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Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt
This is a truly beautiful memoir of a boy born in Depression-era Brooklyn, and then raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland with his family. A true account filled with humorous anecdotes and heart-wrenching emotion, it allows the reader to become completely absorbed in the struggles of the survival of Frank and his family. With its rich, vivid imagery, and honest dialogue, often written in the vernacular, readers will feel as if they are right there every step of the way as the McCourt family struggles to endure each new day. One of the best books I've ever read.
-- TMF 2Aruba (a.k.a. Tony Miller)

The Bone People, by Keri Hulme
A mysterious mute child and a bitter man enter the life of a solitary independent woman in New Zealand. Read it and marvel at the most unusual characters, the fascinating setting, and the unpredictable turn of events as this unlikely trio gradually become a family. This wonderful book won the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction.
-- TMF Selena (a.k.a. Selena Maranjian)

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein
Super-investor Warren Buffett loves bargains and this book certainly qualifies as one. For the price of one book you get not only a fascinating biography of Buffett, but also myriad glimpses into his investment approach and how he has built his fortune. Giving this book as a gift is a terrific way to interest someone in the stock market.
-- TMF Selena (a.k.a. Selena Maranjian)

Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet, by Michael Wolff
It's a light-hearted version of the "dog eat dog" world that encapsulates the high-tech wired community. Investors of AOL will enjoy reading how the company transformed itself from a small business (which had to compensate content providers) to the behemoth it's become today. This book is a great overview of how content has shaped the Internet. Foolish historians will like the mention of the Fool site.
-- TMF Karen (a.k.a. Karen Kosoy)

Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt
Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson is an outstanding, quick, and enjoyable primer that puts economics in simple and Foolish terms. The author shows how the average person knows how to spend his own money more efficiently than his best friend would spend it in his stead, or his father, or his broker, or his government. Key points are made by using case studies such as West Germany against East Germany, or the NATO economies versus the Soviet economy, or Japan against China -- the list goes on and on.
-- Motley Fool (a.k.a. David Gardner)

Investment Biker, by Jim Rogers
I still can't decide whether this is a book about a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle journey with some investing thrown in, or a book about international economics, politics, and investing with some motorcycling thrown in. Either way, it is a great window into the mind of one of the foremost international money managers as he and a friend ride a pair of BMW motorcycles around the world.
-- TMF Biker (a.k.a. Ted Verrill)

The Life of Elizabeth I, by Alison Weir
This biography of the English monarch picks up where a previous Alison Weir book (The Children of Henry VIII) leaves off -- the turbulent years of Mary Tudor's brief reign. Weir does a superb job of presenting an accurate account of the Queen's life using facts and theories, but never making unfounded presumptions. If you're interested in historical biographies, this book, or any Alison Weir book for that matter, is a worthy read.
-- TMF NoClue (a.k.a. Heather Wilhelm)

Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett, 1998 Ed., by Andrew Kilpatrick
Berkshire Hathaway fans will appreciate this newest edition of Kilpatrick's bi-annual effort. It's 870 pages of anecdotes about legendary businessman Warren Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway, supported by the author's exhaustive legwork. If you want to understand Berkshire Hathaway, this is a great book to help you do so.
-- TMF Ralegh (a.k.a. Dale Wettlaufer)

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger
Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. In this true story, Junger captures the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it, in particular the six men working the swordfish boat Andrea Gail.
-- TMF Wizard (a.k.a. Chris Hill)

Plagues and Peoples, by William McNeill
This book will change the way you think about diseases and how they interact with humans. It will help you understand how and why potency of diseases changes over time and how they have influenced fates of many societies.
-- TMF Speke (a.k.a. Speke Wilson)

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Gordon Malkiel
I love this one! The classic buy-and-hold bible, even the economics theory is easy to understand. Every Fool should have one on his/her nightstand.
-- TMF AnnC (a.k.a. Ann Coleman)

Sam Walton: Made in America, My Story, by Sam Walton and John Huey (contributor)
The autobiography of retailing genius Sam Walton. This book not only illuminates what makes Wal-Mart a great company, but also what investors should look for in all retailers. A great paperback read that is worth hundreds of times more than the cover price.
-- TMF Ralegh (a.k.a. Dale Wettlaufer)

Security Analysis, 1934 Ed., by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
This is the original Bible for investors. While not for beginners, this original product of the thinking of Ben Graham (the father of securities analysis) will help more experienced investors advance their knowledge of financial analysis and will further their understanding. Read and re-read, because Graham is not so easily pinned down in one pass-through.
-- TMF Ralegh (a.k.a. Dale Wettlaufer)

Work in Progress, by Michael Eisner with Tony Schwartz
I was interested in this book because I have great respect for Michael Eisner as a creative leader, not because I was looking for Disney business secrets. Eisner is very candid about what his thinking has been behind some of his decisions, and his writing is incredibly conversational. Even a tremendous Disney fan like myself will learn some things. The book is stuffed with the fascinating company history that influenced some of Eisner's most insightful ideas and the personal history that brought him to his position as CEO of the Walt Disney Corporation.
-- TMF Amused (a.k.a. Jen Silber)


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