Finance books for a high school or college student

A Listmania! list by Cody Kittle (Greenwich, CT USA)
The list author says: "This is a list of books that I read in high school and college that I found very helpful in understanding finance and the stories behind it. I gave them grades from A+ to D to give the reader an idea of which ones are the most enjoyable to read."
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
1.  When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
The list author says:
  "A+ Shakespearen tragedy meets Wall
Street."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
2.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "A: More stories you probably have not heard about the financial crisis and the people who were smart enough to see it coming.  My favorite of all of his writing."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,349 customer reviews) | 17 customer discussions

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Wiley Investment Classics)
3.  Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Wiley Investment Classics) by Charles P. Kindleberger
The list author says:
  "A At times this is a little dry, but if you want to understand the unviersal qualities of financial bubbles then this is the best way.  It is a book that you will find yourself constantly referecing."
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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (First Edition)
4.  Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (First Edition) by Marketplace Books
The list author says:
  "A: Third Epic I'll list.  Published in 1923 this was one of four books recommended to me and my fellow interns at Tudor Investments by Paul Jones himself.  Timeless wisdom on the markets and life as a speculator."
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Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story, Updated with New Epilogue
5.  Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story, Updated with New Epilogue by David Einhorn
The list author says:
  "A: This book tells a really captivating story that you probably haven't heard.  David Einhorn, the famed hedge fund manager who is noted for calling the Lehman bankruptcy takes the reader through the long struggle he faced in exposing fraud at Allied Capital.  It shows the reader what good investing and due diligence is instead of telling."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

Den of Thieves
6.  Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
The list author says:
  "A: Story of Drexel and their rise and dramatic downfall brought on by Milken.  Captures the insider trading scandals of the 80's and is truly a Wall Street epic."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History
7.  Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History by Milton Friedman
The list author says:
  "A: Monetary policy is one of the most complicated and important things to understand about finance. Milton Friedman won the Nobel prize in part for his work in analyzing the history of monetary policy and this this shorter summary of some screw ups you learn the basics of what money is and how it is controlled."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
8.  Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by John Helyar
The list author says:
  "A: Another business epic.  This time LBO's, junk bonds, funny money, and the 80's.  Expect total corporate warfare."
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Option Volatility & Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques
9.  Option Volatility & Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques by Sheldon Natenberg
The list author says:
  "A: This is the best book on options.  Kind of like a text book but really friendly."
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The Education of a Speculator
10.  The Education of a Speculator by Victor Niederhoffer
The list author says:
  "A- Niederhoffer is one of those tragic characters who embodies the life of a speculator. This book is just as much a memoir as it is a book on speculation, but it is a pleasure to read.  The book is very personal and he is a brilliant writer.  A bit of a modern Larry Livingston."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?
11.  Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar? by Dave Barry
The list author says:
  "A- This book is hilarious.  Its the lighter side of business."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
12.  House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William D. Cohan
The list author says:
  "A- This book consists of two parts, the first is a detailed account of the last week of Bear Stearns.  The second is a detailed history of the firm, right up until the last week.  I thought the latter was fascinating but its an all around great book."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
13.  Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein
The list author says:
  "B+ This is basically a bunch of stories of different academics who made devolopments in understanding probability.  Pretty smooth read, good for people with an appreciation for the quantitative side of life."
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The Alchemy of Finance
14.  The Alchemy of Finance by George Soros
The list author says:
  "B+ The first fifty pages of this book pretty much sum the rest of it up.  Soro's theory of reflexivity is one of those things that is definitley worth understanding."
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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
15.  The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The list author says:
  "A- More thought provoking than instructive, but key to understanding luck and randomness, specificly in regards to very rare and surprising events, or black swans."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (938 customer reviews) | 20 customer discussions

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
16.  Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The list author says:
  "A- unless you've already read black swan, then its just a repeat."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It
17.  Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It by Nicholas Dunbar
The list author says:
  "A- This is a combination of When Genius Failed and The Remarkable Story of Risk. It has a lot more history on the actual theories behind LTCM and less of the story."
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The Wisdom of Crowds
18.  The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
The list author says:
  "A- A nice complement to Charles MacKay, Wisdom of Crowds has some great stuff on the power of markets under certain conditions, and the conditions that make them utterly wrong.  This isn't really about trading or finance but the underlying message about markets is something that should help shape how you approach them."
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
19.  Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay
The list author says:
  "B+ The classic on financial bubbles.  This should be read in conjunction with "Wisdom of Crowds" by James Surowiecki.  Because of its age, it is more about identifying the universal qualities of man that provoke bubbles."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
20.  Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "B+ Enter the world of Wall street.  I wouldn't go as far as to call this an epic, but its truly an experience."
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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
21.  The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "B+ Liar's poker for the tech boom.  Understand silicon valley and the tech bubble through the story of Jim Clark.  Clark is a very unique charecter.  Crazier than him are the IPO's and stock prices for the silicon startups."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm
22.  The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm by Robert F. Bruner
The list author says:
  "B+ One of those great historical accounts that reminds you of how things just don't change. Also illustrates what banking was like before the Federal Reserve system."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Goldman Sachs : The Culture of Success
23.  Goldman Sachs : The Culture of Success by Lisa Endlich
The list author says:
  "B Very solid history of the firm.  Only goes up to the IPO in 1999 but gives a great look into how Goldman was built and what its politics are like."
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The Money Culture
24.  The Money Culture by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "B: A collection of short stories.  The whole book is worth buying just for the story about the race that a fat guy at Saloman ran."
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Hedgehogging
25.  Hedgehogging by Barton M. Biggs
The list author says:
  "B- Welcome to the world of hedge funds...informative and pretty consistently entertaining.  The main thing you'll take away is that its much more of a do or die industry than the media would lead you to believe."
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Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders
26.  Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager
The list author says:
  "B- The diversity of approaches to the markets from the best in the world.  Fair amount of repetition and a lot of these guys are old timers now, but its a good way to get an understanding of some of the original big names."
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The Psychology of Trading: Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets
27.  The Psychology of Trading: Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets by Brett N. Steenbarger
The list author says:
  "B-: Decent book if you've done some trades and felt the anxiety associated with risk but will not be interesting to someone not involved in trading.  If you have not then it may be harder to relate to and enjoy.  Written in a very story telling fashion so it reads easy."
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Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
28.  Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "C+ Anthology of financial panics.  Its a good starting point if you want to understand tech bubble, 87 crash, LTCM/Russian default, and the recent crash(although his coverage on that was a little outdated by the time it came to press)"
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
29.  Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions by Ben Mezrich
The list author says:
  "C This is more of a story of one kid that got really lucky with one trade than anything else. None-the-less this tells a pretty good story on par with Mezrich's other more famous book "Bringing down the house.""
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Metal Men: How Marc Rich Defrauded the Country, Evaded the Law, and Became the World's Most Sought-After Corporate Criminal
30.  Metal Men: How Marc Rich Defrauded the Country, Evaded the Law, and Became the World's Most Sought-After Corporate Criminal by A. Craig Copetas
The list author says:
  "D: I thought this book sucked, but the underlying story was almost interesting enough to salvage it.  Marc Rich was a shady commodities trader and his story can be read in pretty much a day if you want."
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