Our discussion boards are an incredible resource. If you ask a question, you'll frequently get lots of answers in short order. Just a week or two ago, for example, duxburyri asked the following question on our Berkshire Hathaway
"Hey all... I have an insatiable appetite for good business books and I have exhausted my reading list. Any inputs on must-read books associated with the BRKA culture and mindset would be appreciated. Please give me your FAVORITE business/investment book of ALL time."
The answers were plentiful. Read all the suggestions, if you'd like. Below is a selected smattering, along with links to Amazon.com, to help you quickly learn more about any that interest you.
- Jacko2 suggested Michael Lewis' Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and Ron Chernow's Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., among several other books. Those interested in General Motors
(NYSE:GM)might pick up another recommendation: My Years With General Motors by Alfred Sloan.
- MadCapitalist recommended The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America.
- MKlein9 said he really liked Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin.
- ssalz recommended Henry Kaufman's On Money and Markets: A Wall Street Memoir and The Trouble with Prosperity: A Contrarian's Tale of Boom, Bust, and Speculation by James Grant.
- MisterMarket suggested Ben Franklin's The Way to Wealth ("can be read in 30 minutes"), along with several other books.
- eaglehaslanded suggested The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. "I don't love the writing, but the story is unbelievable," this member said.
- LiveFromHopkins offered up Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, saying: "This doesn't sound like an investment book but I was blown away by its relevance to the subject. A page turner and a re-read for me, at least."
- Hartmanbirge offered a list of books he's currently working his way through, including Do You Want to Make Money or Would You Rather Fool Around? by John D. Spooner.
- And finally, the most impressive response of all came from bx111a, who offered his own "personal list of books, articles, academic papers, and miscellaneous writings." There are 99 of them!
It's really worthwhile for you to pop into the discussion board and read the entire list -- I've left out a lot of good books because of space. While you're at it, add a few of your own favorite business books, too! (And permit me to take this opportunity to point out that we've also got a lot of terrific Fool books you might enjoy.)
If you like books, there's a lot you'll like in Fooldom, such as our discussion boards dedicated solely to investing books and our boards dedicated to books and writing in general. Check them out. We're offering a free 30-day trial of our entire discussion board community right now. You've got little to lose and lots to gain.
Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway.