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Top Finance Books with Keen Storytelling

Books that demonstrate how to structure and narrate stories about finance in ways that bring them to life--even for the non-initiated.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Tenth Edition)

It's unlikely that you'll spot many dog-eared copies of A Random Walk floating amongst the Wall Street set (although bookshelves at home may prove otherwise). After all, a "random walk"--in market terms--suggests that a "blindfolded monkey" would have as much luck selecting a portfolio as a pro.

Liar's Poker

As described by Lewis, liar's poker is a game played in idle moments by workers on Wall Street, the objective of which is to reward trickery and deceit. With this as a metaphor, Lewis describes his four years with the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, from his bizarre hiring through the training program to his years as a successful bond trader.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction.

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

A business book that is as riveting as an adventure novel... a masterpiece Huffington Post When the financial crisis of this decade is being taught in business schools, All the Devils Are Here could be the textbook.

The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

After Tom Wolfe defined the '60s in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and the cultural U-turn at the turn of the '80s in The Right Stuff, nobody thought he could ever top himself again.

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility"

Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb continues his exploration of randomness in his fascinating new book, The Black Swan, in which he examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact.

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World: William J. Bernstein: 9780802144164: Amazon.com: Books

"[An] entertaining and greatly enlightening book . . . Bernstein is a fine writer and knows how to tell a great story well. . . . A Splendid Exchange is a splendid book." -The New York Times"Superb . . . [A] significant contribution . . . The chronological range of Bernstein's book is staggering.

Common Sense on Mutual Funds

"As founder of the giant mutual fund company, Vanguard Group, Bogle writes what he knows: how to steer one's way through mutual funds and the numbing variety of investment alternatives available today.

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

The leveraged buyout of the RJR Nabisco Corporation for $25 billion is a landmark in American business history, a story of avarice on an epic scale. Two versions of the fierce competition for the largest buyout ever consummated are presented by skilled journalists with contrasting styles.

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron: Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind: 978159184...

Like its subject, The Smartest Guys in the Room is ambitious, grand in scope, and ruthless in its dealings. Unlike Enron, the Texas-based energy giant that has come to represent the post-millennium collapse of 1990s go-go corporate culture, it's also ultimately successful.

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

A business book that is as riveting as an adventure novel... a masterpiece Huffington Post When the financial crisis of this decade is being taught in business schools, All the Devils Are Here could be the textbook.

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (9th Edition)

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (9th Edition) - Kindle edition by John C Hull. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (9th Edition).