Books: recommendations and reviews

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Start-up Books

Suggested first reads for an introduction to Boglehead Investing. Note: There is no general consensus on what are the best first books, but this short list is very popular.

Suggested first reads for general financial education.

  • Smart and Simple Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn
  • The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

You can find more information on these books below, including Taylor Larimore's highlights (gems).


Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 Common Sense on Mutual Funds: 10th Anniversary Edition - John C. Bogle Taylor's Gems
2000 Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor - John C. Bogle Taylor's Gems
2000 Irrational Exuberance - Robert Shiller
1998 Winning the Loser's Game - Charles Ellis
1994 Stocks for the Long Run - Jeremy Siegel ( revised 2007)
1989 One Up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market - Peter Lynch
1985 A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel (revised 2003, 2007) Taylor's Gems
1958 Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits - Philip Fisher
1955 Where are the Customer's Yachts: Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street - Fred Schwed (revised 2006) Taylor's Gems
1949 The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing - Benjamin Graham (revised 2005) Taylor's Gems

General Financial Planning

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2006 Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People - Jane Bryant Quinn
1978 The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias (revised 2005) Only Investment Guide

General Investment

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 The Investor's Manifesto- William Bernstein Taylor's Gems
2009 The Little Book of Safe Money: How to Conquer Killer Markets, Con Artists, and Yourself - Jason Zweig Taylor's Gems
2007 The ETF Book: All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2007 Wise Investing Made Simple - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2006 All About Index Funds (2nd Edition) - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2006 The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore, Michael LeBeouf, Mel Lindauer Bogleheads Guide Taylor's Gems
2006 The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read: The Simple, Stress-Free Way to Reach Your Investment Goals - Daniel Solin Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read Taylor's Gems
2006 The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You'll Ever Need - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2005 All About Asset Allocation - Rick Ferri All About Asset Allocation Taylor's Gems
2005 Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment - David Swensen Taylor's Gems
2004 The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing: A Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries About Dealing with Their Money - Paul Farrell Taylor's Gems
2004 The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2003 The Informed Investor: A Hype-free Guide to Construct a Sound Financial Portfolio - Frank Armstrong Taylor's Gems
2003 Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2002 The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio - William Bernstein (revised June 17, 2010[1]) Taylor's Gems
2002 The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street and Get On With Your Life - Bill Schultheis Taylor's Gems
2002 Rational Investing in Irrational Times - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2000 The Intelligent Asset Allocator:How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk - Bernstein, William Intelligent Asset Allocator
2000 The Bond Bible - Marilyn Cohen


Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 The Bogleheads' Guide To Retirement Planning - Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Rick Ferri, & Laura Dogu, editors Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning Taylor's Gems
2006 Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Securing IRAs, 401(k)s, and Other Retirement Plans for Yourself and Your Family - Ed Slott
2006 Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably - Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth
2006 Mind over Money: Your Path to Wealth and Happiness - Eric Tyson
2005 Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money! - Paul Merriman
2005 The Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Need to Retire? - Terry Savage
2004 Asset Dedication - Stephen Huxley & J. Brent Burns
2004 Buckets of Money: How to Retire in Comfort and Safety - Ray Lucia Buckets of Money Buckets #1; Buckets #2; Buckets #3
2004 How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get From Your Financial Advisor - Ernie Zelinski
2001 J.K. Lasser's Your Winning Retirement Plan - Henry Hebeler
2001 Retirement Bible - Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Behavioral Finance

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2007 The Black Swan - Nicholas Taleb Black Swan; Nicholas Taleb
2007 Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig Taylor's Gems
2005 Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets - Nicholas Taleb Taylor's Gems
2001 When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management - Roger Lowenstein
1998 Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter Bernstein

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See also


  1. The revised edition (2010) has no changes except for a revised postscript (Four Pillars with 2010 Postscript, forum discussion). The 2002 version can be found on here.

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