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By Selena Maranjian (TMF Selena)
February 13, 2003

Q.  What books on business, investing, and personal finance do you recommend?

A.  Well, I'm certainly at least a little biased, so permit me to lead off with brief descriptions of our Fool books (all available at FoolMart,, and often your nearby bookstore, as well). I'll follow that with a listing of many other terrific tomes.

The Motley Fool's What to Do With Your Money Now: Ten Steps to Staying Up in a Down Market by David and Tom Gardner
In their latest book, the Brothers Gardner address the current state of affairs in the economy, offering advice on short-term investments, bonds, mutual funds, stocks, and more.

The Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook by David and Tom Gardner
Full of worksheets, forms, and quick 60-second guides, this book focuses on personal finance topics such as getting out of debt, saving money, spending prudently, beginning investing, retirement, and getting your affairs in order. It's perfect for anyone who's not sure they have what it takes to take control of their financial future. It makes a strong case for why you should plan and invest.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide by David and Tom Gardner
This book introduces Foolish investing in some detail. It covers topics such as why you might avoid most mutual funds, why you should consider index funds, how to go about finding companies to possibly invest in, how to read financial statements, how to evaluate companies, and how to manage a portfolio. It also introduces Rule Breaker and Rule Maker investing.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of by David and Tom Gardner with Selena Maranjian
This book is aimed at teenagers and smart pre-teens and covers many aspects of money management, including saving, earning, and investing money. It offers many tips from actual teens, ranging from summer job ideas to saving tips to investment lessons learned.

The Motley Fool Money Guide by Selena Maranjian
This book features 500 questions and answers on all kinds of investing and personal finance topics. It will teach you a lot and it's a great reference book, too.

The Motley Fool Rule Breakers, Rule Makers by David and Tom Gardner
This book offers a detailed explanation of how brothers David and Tom go about choosing companies in which to invest. This book will teach you a lot about how to evaluate businesses by looking at the big picture and by drilling down into some numbers.

The Motley Fool Investment Workbook by David and Tom Gardner
Grab a pencil before reading this book. It covers topics ranging from personal finance and budgeting, all the way to how to read an annual report. In it you're expected to do some exercises and crunch some numbers --it's full of worksheets.

The Motley Fool's Investing Without a Silver Spoon by Jeff Fischer
In these pages is just about anything you need to know about dividend reinvestment plans (Drips) and direct stock purchase plans (DSPs). Included is a comprehensive directory of companies that offer these plans, along with details on the plans (such as phone numbers, fees, minimum investment amounts, etc.).

The Motley Fool's Investment Tax Guide by Roy Lewis and Selena Maranjian
To minimize the amount you fork over to Uncle Sam each April, you should really be attending to various tax matters throughout the year. This book is a fairly comprehensive introduction to tax issues relevant to most Fools: investing, children, education, homes, retirement, home offices, and more. It's written in an amusing manner and explains many tax issues in an easy-to-understand way, employing many examples.

Investment Clubs: How to Start and Run One the Motley Fool Way by Selena Maranjian
If you're thinking of starting an investment club, this short book will prove very helpful. It offers a long list of issues for you to consider and topics to discuss with your friends both before and after you form your club. In addition, it includes a sample partnership agreement, bylaws, agenda, and tax forms.

And now, some other useful books.

Personal finance

For beginning investors

For intermediate investors:

For seasoned investors

Books on business, for anyone

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This question and answer is adapted from The Motley Fool Money Guide: Answers to Your Questions About Saving, Spending and Investing. For answers to this and 499 other common money questions, check it out -- it's a handy resource.