Who says investors can’t read sci-fi? Just because you’re a die-hard trader doesn’t mean you should only be reading overtly markets-focused literature.
There’s some merit to taking a break from reading hard-core investing books (and, of course, MarketWatch) and curling up with a good piece of historical fiction.That’s at least what famed New York City-based financial advisor Josh Brown will likely be doing this summer.
Brown crowd-sourced a list of 140 suggested books worth reading, and very few of them are the typically investing books you would expect. Brown then narrowed that list down to 24. Ultimately he’s looking to narrow that list down to 7; that’s a book a week during his kids’ summer vacation.
There’s “Creativity, Inc.” by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull — a reminder that quants may rule your team, but creativity will take your team to the next level. Or try “Ready Player One,” a future dystopia that involves playing video games in a virtual reality world. And how about a history lesson courtesy of Henry Kissinger in “World Order”?
Here are those 24 books — and very few of them have anything to do with investing:
- Against the Gods by Peter Bernstein
- American Caesar by William Manchester
- Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
- Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
- Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves
- Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Fortune’s Formula by William Poundstone
- The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
- The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby
- Operation Nemesis by Eric Bogosian
- Paradise Now by Chris Jennings
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
- The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates
- The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
- The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
- Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
- We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
- World Order by Henry Kissinger
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