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Favorite Books on Life,  Business and Investing

Bruce Pulbrook
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."
The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics)
The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics)
"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"
The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
"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."
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds & Confusión de Confusiones (Wiley Investment Classics)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds & Confusión de Confusiones (Wiley Investment Classics)
"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."
The Money Game by 'Adam Smith'
The Money Game by 'Adam Smith'
"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"
Supermoney
Supermoney
"A companion volume to The Money Game for those interested in human behavior and the ups and downs of financial markets."
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
"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."
The Art of War
The Art of War
"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."
Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War
Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War
"A remarkable story of an outsider who studied widely and thoroughly; was a successful lawyer, engineer, businessman and military leader"
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)
"Forcefully argued critique of the assumptions underlying much of modern financial theory and risk management."
The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility" (Incerto)
The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility" (Incerto)
"Further strongly asserted thoughts on the assumptions underlying risk managment, and modern financial theory."
Graham and Dodd's Security Analysis: Fifth Edition
Graham and Dodd's Security Analysis: Fifth Edition
"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""
The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing
The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing
"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."
What Works on Wall Street : A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time
What Works on Wall Street : A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time
"I think of this as a modern development from Ben Graham's Intelligent Investor -  interesting empirical study the stock market."
Investment Valuation 2nd Edition University with Investment Set
Investment Valuation 2nd Edition University with Investment Set
"Modern financial theory on how to value companies and other investments comprehensively explained"
Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
"How good are expert predictions, and how can you judge their reliability. Philip Tetlock has done a remarkable study"
The Great Crash 1929
The Great Crash 1929
"This is a book I've read several times when living through financial crises and looking for insights on why things go wrong and how they might unfold"
Decision Traps: The Ten Barriers to Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them
Decision Traps: The Ten Barriers to Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them
"THis is an excellent practical summary of a large body of research. Investing is mostly about making decisions, so it's best to decide wisely"
In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea
In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea
"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"
Classics II: Another Investor's Anthology
Classics II: Another Investor's Anthology
"Both volumes one and two are well worth reading for the many and varied insights of great and once great investors"
Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street
Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street
"A good overview of the people and ideas that have shaped the way investment portfolios are manged"
The Alchemy of Finance
The Alchemy of Finance
"Theories and insights from a great hedge fund manager"
Traders, Guns and Money: Knowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives Revised edition (Financial Times Series)
Traders, Guns and Money: Knowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives Revised edition (Financial Times Series)
"Interesting insghts into the world of derivatives trading. A pity it was not more widely read when it was first published in 2006."
Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
"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."
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Completely Revised and Updated Edition
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Completely Revised and Updated Edition
"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."
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
"To understand how the financial system got into its present mess you need to understand the life and times, beliefs and policies of Dr Alan Greenspan. Here is his story."
The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
"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."