What books on investing should I read?

Type in “investing” in the book section of Amazon and you’ll get nearly 100,000 options. Since you probably don’t have that kind of free time, here’s our answer to the question, What books on investing should I read?

First, give yourself a pat on the back for embarking on a journey to learn about investing. The list of books below was first compiled by Motley Fool co-founder and CEO Tom Gardner in 2005.

It will provide you with a well-rounded tour of the investing world and the wisdom of a collection of great investors, academics, and others. Learn about anything from the discipline of John Neff, to the quantitative approach of Aswath Damodaran, to the long-term view of Shelby Davis, to the wit and wisdom of Peter Lynch.

Elementary School

  • One Up on Wall Street, by Peter Lynch
  • Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein
  • Value Investing With the Masters, by Kirk Kazanjian
  • The Davis Dynasty, by John Rothchild
  • Valuegrowth Investing, by Glen Arnold

Junior High

  • The 5 Keys to Value Investing, by J. Dennis Jean-Jacques
  • Beating the Street, by Peter Lynch
  • Investment Fables, by Aswath Damodaran
  • The Vest Pocket Guide to Value Investing, by C. Thomas Howard
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, by Philip Fisher

High School

  • Made in America, by Sam Walton
  • Forbes’ Greatest Investing Stories, by Richard Phalon
  • John Neff on Investing, by John Neff
  • The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
  • The Money Masters, by John Train


  • Stocks for the Long Run, by Jeremy Siegel
  • Quality of Earnings, by Thornton Oglove
  • Investing in Small-Cap Stocks, by Christopher Graja and Elizabeth Ungar
  • The Book of Investing Wisdom, by Peter Krass
  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius, by Joel Greenblatt

Grad School

  • Break Up!, by Campbell, Koch & Sadtler
  • Investment Gurus, by Peter Tanous
  • Value Investing: A Balanced Approach, by Martin Whitman
  • Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond, by Bruce Greenwald
  • The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek

At the Fool, we are lifelong students of the investing game. There will be always be more to learn and more books to read. This list is not a comprehensive one of all the investing books you should read, but it’s a good starting point.

For more reviews and recommendations, there’s a vibrant (and free) discussion going on in our online community on the Investing Books discussion board. Read what others are saying or join the conversation.

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