I don’t read a lot of books. I guess there are just so many stimulating distractions in this day and age, I find it hard to sit down in a quiet place and read. However, when I do read a book it’s usually a finance related book to help me invest in myself. Here’s my short list, in order of where I think you should start if you choose to do so.
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science – Charles Wheelan
My all-time favorite book. Takes utilitarian data driven approach to economic, and honestly social issues. It is an incredibly insightful, life-changing book. Everyone that I have recommended this book to or let borrow my book has loved it. To think I first read it in my high school AP Statistics class…but I learn something new every time I reread it.
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
A great book that summarizes a lot of valuable yet simple financial advice in a clear and concise way. I would highly suggest this this book to anyone new to finance or even if you are a seasoned finance professional, with the enthralling way Kiyosaki writes his stories, you won’t get bored.
King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone – David Carey
Fascinating book recommended to me by a finance mentor. If you did not live through the burgeoning era of Private Equity you honestly probably could not fathom how crazy the industry used to be. Companies were so incredibly mispriced then, and maybe many still are. The PE industry was propped up on massive bridge loans that in turn led to some of the largest corporate buyouts in history that changed the game forever.
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle – Dan Senor & Saul Singer
This book was recommended to me by the CEO and Founder of the first company I interned for. It really champions agile thinking and bridges the fact that Israel is a tiny nation, surrounded by enemies and in a constant state of war, yet has the most startups per capita in the world – it’s an environment that fosters and necessitates a different way of thinking. I hope to visit some day soon.