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Minyanville's 2006 Book Recommendations: Part I


Some of the best Wall Street minds offer their picks...


Read any good books lately? Just in case you haven't, we're here to help.

Nothing stands the test of time--or can make it go by faster--than a great book. And since sharing the best ideas is our thing here in the 'Ville, we've asked our professors to share their favorites from the past year with the Minyanville Community.

Take a look to see what the pros are reading to stay sharp and send us your favorites for our Reader's Choice column.

Rod David:

Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategies for No Limit Tournament
by Dan Harrington

No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice
by David Sklansky

Poker Wisdom of a Champion, originally titled According to Doyle
by Doyle Brunson

  • Some of the best books for traders aren't even about trading...The market is playing poker, and playing it well.
  • Other players are trying to read its tells, judging the market, when they should be the market. Understanding various poker tactics helps to understand whether the market is just bluffing, or really has pocket aces. No one can bet enough to make the market fold a marginal or drawing hand, but the market does that all of the time. And that's a big weapon to have or to not have, so it's a losing proposition to play against the market.
  • A better understanding of poker also helps on Wednesday nights, which is almost as important.

Ryan Krueger:

Market Wizards and New Market Wizards
by Jack Scwager
  • I can think of nothing better than always learning from the best in the world; Jack talked to many of them. I don't ever re-read books except for these two.

by Michael Lewis

  • My single favorite book on investing, told through the language of baseball.

Adventure Capitalist
by Jim Rogers

  • He gets a bad rap sometimes but nobody was more right, at the right time about commodities than this tour of the world led him to be.

The Mystery of Capital
by Hernando de Soto

  • Why Capitalism triumphs in the west and fails every where else.

Brian Gilmartin:

Capitalism and Freedom
by Milton Friedman

From Beirut to Jerusalem
by Thomas Friedman

9/11 Commission Report

t's Not About the Bike
by Lance Armstrong

Vitaliy Katsenelson

The Essays of Warren Buffett
by Warren Buffett
  • A book full of wisdom directly from the source – The Buffett himself. Buffett's annual reports and other writings organized by topic. I'd read this book before I'd look at any other book written about Buffett.

Basic Economics
by Thomas Sowell

  • My favorite economic book. After reading this book you'll never look at price gouging the same way (just one of many critical concepts he explains well). I probably learned more from this book than I learned from years of economics classes.

Fooled by Randomness
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • I read this book probably four times. After reading this book you'll never look investment (or any) success the same way.

The Coffee Trader
by David Liss

  • A great tale on how the street functioned in 15th Century in Netherlands, and how coffee came to Europe. Also an interesting read on how Jewish people lived in Europe.

Lance Lewis:

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

Jason Goepfert:

Winning on Wall Street
by Martin Zweig
  • An approachable book that is suitable even for complete newbies to the stock market, it clearly and concisely outlines ways to systematically view data and apply what you've learned.

Pit Bull
by Martin Schwarz

  • My favorite first-person account of a trader's journey through the process of becoming a trader. Ranks right up there with the Market Wizards books.

Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom
by Van Tharp

  • The clearest book I know of that focuses on risk as opposed to reward. It does a great job of highlighting expectancy of a trading system.

David Miller:

This might seem self-serving, although I don't get any royalties, but I honestly think it is a good book.

Master Traders
edited by Fari Hamzei
  • Minyans David Miller, Jon "Dr. J" Najarian, Kevin Tuttle, Greg Collins, Phil Erlanger, Steve Shobin, and Jeff deGraaf all wrote chapters for one of the most well-received investment books of 2006.

    The book focuses on equities and derivatives for experienced traders, but it is full of tips even beginning investors can understand.

Click here to read Minyanville's 2006 Book Recommendations: Part II

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