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  2. Hey monkeys, I know there's been a ton of threads open for good books but most of them are finance/business related threads. Lately I want to read some good ole fashioned non-fiction that has nothing to do with finance. For starters, I read The Gene ...

    100 comments15 Mar 2018 -

  3. Do you guys read hardcopies still or more on iPad/Kindle? Good article in the FT: Ten years ago, as Jeff Bezos launched the Kindle ereader in New York, he declared that "the book is so highly evolved and so suited to its task that it's very hard ...

    65 comments15 Feb 2017 -

  4. People ask about the best real estate books to read on this forum almost daily and we're happy to toss Linneman and Bowman their way, as well as all of the terrific ULI books, but @Whats the Comp" today asked specifically about non-textbook read ...

    46 comments9 Mar 2018 -

  5. Favorite Books

    Off Topic

    What are some of everyone's favorite books? These books can be finance related and non-finacne related. Any books with good moral lessons, biographies, personal finance? books ...

    79 comments8 Jul 2017 -

  6. Feel like I have really let myself go not reading for quite some time, while I have a pile of books that are on my to read list. It is just so much easier to start up netflix at night and watch some show till you go to sleep versus pickup up a book. For y ...

    35 comments8 Jun 2018 -

  7. Hi guys, Does anyone have any recommendations for any good books to read providing a good insight into Macroeconomics (for relative beginners). Something that is also good for entry level Investment Banking interviews. Thank you. books Economics Macroecon ...

    31 comments7 Jun 2018 -

  8. What does being a gentleman mean to you? Does it mean knowing which fork to use at a properly-set table? Does it mean being so impeccably dressed as to make Patrick Bateman and 007 envious? Does it mean knowing when to tip, how to tie a bowtie, or how to ...

    40 comments7 Jul 2016 -

  9. I am currently in the process of reading/finishing these books:-Talent is Overrated-Art of War-The 48 Laws of Power What are some other books that you guys recommend be on everybody's book list? books ...

    196 comments8 Jun 2018 -

  10. Mod Note (Andy)- as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #50. This one was originally posted 6/20/2015. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, 2012 New York Times bestseller The Po ...

    34 comments17 Dec 2015 -

  11. One of the most common suggestions on this site during a job search is to continue to educate yourself. Everyone seeking to advance is engouraged to read. I want to know what people are reading on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. What newspapers, magazines ...

    270 comments24 Apr 2016 -

  12. This is the next book summary from DeconstructingExcellence.com. See my other book summaries on WSO here, and if you find my summaries to be useful, sign up at the website to make sure you don't miss any.   In direct contrast to the compassion-orient ...

    33 comments21 Oct 2016 -

  13. IB/M&A Books

    Investment Banking

    Can anyone recommend good books that talk about all aspects of M&A including valuations. I came up with a list of books. Do anyone know/recommend any of those? Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z (Andrew J. Sherman Milledge A. Hart) Applied Mergers a ...

    191 comments30 Mar 2017 -

  14. Wondering where WSO's simian theme comes from? Look no further. If you ask any business school student or young analyst to name one book that got them excited about finance or investment banking, this would probably be it. And for good reason; it ...

    42 comments6 Oct 2016 -

  15. "I used to read the Leveraged Sellout religiously, before it...you know, died," an old friend used to say wistfully. The infamous blog may be old news to some, but luckily LSO left us with a non-electronic memoir of his unique blend of sarcasm a ...

    27 comments20 Jun 2016 -

  16. Like it or not, the office environment is in fact a political one, and that leads a lot of us to seek advice from various sources. "The Prince" is one of those books, along with "The Art of War," that's supposed to give us that po ...

    25 comments20 Dec 2016 -

  17. I won't be starting my job until early September so have plenty of time this summer. One thing I want to do is catch up on my reading. Looking for recommendations for books in the areas of investing, macroeconomics, finance, and politics. The first b ...

    46 comments6 Jun 2015 -

  18. I've locked up my internship for this summer as an equity research analyst intern. Now that I don't have to worry about interviewing and can put less of a focus on networking I would like to find a few books on equity research to read in my free ...

    98 comments13 Dec 2016 -

  19. books to self study accounting

    Investment Banking

    I bought the WSO tech guide and it's been helpful. But, I've been having trouble bullshitting my way thru the interviews about accounting questions.. I could memorize how the 3 statements are linked, but it's hard for me to answer naturally ...

    78 comments10 Mar 2017 -

  20. The pressure is enormous. Success on the job requires cunning, skill, thick skin, and passion. You juggle dozens of different projects at once, trying frantically to produce for your mercurial bosses and clients. The environment is an intense, fast-paced ...

    29 comments4 Jul 2016 -

  21. Hi All! I'd like to learn a bit more about all of the modeling and MS Excel based spreadsheet portfolio calculation, analysis, and optimization tools that investment managers use in their portfolio accounting, risk management, and pricing / valuation ...

    27 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  22. I just wanted to start a thread where people could add their favorite books related to finance and investment banking. Also, include books that you think would give us knowledge that would be useful in this career we have chosen. I'll start: The Part ...

    84 comments13 Mar 2013 -

  23. Recommend me a must have book

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    Hi, I'm looking for something to read to improve my knowledge, I have read all this:-What works on wall street- Security Analysis- The intelligent investor- Investment Valuation (damodaran)- Valuation (McKinsey)- Hedge fund Market Wizards- Investment ...

    37 comments12 May 2015 -

  24. I'm talking about non-finance books but good finance books can also be recommended. My input: The Alchemist Ender's Game Brave New World Too Big to Fail books Banking reading ...

    76 comments24 Nov 2011 -

  25. Hi ya'll. Was just wondering if anyone would recommend me a book. I'm just about to order Financial Shenanigans from Amazon (after being so inspired by Einhorn), and thought I might as well order some more. Doesn't have to be finance relate ...

    78 comments14 Nov 2012 -

  26. I am particularly interested in stuff that can be used as signals in algo and high-frequency trdes, but would love to hear any recommendations you've got nonetheless. books technical analysis ...

    99 comments28 Sep 2011 -

  27. So the year has come and gone and the holiday season is once again upon us. And unless you are one of the poor unfortunate souls with a sadistic MD and pitch the day after New Year's, you're probably looking forward to some down time between now ...

    39 comments25 Dec 2013 -

  28. "Absurdly profitable company seeks journalist with ten years' experience and a Harvard MBA for extremely highly paid, low stress job in which he can wear nice suits and loaf around in air-conditioned splendor making the very occasional executive ...

    29 comments9 Mar 2013 -

  29. Moderator Note (Andy): This is a guest post by Patrick Del Rosario, a business and financial blogger (full bio below) Here's my recommendation for 8 great books that aren't classified specifically as "business books" and offer up much ...

    26 comments6 Jan 2013 -

  30. Leveraged Finance Books

    Investment Banking

    As part of my SA stint, I get to spend 8 weeks on M&A and a week with the lev fin group- unfortunately, I know next to nothing about leveraged finance. Are there any good resources or books that might help me become better informed about the leveraged ...

    34 comments10 Mar 2017 -

  31. Kindle?

    Investment Banking

    Any monkeys out there have the Kindle and use it a lot? Was thinking about getting it (yes, a few years into its existence), but just want a barebones reader that I can easily take with me. Any complaints about the product or recommendations for something ...

    51 comments10 Jan 2012 -

  32. Hi I recently joined a major RE PE firm as an analyst. My job is mostly modeling but I'd like to understand the other components of the deals I'm involved on. I'm totally lost on calls/meetings regarding: Capex (technical aspects of it, lik ...

    27 comments13 Jul 2015 -

  33. For those of you that work on a sales desk, whether institutional or corporate, what books do you recommend reading that will help one gain an edge? Any books that give insight on strengthening client relationships, networking, influencing people, etc. I ...

    23 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  34. For those of you interested in gaining a deeper level understanding of the Chinese economy and Chinese banking system, I highly rec. a recently published book called "Red Capitalism". It's written by former bankers, not economists, and it h ...

    30 comments30 Jun 2011 -

  35. It's not very often that I do a full book review on WSO. The book has to be very, very good and offer something above and beyond the typical finance books that line my shelves. I almost didn't buy this book, it was so misrepresented in the media ...

    22 comments13 Jun 2011 -

  36. Energy banking books

    Investment Banking

    Any good suggestions on books that would be a good read for energy/oil and gas? There was a thread about this a couple months ago but every time I try to open it it gives me a "page not found". books IB energy ...

    36 comments4 Jul 2011 -

  37. Decision Points: A Monkey's Review This week, we're going for a biography that still holds plenty of interesting commentary for our world today. George W. Bush has kept pretty quiet since the end of his presidency; his book tour was one of the o ...

    20 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  38. Anyone get this book by Judah Friedlander? I saw a couple interviews with him and it seems like a fun read. books ...

    34 comments30 Nov 2010 -

  39. Ok, My girlfriend likes to buy a LOT of books. The problem is she only reads them like one time then never reads them again.It's costing hundreds of dollars plus we have to find a place to put them all. Is there something like a Blockbuster for books ...

    27 comments2 Nov 2010 -

  40. America's second-largest bookstore chain is no more. Borders is forced to close its remaining 399 stores and liquidate the company, after receiving no credible bids to purchase the company out of bankruptcy. This is another huge nail in the coffin of ...

    17 comments20 Jul 2011 -

  41. I'm studying for case interviews and am using basically all the resources I've been able to get my hands on. One of them, of course, is CiP, which nearly everybody recommends. I've got a question for people who used it successfully, though: ...

    18 comments1 Feb 2017 -

  42. If anyone read one of the following books, I'd appreciate it if you can tell me what you thought. Also, I'm open to other recommendations about finance/banking. I'm considering: 1) Fool's Gold by Gillian Tett- I just read "Too Big ...

    22 comments21 Mar 2011 -

  43. Can you recommend any investing books that focus on high-yield or distressed debt? I am looking to gain more insight into analyzing the capital structure of companies in cases in which it actually matters. Also, it would be a major plus if these books wer ...

    21 comments1 Mar 2011 -

  44. Where would we all be without Liar's Poker? No other single book gave such a funny and accurate portrayal of the culture inside an investment bank. That book and the movie Wall Street heavily influenced my decision to become a stock jockey. Michael L ...

    14 comments31 Jan 2011 -

  45. "Living well is not the best revenge. Succeeding in your career and humiliating your critics is."- Bill O'Reilly Since The New York Times won't review Bill O'Reilly's books no matter how many copies they sell, I shall assume ...

    12 comments6 Nov 2012 -

  46. "The four most expensive words in the English language are: 'It's different this time.'"- Sir John Templeton, investing legend Forbes columnist Ken Fisher's new book is a very timely read for all investors, whether bullish or ...

    12 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  47. From what I have researched the Program fees are variable...if you enrol early it will cost you less. This is not the problem but initially I thought that since it is so expensive (Enrolment $450 + Early registration fee $650) it would also cover books... ...

    12 comments14 Sep 2015 -

  48. Straight to Hell...Thoughts?

    Investment Banking

    I just finished reading Straight to Hell by John Lefevre. Definitely an entertaining read, but I've heard that many of his stories were wildly exaggerated. Wondering if anyone else has read this yet and had any thoughts on the book. books ...

    12 comments19 Jul 2015 -

  49. If you're like me, you probably only read fiction at a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio with non-fiction, with a heavy bias towards financial non-fiction. I haven't read much fiction over the past year with the exception of the Game of Thrones series. I have fo ...

    11 comments24 Jul 2012 -

  50. I did my undergrad in business administration, but did not touch on real estate. I have 30 days to get excel modeling proficient for an acquisitions role focusing on the main re sectors [office, retail and multifamily rental with possibility for hotel]. W ...

    13 comments3 Dec 2013 -

  51. I've finished The Quants recently, which I thought was thoroughly terrible. I didn't think at all that quant traders were guilty of causing the credit crisis. Some of them were victimized by it. Anyway thats just my personal review. ANY NEW GOOD ...

    15 comments19 Mar 2010 -

  52. GMAT Books For Sale- NYC ONLY

    WSO Product Reviews

    I'm selling all of my GMAT Books. These books helped me score a 760! Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides: Volumes 1-9, 4th Edition (Volume 9 is 5th edition) Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math 5th Edition Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Verbal Manh ...

    13 comments12 Aug 2012 -

  53. Am looking for something focused more on going concern credit analysis (with a quantitative/modeling bent, if possible) than Moyer, who is focused on the bankruptcy process and valuing distressed (essentially gone concern) firms. Thanks. books High Yield ...

    13 comments2 Sep 2012 -

  54. In general, overachievers are individuals who perform better or achieve superior results due to excessive efforts in an academic or professional environment. I would not presume for a moment that I belong to this group unless I would not really identify m ...

    10 comments15 Oct 2012 -

  55. So, I thought that I can spare new users from making new threads regarding what kind of sites they should visit and study from as well as where they can get resources to study for. Anyone is free to add sites and other stuff to this list, just reply in th ...

    11 comments18 Oct 2014 -

  56. Good day monks, I'm approaching a wondrous anniversary with WSO: My 25th Monkey's Review! Two years ago around this time, I had just finished a book called "Barbarians At the Gate." The creative writer in me demanded a response of some ...

    9 comments2 Apr 2013 -

  57. Hi, I have just got two books, Dynamic Hedging by Taleb and Option Volatility & Pricing by Natenberg. Could anyone tell me which book I should read first? I only know some basic knowledge about derivatives and am looking to learn some option trading s ...

    12 comments15 Jul 2010 -

  58. Holiday Book Lists

    Off Topic

    It's that time of the year where I begin to prepare the list of books that I hope to devour over the holidays- but never quite accomplish... So I am looking for ideas. What is your favorite book that: 1) Changed your life or perspective on something ...

    10 comments6 Dec 2013 -

  59. Can anyone recommend any books that they have read that they find especially helpful in maintaining an professional etiquette at the workplace? Not to say that etiquette in IB is totally different then other places, but there does appear to be some subtle ...

    11 comments8 Jul 2009 -

  60. My question is what would a successful trader do in high school if they could go back. Im currently a Junior in high school and ive wanted to become a trader for a really long time now. But as a high schooler i dont know if im using my time correctly. I r ...

    8 comments26 Mar 2016 -

  61. Does anyone have these books?

    Sales and Trading

    Hey guys, I'm trying to read these books and I can't find them at my library. Would anyone happen to have pdfs or a link? If so please PM me. Thanks Books: Diary of a Commodities Trader Beyond Greed and Fear Trade your Way to Financial Freedom T ...

    10 comments1 Jun 2011 -

  62. Happy 2012, monkeys! I'm very pleased to return to a more regular posting schedule, and for a return to the Monkey's Review series. There's a potential collaboration with Kenny Powers CFA in the works as well, and we hope you will continue ...

    8 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  63. Good reads for the iPad?

    Investment Banking

    Just upgradd to the newer iPad and the screen definitely makes me want to read on it more. Any suggestions? Looking for something IB or market related. Or anything interesting really. books ...

    9 comments6 May 2012 - Anonymous Monkey

  64. Hey monkeys, Would appreciate a few recommendations for books I want to download as audio books. Already have a tonne of technical books from work, so just looking for something light and inspirational for the flight (e.g.: Full House, Alchemist e.t.c.). ...

    9 comments22 Dec 2010 -

  65. "The Money Culture" is a collection of Michael Lewis ' (of Liar's Poker fame) writings and articles from 1986-1991, during which he had his falling out with Salomon Brothers. The general theme is to provide a snapshot of the financial ...

    7 comments28 Aug 2012 -

  66. Wondering how it came to the point where one needed a PhD from MIT in order to "truly understand" finance? Look no further. As the subtitle of "The Quants" explains, this is the story of how Buffett 's maligned "geeks bearing ...

    7 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  67. Has anyone read this? Currently reading and so far so good. books ...

    8 comments25 Oct 2012 -

  68. Michael Porter- Strategy Work

    Investment Banking

    Any opinions on Michael Porters books on Strategy and Competitive Advantage? Anyone read them? books opinions Salary ...

    8 comments12 Mar 2012 -

  69. Hi all Starting training at BB in London in about a month and about to go on a relaxing holiday for a few weeks. I have a degree in finance and have done a financial modelling course, so I'm pretty well prepared, but want to be able to kill it for gr ...

    8 comments22 Jun 2011 -

  70. 2014 book list thread

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    Alright, so this year I plan on reading a couple of books to increase my general knowledge. Here are my recommendations. I also have some books that I want to read but dont know what they are called so hoping someone in the community can help me out:) I w ...

    7 comments9 Jan 2014 -

  71. "LOLZ Flesh, why are you reviewing a non-finance book?" I'll tell you why, young monkey. It's all too easy to get stuck inside our finance comfort zone/bubble, to become addicted to being surrounded by people who all share your general ...

    6 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  72. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, many of you are looking for a unique gift for the lady (or ladies) in your life that doesn't include an engagement ring and eventual division of assets. As usual, Uncle Eddie's got your back. If ...

    6 comments6 Feb 2012 -

  73. I have: 1. "Options, Futures and Other Derivatives", Hull 2. "Dynamic Hedging", Taleb 3. "Option Volatility & Pricing", Natenberg Any suggestions on what order to tackle these books, or which one would be most useful for ...

    7 comments9 Nov 2010 -

  74. "Please, Turney! Let me trade for you! I'll do anything!"- young broker "Anything?...stand on your desk and sing 'Milkshake.' And put yourself on speaker while you do it so I can hear you!"- Turney Duff, "author of ...

    5 comments21 Jan 2014 -

  75. What's the name of this book?

    Investment Banking

    One of my professors (who was from England) once told me about a book thats title was like the American bastard or assbole or something along those lines that was about a wall street guy who I think went to Asia and made a lot of cash betting on oil or so ...

    6 comments16 Aug 2011 -

  76. Hi, I was wondering if anyone can recommend some books for someone that is aspiring to become a F500 exec or a high-level manager of a company? I know that a lot of people here recommend, for example, Barbarians at the Gate and things like that, but I was ...

    6 comments17 Sep 2010 -

  77. As the name suggests, a "Fund of funds" is a fee-based investment vehicle whose target is not individual stocks, bonds, or other instruments, but other hedge funds. The two largest benefits to investing in a fund of funds are that they tend to h ...

    5 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  78. When I prophesy the death of the banker, I fear that instead of provoking weeping and lamentations, the news will be greeted by the heartless reader with a sigh of relief and loud, prolonged hallelujahs. For is there any creature so unloved on god's ...

    5 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  79. Worth a read?

    Investment Banking

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401309682?ie=UTF... books ...

    6 comments28 Jan 2009 -

  80. I am an incoming freshman at a target school who wants to learn more about IB, PE, ST, HF, VC, Corporate finance etc. I was wondering what books I could read, videos/films I could watch, or podcasts that I could listen to in my free time instead of jackin ...

    4 comments23 Jun 2018 -

  81. Reading Suggestion

    Site Suggestions

    Looking for a good book but something that is maybe more theoretical or by a well known economist rather than something historical. Thanks. books ...

    5 comments18 Jun 2012 -

  82. Hey guys I am currently a finance major but I won't get any classroom exposure to general finance until Spring semester am looking to expand my knowledge in Finance as far as terminology and concepts go so I can better prepare for technical interview ...

    5 comments6 Jun 2012 -

  83. The Best FX Options Book?

    Sales and Trading

    I know Natenberg is the best options book for trading, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with "FX Options and Structured Products" or "FX Options and Smile Risk." How well are they written? Would you recommend them to so ...

    5 comments30 Apr 2010 -

  84. I recently graduated and got a full-time offer to do corporate accounting for a Fortune 500 company. That was the best I could do from my school. Hell, no BB or MM firms even posted for IBD positions. The 2 BB's that came on-campus interviewed for ba ...

    5 comments1 Mar 2010 -

  85. Books on traded products

    Sales and Trading

    I'm looking for books about trading, with an emphasis on the products being traded. That is, I'm not looking for something like Liar's Poker or When Genius Failed, but rather on futures contracts, options, etc. On that note, are there any c ...

    5 comments30 Sep 2008 -

  86. Ken Fisher has some kind of stigma attached to him these days, supposedly for being an overoptimistic perma-bull. His latest book, "Debunkery," gives the methodology behind his views. The book tears through about thirty-something "Wall Stre ...

    4 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  87. Literature

    New User Introductions

    I just finished my undergraduate degree in a non-finance related field, and am currently working in industrial distribution (think supply chain, logistics, B2B sales). To make a long story short, I am realizing that my current position is not going to hel ...

    4 comments13 Dec 2014 -

  88. Trading Bases?

    Investment Banking

    came across this title, seemed interesting. Did anyone ready this book yet? http://www.werd.com/24566/trading-bases-how-a-wall... books ...

    4 comments24 Mar 2014 -

  89. GMAT BOOKS- CHEAP!

    WSO Product Reviews

    I am selling two "packages" of books. They are a little old but were really good. The tests usually don't change dramatically from year to year and the last time i checked, English and Math was the same. Looking to sell quick. Will give a d ...

    4 comments28 Sep 2011 -

  90. pretty self explanatory: Borders Group will file for bankruptcy. Will William Ackman pull another miracle as he did with General Growth Properties? books Bankruptcy chapter 11 borders ...

    4 comments13 Feb 2011 -

  91. For those who have heard of the Brain's new book and have thought about buying it, I thought I'd throw in my two cents. Overall, I'd give the book a B+. It is a blistering read, Faber a good writer. However, its clearly aimed at a lower tar ...

    4 comments25 Jun 2009 -

  92. Rising junior looking for interview and networking advice. I look great on paper but really struggle conveying that I'm a good fit for banking/ trading /sales. I think it has to do with my story telling ability and atypical background based on some o ...

    3 comments10 Aug 2015 -

  93. "The problems are in here [referring to the head]; the opportunities are out there."- Herbert H. Dow, founder of Dow Chemical You hear it all the time that there are a million ways to make a buck, especially in our industry. It is, in fact, a be ...

    3 comments11 Jun 2013 -

  94. Rising Junior and I just finished reading the Scoopbooks Guide. Wondering if there's any good books to read next? Like the textbook format somewhat. books ...

    3 comments13 Jul 2012 -

  95. Has anyone read...

    Equity Research

    Applied Equity Analysis: Stock Valuation Techniques for Wall Street Professionals by James English Best Practices for Equity Research Analysts: Essentials for Buy-Side and Sell-Side Analysts by James Valentine books ...

    3 comments22 Jun 2012 -

  96. Has anybody read it? Is it any good? Amazon reviews don't exactly compliment it but his other books are pretty good. books ...

    3 comments10 Mar 2011 -

  97. Are there any books around that echo the Greed is Good sentiments of Gordon Gekko? The type of books that promote ruthless capitalism etc. books Salary ...

    3 comments4 Nov 2010 -

  98. Our dear Uncle Eddie has already written a eulogy of sorts for Tucker Max, but I figured now would be a good time to review "Hilarity Ensues," sadly the last of the "fratire" Tucker Max books. I have stayed up till the wee hours of the ...

    2 comments8 Sep 2012 -

  99. For someone to get started on basic finance/investing with aspirations of getting into investment banking, what books should I read to get started? thanks books Salary ...

    2 comments18 Apr 2016 -

  100. Books on valuing SME's

    Investment Banking

    Hi- hope this is the right place to post this. I am looking for books on how to value SME's (something with case studies). On doing an Amazon search, there are many books out there, but most seem focused on valuation theory. I am looking for somethin ...

    2 comments9 Jun 2012 -

  101. the founding of the top law or PR firms? books ...

    2 comments6 Jan 2012 -