarded as the greatest hunter of all time. This book is his recounting of tracking and killing infamous man eating tigers / and leopards in early 20th century India
  • The US Army in Iraq by the US Army War college. Basically gives the narrative of how swiftly the US took down the Baathists and how the insurgency that eventually begot ISIS unfolded
  • Napoleón: a Life by Andrew Roberts. Probably the best English biography of Napoleon. Very rich and detailed, especially concerning Napoleon's greatest victories(Austerlitz, Marengo, Ulm), and his worst defeats( Russia, Spain, Waterloo)
  • Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. Easily the best book written on Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion on Christmas 1979 to the day before Sept.11
  • Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman. Awesome book about the underreported history of Israel's targeted assassination program

I'm a big follower of history/foreign affairs, but all of those listed are page turners

Jan 18, 2022 - 10:03pm
passionfruit42, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Love foreign affairs. Have you found this to be a common interest for other folks on the street, or topic of discussion at all (outside ofc the EM guys).

Jan 17, 2022 - 11:57am
@Leonard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Best: Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Also good: The red and the black by Stendhal

The lady of the camellias by Alexandre Dumas

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

There are tons of other classics that are pure gold but these ones that are the most meaningful/interesting in my opinion.

Jan 17, 2022 - 3:32pm
Dick Steele, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter, Europe Central by William T. Vollmann, Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby. Hard Rain Falling is such a great read. Probably in the top 10 for me. Recently started the fist volume in Vollmann's Seven Dreams series and it's awesome so far. For other "fun" reading Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy was great. Read the whole thing in like two weeks. 

Jan 17, 2022 - 4:17pm
Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Extremely fond memories of the Inheritance Cycle from when I was a kid. Eragon was a banger.

Below are some of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to that I think anyone would enjoy:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Wolf of Wall Street

World War Z


The Queen's Gambit

The White Tiger

The Road

Another great book is Spearhead. There is actual footage of the main tank battle on YouTube - it's insane to read the story and then be able to watch an actual WWII tank battle happen with your own eyes. I've spent countless hours reading up and watching the short film about those events.

I'm a big WWII guy, so I read pretty much any books relating to the time period that I can get my hands on.

Jan 17, 2022 - 9:17pm
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Arroz con Pollo

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I rarely see people recommend this outside of niche forums/sites, but this is some of the most hilarious writing I've ever read in my life. Definitely due for a reread.

World War Z

One of my best high school friends borrowed this book from me and then gave it to his psycho cousin who he never got it back from. Anyway, we really liked this book and said how it should have been made into a HBO miniseries instead, where each interview is an episode, or maybe a 3 series show with the first setting the scene, the second in the middle, and the last season after it's all over, which is more how the book is set up. Either way, that would have been infinitely better than that piece of shit movie Brad Pitt made, and would have been way better than the Walking Dead, which I stopped watching as season 2 was completely unwatchable and boring.

EDIT: also dude, the Eragon movie was trash but not gonna lie, while the video game sucked overall too, it was actually hilarious in how so many of the moves were basically wrestler moves instead of using the sword. If you like fantasy, or even if you don't but want to get a feeling of nostalgia, I'd recommend LOTR or the Silmarillion, which is nerdy as hell but a great read imo.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jan 17, 2022 - 4:54pm
2rigged2fail, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Books ive read

** indicates a must read

Psycho cybernetics

Feeling good

Start with Why

Radical Candor

Mr. Pikes

An Actor Prepares

Meisners On Acting

7 Habits of Highly effective people **
48 laws of power
Moonwalking with Einstein
50th Law - Robert Greene
Mastery - Robert Greene
The Defining Decade **
At left brain turn right
Thinking Fast and Slow
The Art of thinking Clearly
Influence - Robert Cialdini **
Steal like an artist **
How to win friends and influence people
4 hour work week **
A new world - Eckhart tolle
the charisma myth
Never eat alone
Bird by Bird
On writing - stephen king **
Strategize to win - carla harris
Think and grow rich - napoleon hill
See you at the top
Mans search for meaning - viktor frankl
Outliers - malcolm gladwell
How to talk to anyone
The magic of thinking big
Emotional intelligience - daniel goleman
The wisdom of the crowds
The greatest salesman in the world
Benjamin Franklin autobiography
Focus - daniel goleman
mans search for meaning

The power of habit - Charles Duhigg

The Alchemists - Jim Ratcliffe

Philosophy -
The Daily Stoic - 366 days of wisdom
Tae te ching - Lao Tze
Meditations - Marcus Aurelius **
Senecas letters
Platos The republic
Courage - osho
Siddhartha - Herman hesse
Thus spake zarathustra - friedrich neitzche



The Alchemists
Shoe Dog**
Ray Dalios Principles
The King of Capital - Steve Schwarzman biography
Guide to investing - Robert Kiyosaki
Liars Poker **
Cold Steel
Barbarians at the Gate
Young Money
The Masters of Private Equity and venture capital
New tycoons

Investment Banking Books

Distressed Investing

CDO Modelling

The red pill/manosphere/girl game-
The rational male - rollo tomassi **
How to be a 3% man - corey wayne

Consulting -
The pyramid principle
The McKinsey Way

My manor - Charlie Richardson (arguably a business book)

Fictional -
The Fountainhead - ayn rand **
The alchemist - paolo coelho
The old man and the sea
Les Miserables **
Atlas Shrugged

Great Expectations ••

the idiot - Dostoyevsky 

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Jan 17, 2022 - 9:21pm
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Books ive read

Thus spake zarathustra - friedrich neitzche

I tried to listen to the audiobook of this last year but it was really hard to follow, maybe I'll try again.

Great Expectations ••

You're the only person I've ever heard of other than English teachers to recommend this book.

Really dig your other recommendations though, I'll have to get through some of those.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

Jan 18, 2022 - 3:51pm
2rigged2fail, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thus Spake Zarathustra - This is one of the most difficult books to read. You're not alone there. 

Great Expectations - The way Dickens writes is beautiful. I'm still working my way through it. Good resource to enhance your vocab.

Jan 18, 2022 - 11:42am
PeRmAnEnTiNtErN, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I cannot stress this enough,  but everyone in College and under the age 27 should read the defining decade.  It's a quick read that really helps you think about structuring your life.   

Jan 18, 2022 - 6:44pm
Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1 SB for The Alchemist, I actually cant believe I didnt list it as my favorite. Easily the best philosophical book I've ever read. It  made me reflect deeper than I thought any piece of literature ever would and try to figure out if I was on the right path as I navigated my own life. Everyone should read that book during their 20s, or if they feel an existential crisis coming on. It is the only book I would describe as truly powerful. I must have read close to 1000 books and I doubt Ill ever read another that I have such a visceral reaction too.

Jan 18, 2022 - 9:08pm
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One of my teachers read it aloud to us in elementary school, and it was fantastic back then, even if I didn't fully understand it. I actually haven't read it again since then, but the plot and many of lines have kept with me, including one of my favorite:

"I'm an old, superstitious Arab, and I believe in our proverbs. There's one that says, 'Everything that happens once can never happen again. But anything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.'"

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jan 19, 2022 - 11:27am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+SB for Robert Greene. That dude changed my life (seriously). 

Jan 18, 2022 - 4:39pm
MorderN, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can't reccomend this book enough. A truely great surfing autobiography and travel novel. Will give you wanderlust

Jan 17, 2022 - 8:53pm
Undercover meme, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a big interest in a genre called hard SiFi (premise is none of the contents can violate known scientific findings; pretty typical to find papers / a citation section at the back).

Best book I've read is Blindsight - Peter Watts but a more gentle introduction would be any of Andy Weir's stuff (Artemis, The Martian, Hail Mary). Another great popular series is The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu 

"one for the money two for the better green 3 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine" - M.F. Doom

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Jan 17, 2022 - 9:24pm
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

We have this post almost more frequently than the endless prestige rankings now, but at least people recommend good stuff.

My plug is Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Beyond writing about the history and some misconceptions, the author does a fantastic job of highlighting Temujin's management style which has some takeaways.

2 great audiobooks I listened to in the pandemic:

  • American Kingpin, about the Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road website
  • The Children of Hurin, set in the Silmarillion (before LOTR and the upcoming Amazon show) and narrated by Christopher Lee (the guy that played Saruman)

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jan 18, 2022 - 12:49am
Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Three books I absolutely loved every page of: 

1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World - Michael Lewis (Finance). One of his lesser talked about books, but easily his most interesting in my opinion. Great overview of the impact of globalization on various economies around the world, and Lewis uses the 2007 financial crisis as an extreme event to demonstrate global economic interdependencies, from Ireland, to Greece, to Iceland. 

2. The Secret History - Donna Tart (Fiction / Best Book Ever). Spoiler alert: this is a weird one and may not be for the majority of users. Had to recommend it as it is my favorite book of all time. Focuses on a lost California kid as he navigates a niche, elite liberal arts college in New England. The main concepts range from purpose to religion to dealing with extreme and unexpected circumstances. There is truly no good summary for this book. This book references a lot of Greek and Latin phrasing and is not a quick read, so many users expecting immediate satisfaction will likely be disappointed. 

3. Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (Non-Fiction). This book is the epitome of inspiring, and is incredibly eye-opening for anyone unfamiliar with the fairly secretive Navy Seal experience. Side note, if I could do it all over again I would try out to be a SEAL, so I have read a lot on the subject. However, this book deals with far more than just what it takes to become a SEAL, but how to overcome the most horrific and difficult problems life can throw at you. 

Lastly, I would consider all three of these to be 10/10 books, but they are all tailored to my areas of interest. Including brief descriptions so as to save folks time. 

Edit: Also hot take, most finance books aren't very interesting. Most of us work in finance, are friends with people in finance, use our free time to talk about our time in finance, and are on a finance forum currently reading this... 

Honorable Mention (Finance): However, if you want to read a FANTASTIC finance-oriented true story, read Red Notice. This is an extremely interesting book about one of the first American investors in Russia. Russia is what makes this book a true page turner, but there is a significant finance theme throughout. 

One final thought - Upvote OP's thread if you're reading this so we can continue to get a lot of traffic on this topic. It would be great to have an eclectic range of new book recommendations from WSO users across the globe. 

Jan 18, 2022 - 11:45am
rezjopls, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hey man, I loved the Secret History too. Read it last year. Chased that high and read a bunch of similar books that you may like:

- If We Were Villains by Rio: so good, basically the Secret History but replace the greek mythology with Shakespeare. must read if you liked SH

- The Atlas Six by Blake and Piranesi by Clarke: Both of these are a little weird, but similar themes to SH and great writing. Would rec both

- Ninth House by Bardugo, Vicious & Vengeful by Schwab: these 3 are geared a bit towards the YA crowd, so didn't like them as much. Still worth a read

- The Maidens by Michaelides: just ok, wouldn't really recommend unless you have nothing else to read


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Jan 18, 2022 - 8:47am
BAIIPlus, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Like movies, there are so many great, but I would try to point out few:

Generally - biographies of interesting people

Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers - this has been mentioned few times

William H. McRaven -  Make Your Bed, Sea stories and others - retired US admiral and Navy Seal

Peter D. Kaufman - Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger - did not see this get mentioned often, but absolute recommendation, wealth of wisdom on life primarily, then business, investing etc.

Jan 18, 2022 - 4:29pm
rezjopls, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice list, I read Crime & Punishment last year and liked it. Made it one of my goals this year to tackle Brothers Karamazov


Jan 18, 2022 - 12:19pm
oatmeal360, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you want to be a more well-rounded person, with a better worldview and a decolonized mind, I'd recommend these.

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Any of Federick Douglass's autobiographies

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

All About Love by Bell Hooks

Jan 18, 2022 - 3:04pm
petaq, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Over the past few weeks I've been reading The Silk Roads - A New History of the World, by Peter Frankopan. The book is pretty popular and highly rated that's how I came across it.

The view on world history (if taught in a USA public school as I was) can be a little skewed in certain aspects, so this new way of looking at the world has been really interesting to me. Not necessarily saying that I learned things that were straight up incorrect, but more-so things that my middle/ high school decided not to cover or teach. Certain things sound like they can be straight out of some drama TV show too, history can get pretty wild.

Hoping I can use some of the things I learned in higher level conversations with people that I meet, and even if I end up not talking about it with people it has well been worth the knowledge. 

Jan 18, 2022 - 8:58pm
dontwanttosayname, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander was eye opening to say the least.

Jan 18, 2022 - 9:30pm
Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

random thoughts below

"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius

"Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse

"The Three Body Problem" (trilogy) by Cixin Liu

"Lord of the Rings" (trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Asset Management" by Andrew Ang

"Don't Count on It" - Jack Bogle

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Jan 19, 2022 - 10:05am
GramReaper, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on what you're looking for - I already see a lot of non-fiction listed so I'll go the escapism route. If you want to completely detach yourself from work and all things reality, I'd recommend the sci-if/epic fantasy route.

Here a few recommendations:

  1. Brandon Sanderson - I'd recommend everything he's published but might favorite is the Stormlight Archive Series; there are 10 books planned for the series (broken down into 2 sets of 5) with four currently published (Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer, Rhythm of War). Involves magic, conflict, dystopian societies…
  2. Will Wight - Cradle Series; 10 books currently available (Unsouled, Soulsmith, Blackflame, Skysworn, Ghostwater, Underlord, Uncrowned, Wintersteel, Bloodline, Reaper) with another in the works (Dreadgod). These are far quicker reads than Sanderson's. Involves path style magic (meaning individuals select paths to train on and slow advance to higher levels of authority), tournaments between clans to determine champions and wars against dread gods, all set within a larger universe going through an even greater conflict.
  3. Brent Weeks - Lightbringer Series; 5 book series (The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, The Broken Eye, The Blood Mirror, The Burning White); color based magic, society is led by the Prism, there's an interesting mystery flair throughout the series that doesn't get revealed until the end.
Jan 19, 2022 - 11:32am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I know this has been mentioned before in this post, but listing it again to emphasize how good it is: Mastery by Robert Greene had a huge impact on me and will give anyone food-for-thought. I haven't met anyone that regrets investing time in this book.

Jan 19, 2022 - 1:36pm
mskier, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jan 24, 2022 - 4:14pm
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