The list author says: "During my university days I studied and obtained qualifications in economics, accounting,finance and law. In the years since I've to read widely on investment and business and more generally. A wide knowledge of history and literature provides useful insights into living, business and investing."
"Xenophon's experience in leading a small group of Greek mercenaries out of Persia illustrates the power of disciplined, well co-ordinated activity; and how leaders can emerge in desperate circumstances"
"Hannibal's victories against the Romans show how a leader can gather followers and defeat superior forces with cunning and innovative tactics. Also illustrates how brilliant victories need to be followed up with administrative skills if the victories are to be sustained."
"Two books in one, the first part is an abridged version of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) which is perhaps the first study of crowd behavior; and Confusion de Confusions (1688), perhaps the first book about the stock market. Both illustrate human behavior in financial markets and the constancy of human nature."
"An investment classic from the 1960s. Each time I read this book I find deeper insights. I've read this book several times. Once before my first and successful job interview that got me my first job in funds management when it helped me bridge the gap between investment theory and practice; and at other times during financial crises. Some of the humor is incorrect by today's standards"
"A study of contemporary investment culture profiling bothe crowd behavior and how a few independently minded individuals saw facts that others overlooked, analysed the situation and acted upon their assessments."
"Timeless universal insights for strategists in business and investment. The ideas are also likely to influence the thinking of Chinese leaders. We need to be aware of metaphors. The war metaphor leads to thinking of business as a battle when sometimes other metaphors may be more useful."
"This is a must for anyone wanting to understand the development of modern security analysis. The original edition was written in the aftermath of the Great Depression and is the thinking of a great mind on the problem of how to evaluate equity investments""
"This is not an easy read and today I think it is interesting in that it shows Ben Graham's progression from analyzing individual companies to developing general quantitative criteria for selecting stocks."
"Life should be more than just making money. John Armstrong explores what it means to be civilized. Iteresting ideas include the notion that it isn't enough to be the legal owner of things, to truly possess things we need to appreciate and enjoy them"
"As Warren Buffett has said: "When a manager with a good reputation goes into a business in an industry with a bad reputation it is usually the reputation of the industry that remains intact." This book helps us to understand industry attractiveness and helps us assess the likelihood of success of companies in the context of their industries."
"An entertaining guide to theories that dominate academic and much institutional thinking on investment, and a critique of active portfolio management. I disagree with Milkiel but think we should know his views to understand markets."
"An encyclopedic outline of the people and developments in science, literature and arts during the 20th century - a background that helps us understand how the world got to be as it is, and where it might be going."