All book recs from Sprezzaturian

15 all-time favorite books

  1. How an economy grows and why it crashes
  2. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
  3. The user illusion – Cutting consciousness down to size
  4. Gödel Escher Bach
  5. The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal
  6. Atlas Shrugged
  7. Engines of creation
  8. The Road to Serfdom
  9. A Brief History of Time
  10. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
  11. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
  12. Tomorrow’s Gold
  13. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  14. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  15. Post-Human by David Simpson: A super high paced story in 5 (so far)

8 Additional good and useful reads

  1. Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression – and the Bankers Who Broke the World
  2. The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy—How to Save Yourself and Your Country
  3. Intelligent Universe: AI, ET, and the Emerging Mind of the Cosmos
  4. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor. Down to earth rules of thumb and thoughts about investing by one of the best
  5. The Fountainhead
  6. The great crash: The one and only objective description of what actually happened in the US in 1929-1932
  7. Thinking fast and slow


  • Physics Of The Future – Popular and accessible science; tells you what there already is and what most likely will be available in 10, 20, 50 and 100 years
  • The Universe In A Nutshell
    • A Brief History Of Time – a bit dated now, however
    • The Grand Design – an update to TUIAN and ABHOT, but quite superfluous after “nutshell”
  • Bull! – The epic tale about the IT mania, the stock bubble and the consequent crash
  • The Logic of Life – Tim Harford
  • Irrational exuberance – Shiller
  • Holy grail of macroeconomics – Koo
  • The return of depression economics – Krugman
  • The great reflation – Boeckh

Required Reading For Investors

  1. Margin Of Safety – Seth Klarman
  2. Reminiscences of a stock operator – Edwin Lefevre
  3. DUPLICATE: The Most Important Thing – Howard Marks
  4. Hedgehogging – Barton Biggs
  5. Fooling some of the people all of the time – Einhorn
  6. DUPLICATE: The Black Swan – Taleb
  7. DUPLICATE: BULL! – Maggie Mahar
  8. DUPLICATE: The great crash – Galbraith
  9. DUPLICATE: How an economy grows and why it crashes – Peter Schiff
  10. The death of money – James Rickards
  11. The Retarded Hedge Fund manager – Karl-Mikael Syding

School text books

  • Statistics – Newbold
  • Basic Econometrics – Gujarati
  • Futures and Options – Hull
  • Principles of Corporate Finance – Brealey & Myers
  • Valuation – Copeland
  • Macroeconomics -Dornbusch and Fischer

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