16 Of The Best Books On The History Of Finance & Investing

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Some time ago we started a series called – Superinvestors: Books That Every Investor Should Read. So far we’ve provided the book recommendations from:

Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc

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Together with our own 2018 recommended reading list of:

This week we’re going to take a look at sixteen of the best books on the history of finance and investing. Here’s the list:

  1. The Great Crash of 1929 (John Kenneth Galbraith)
  2. Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Charles Kindleberger)
  3. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves (Andrew Ross Sorkin)
  4. Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation (Edward Chancellor)
  5. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron (Bethany McLean)
  6. The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History (Gregory Zuckerman)
  7. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management (Roger Lowenstein)
  8. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Michael Lewis)
  9. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (Liaquat Ahamed)
  10. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk (Peter Bernstein)
  11. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (Bryan Burrough)
  12. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Niall Ferguson)
  13. The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It (Scott Patterson)
  14. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff)
  15. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance (Ron Chernow)
  16. Liars Poker (Michael Lewis)

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