Careers in Finance: How to start a life on Wall St.

A Listmania! list by J. Singh "Hedge fund analyst" (Chicago, IL)
The list author says: "I knew no one in finance and never took a finance course. How did I crack into this elusive profession? Consider the following books and you'll break into the field--it is a replicable system. (note: its 2010 and no one is hiring)"
Polished: Adding Shine to Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Skills
1.  Polished: Adding Shine to Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Skills by R. Scott Morris
The list author says:
  "When a former GOLDMAN SACHS recruiter and executive writes A BOOK ON HOW TO GET HIRED, pay attention.

I write all my application materials using this, and it works swimmingly. I got my first finance job with no prior experience by following this guy's formula."
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Vault Guide to Finance Interviews (Vault Career Library)
2.  Vault Guide to Finance Interviews (Vault Career Library) by D. Bhatawedekhar
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  "Very basic but it covers everything you ought to have under your belt before an interview. Perfect for getting the first internships, Vault is a solid reference book.

The 'canned' responses for general questions are a little trite, but you better know everything in this."
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Starting Your Career as a Wall Street Quant: A Practical, No-BS Guide to Getting a Job in Quantitative Finance and Launching a Lucrative Career
3.  Starting Your Career as a Wall Street Quant: A Practical, No-BS Guide to Getting a Job in Quantitative Finance and Launching a Lucrative Career by Brett Jiu
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  "Another good reference, for the quant-types (if you're an investment banker, skip this step). It is clear and gets to the point (also quite positive and solution-oriented). Should be a key piece of your strategy.

Note: for the resume bits, you are better off using Polished. Take it for what it can do."
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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
4.  The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
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  "It is critical to understand the value and meaning of the industry. You will never feel comfortable in an interview unless you believe in and have knowledge of what the field is about.

Ascent will give you a solid background on the history of finance and cause you to sound confident when you answer the "why" bit. Trust me, "why finance" is the make or break question every single time."
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Peter L. Bernstein Classics Boxed Set : Capital Ideas, Against the Gods, The Power of Gold
5.  Peter L. Bernstein Classics Boxed Set : Capital Ideas, Against the Gods, The Power of Gold by Peter L. Bernstein
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  "If you have time to read more than Ascent, get Bernstein instead. This trilogy will leave you more knowledgeable than most people already in the field.

Again, financial services have made the world an infinitely better place, and you better believe that, and be able to explain why before an interview. You'll go in exuding the fact that you belong"
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