What's on your reading list?

Hey monkeys, I wanted to know what you all plan to read in the near future.

I finished school on Monday and have graduation on Saturday! With more free time than usual I have more time to read the books I managed to stockpile during the semester. Shout out to @dcrowoar for giving me the inspiration to write this post!

Here's my list; it's heavy towards persuasion and sales because I am looking to become a salesman. I would appreciate any books on selling and persuasion, if you know of any.

  • It's my Company Too! by Tom Walter (actually met the guy during class, humble and offered to help)
  • How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
  • *United Nations Journal: A Delegate's Odyssey *by William F Buckley, Jr
  • West of the Night by Beryl Markham
  • Mentored by a Millionaire by Steven K. Scott
  • Jeffrey Gitomer's Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer
  • Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to Rich Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

I will get around to re-reading How to Win Friends and Influence People but wanted to check out the books I just bought.

So what's on your reading list monkeys?

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Comments (49)

Dec 8, 2016

@dchd9 Congratulations on finishing school and hope you have a terrific graduation. Glad to see that you added the Buckley book to your reading list; it definitely deserves to be more known than it is currently.

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Dec 8, 2016

Thank you for the recommendation! I just remembered that one of my professors enjoys Buckley's writing (they had a similar childhood), so I'll definitely pass the book on to him.

Dec 8, 2016

I've been putting them off but the next two books on my list are Confidence Game by Christine S. Richard and Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short Story by David Einhorn.

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Dec 8, 2016
FinanceBrah:

I've been putting them off but the next two books on my list are Reading Confidence Game by Christine S. Richard and Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short Story by David Einhorn.

Read through the description of the latter. Looks interesting.

Where did you hear about it?

Dec 8, 2016

I've been looking a lot into activism and defense lately and both of these are good examples of a detailed walk through of the reasoning behind two high profile cases related to A/D.

If you are interested in that, Deep Value by Tobias E. Carlisle is a good one to start with.

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Dec 8, 2016
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Dec 8, 2016
coreytrevor:

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-bloomberg-...

I just wishlisted a bunch of these.

Cool list. Any recent reads?

Dec 8, 2016

A lot of these books are new, but yeah I read Thinking Fast & Slow last year and definitely recommend it.

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Dec 8, 2016

Best book on Investing: The Most Important Thing Iluminated by Howard Marks

Dec 8, 2016

ditto.

also OP, Ed Thorp (effectively the inventor of counting cards in blackjack & a legendary hedge fund investor) has a book coming out in january, get it and thank me later.

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Dec 8, 2016

Nice, he's one of the most memorable Market Wizards interviewees. "Everybody gets what they want out of the markets"

Dec 8, 2016

Thanks for the rec; I'll check it out!

Haha thebrofessor for Sec of State 2016

Dec 15, 2016
thebrofessor:

ditto.

also OP, Ed Thorp (effectively the inventor of counting cards in blackjack & a legendary hedge fund investor) has a book coming out in january, get it and thank me later.

Be aware of what you're paying for. From reading the reviews and the synopsis, it seems that it is an autobiography.

Dec 8, 2016

I enjoyed Scott Adams' book. Just finished Zero to One by Peter Thiel which is all around fascinating but has interesting thoughts on sales as well. Also halfway through Secret's of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar pretty enjoyable. Gonna start on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius soon.

mbavsmfin:

I don't wear watches bro. Because it's always MBA BALLER time!

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Dec 8, 2016

My Amazon reading wish list has over 600 items, but these are the ones that I have queued up next:

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine - John Abramson
Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street's Bluff - Christine S. Richard
Ego Is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday
The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-America n Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund - Anita Raghavan
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror - Erik Prince

I've been reading up on the Valeant thing lately and found it quite incredible, so probably going to try and understand the pharma/biotech industry next.

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Dec 8, 2016

Confidence Game is a phenomenal book; you and @FinanceBrah will really enjoy it. I'd be surprised if you don't finish it with a positive view of Ackman. Ryan Holiday's books are always great and I'm especially excited for his take on Katharine Graham in Ego is the Enemy.

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Dec 8, 2016

If you want to read up on Blackwater/mercs in Iraq, definitely recommend Big Boy Rules https://www.amazon.com/Big-Boy-Rules-Mercenaries-H...

Dec 8, 2016

Added to my list. It seems like one of the most fascinating aspects of the Americans overseas.

Dec 8, 2016

Give & Take by Adam Grant. Are you going into sales?

How is my grammar? Drop me a note with any errors you see!

Dec 8, 2016

Yes, I do. :)

Dec 9, 2016

After having recently established that asking some of the wiser members of this forum for their reading list precludes you from being a real person, I sure am glad to see that this thread appears to thrive.

All bs aside, one I recently added is the Navidi's book "SUPER-HUBS"

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Dec 8, 2016

That does look interesting. I'll wishlist it too.

https://www.amazon.com/SUPERHUBS-Financial-Elite-t...

Dec 9, 2016

Appalachian Trail Planning guide for hiking the AT.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Dec 8, 2016

Interesting. When are you hiking the AT? I've never been.

Dec 9, 2016
dchd9:

Interesting. When are you hiking the AT? I've never been.

I have camped and hiked numerous portions of the AT over the years but this is planning for an attempted thru-hike in 2018.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Dec 9, 2016

The War of Art
100 Deadly Skills
About Face
http://jockopodcast2.com/jocko-podcast-books/

Dec 8, 2016

I forgot I pre-ordered on Amazon, and it just came.

"Tools of Titans" by Tim Ferrris

-600 pages of advice from everyone from titans of industry, sports, government. like an encyclopedia of knowledge for life.

Dec 9, 2016

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Dec 9, 2016

Just finished Opening Belle, now moving on to re-reading "Thinking Fast and Slow", then this:

https://goo.gl/search/The+Undoing+Project:+A+Frien... The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, Book by Michael Lewis

And then probably "Trump and the Roots of Rage" afterwards.

Dec 13, 2016

Looks like we have he same reading list currently. If you enjoyed Thinking fast and slow, I highly recommend misbehaving by Richard Thaler too.

Dec 9, 2016

I'll have to add it. I always liked psychology/behavioral economics books. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely is another great one.

Dec 9, 2016

The 50th Law by Robert Greene & 50 Cent.

One of my favorite books, it dives into the mindset of 50 Cent and how he strategically grew his business ventures. Also a good frame of reference when you have a long/stressful day - he had no parents by 8 years old and grew up by the streets, much harsher than a 80 hour work week ;)

Dec 10, 2016

Critique of Pure Reason - Kant

Dec 10, 2016

On mine? Primarily the rest of David McCullough's catalog that I've not finished yet. This guy is extremely talented in all regards. His lack of any searing criticism gives credibility in weaving a clear-cut overview of the subjects he writes about.

Highly recommended.

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Dec 10, 2016

I greatly enjoy reading and usually buy books in bulk from Amazon since im a weirdo. Currently reading $100 Startup and Flash Boys. I highly recommend Freakonomics Series, Malcolm Gladwell books, and Chip and Dan Heath books.

Dec 10, 2016

My list on Amazon is:

  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein (reading right now)
  • Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence by William Silber
  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu
  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
  • Capital in the Twenty First Century by Thomas Pikety
  • From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000 by Lee Kuan Yew
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman
  • On The Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System by Hank Paulson
  • Predators' Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders by Connie Bruck
  • The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia by Bill Hayton
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Dec 10, 2016

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind

...

Dec 10, 2016

Just finished this one. Great read.

Dec 10, 2016

Even if you are not interested in the subject, I recommend "Our Last Invention: Artificial Intelligence", by James Barrat. It's a high level overview of Singularity, and what is to come.

Anything by Sam Harris is a must read (in my opinion).

Dec 12, 2016

Recent reads I've really enjoyed were Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder & Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Books currently on my reading list include:
Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst by Daniel Reingold
The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism by Jeff Gramm

Dec 12, 2016

I'm currently reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. It's interesting and pretty cynical, I'm not too far into it but I will report back.

I also want to read read Hillbilly Elegy

Dec 19, 2016