Click thru for curated lists of the best books on finance


Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles Kindleberger

This Time Is Different by Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff

Common Sense on Mutual Funds by John C. Bogle

Against the Gods by Peter L Bernstein

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Finance makes the world go around, so it’s important that you understand at least the very basics. We have two introductory interviews on finance: one is an ‘understanding high finance’ reading list with journalist and novelist John Lanchester, who taught himself all about it. The other is with Andrew Lo, a leading light in the field and a professor who teaches finance at MIT.

Beyond those, Jason Zweig takes us through his best books on personal finance and Burton Malkiel chooses his best books on investing. Marc Faber chooses his best books on investment. James Owen Weatherall chooses his top books on physics and financial markets and Jonathan Gruber chooses his best books on public finance. Gary Gorton looks at financial crises, and Charles Morris at crashes.

A number of finance books are recommended more than once. Andrew Lo and Charles Morris both choose This Time It’s Different­ by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. Burton Malkiel and Jason Zweig both recommend Common Sense on Mutual Funds by John C Bogle. Zweig and John Lanchester both recommend Against the Gods: the Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter Bernstein as a great introduction to the history of how the mastering of probability helped to transform human society. Morris and Faber both choose Manias Panics Crashes: A history of Financial Crashes by Charles P Kindleberger.


There is, of course, a lot of overlap in this subject with investment, but if you’re looking for books specifically on investment, please click on our ‘How to Invest’ section. All our interviews on financial crises can be found here.

Best books about CRYPTOCURRENCY, recommended by David Birch

Best books about FINANCE, recommended by Andrew W Lo

Best books about INVESTING, recommended by Burton Milkier

Best books about PERSONAL FINANCE, recommended by Jason Zweig

Best books about PHYSICS AND FINANCIAL MARKETS, recommended by James Owen Weatherall

Best books about PUBLIC FINANCE, recommended by Jonathan Gruber

Best books about UNDERSTANDING HIGH FINANCE, recommended by John Lanchester

Best books about FINANCIAL CRISES, recommended by Gary Gorton

Best books about FINANCIAL CRASHES, recommended by Charles Morris

Best books about INVESTMENT, recommended by Marc Faber

Best books about THE POOR AND THEIR MONEY, recommended by Stuart Rutherford

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