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Finance books for a high school or college student

Cody Kittle
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
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
"A+ Shakespearen tragedy meets Wall Street."
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
"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."
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Wiley Investment Classics)
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Wiley Investment Classics)
"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."
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (First Edition)
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (First Edition)
"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."
Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story, Updated with New Epilogue
Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story, Updated with New Epilogue
"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."
Den of Thieves
Den of Thieves
"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."
Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History
Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History
"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."
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
"A: Another business epic.  This time LBO's, junk bonds, funny money, and the 80's.  Expect total corporate warfare."
Option Volatility & Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques
Option Volatility & Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques
"A: This is the best book on options.  Kind of like a text book but really friendly."
The Education of a Speculator
The Education of a Speculator
"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."
Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?
Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?
"A- This book is hilarious.  Its the lighter side of business."
House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
"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."
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
"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."
The Alchemy of Finance
The Alchemy of Finance
"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."
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
"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."
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
"A- unless you've already read black swan, then its just a repeat."
Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It
Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It
"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."
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Wisdom of Crowds
"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."
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
"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."
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
"B+ Enter the world of Wall street.  I wouldn't go as far as to call this an epic, but its truly an experience."
The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
"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."
The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm
The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm
"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."
Goldman Sachs : The Culture of Success
Goldman Sachs : The Culture of Success
"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."
The Money Culture
The Money Culture
"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."
Hedgehogging
Hedgehogging
"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."
Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders
Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders
"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."
The Psychology of Trading: Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets
The Psychology of Trading: Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets
"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."
Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
"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)"
Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
"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.""
Metal Men: How Marc Rich Defrauded the Country, Evaded the Law, and Became the World's Most Sought-After Corporate Criminal
Metal Men: How Marc Rich Defrauded the Country, Evaded the Law, and Became the World's Most Sought-After Corporate Criminal
"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."