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Here are 50 books I recommend

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I get a lot of emails wondering what books I read, so I decided to make a list of them.

Here are 50 of my favorite books in personal finance, social psychology, entrepreneurship, and design. Each one has been pretty influential to me. Check them out.

Note: This damn Amazon thing was the easiest way out there, but it still doesn’t work perfectly. If the box below doesn’t show up properly, here’s a full link: http://astore.amazon.com/iwillteachyou-20.

The full link again to the list: http://astore.amazon.com/iwillteachyou-20.

And if you’re wondering what I want to read, here’s my Amazon wishlist.

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richfromyourhome
9 years 9 months ago

Maybe it’s obvious, but I think you should disclose that your link is an affiliate link and that you do get a small cut of any sales made through your site.

Ramit Sethi
9 years 9 months ago

Oops, yes–thanks. Yes, my Amazon affiliate link is encoded in the URL and if you decide to buy any of the books, I get a small cut.

Pedro Pais
9 years 9 months ago

Have you read all of them?

Could you please be kind enough to tell us what general guidelines do you use to assess if a book is worth reading?

Thanks.

Ramit Sethi
9 years 9 months ago

Yep, I’ve read (or re-read) all of these this year. There’s no set criteria–I mostly read reviews online/in newspapers, and get recommendations from friends–but these are the books that have had the most impact on me in 2006 in business and personal life.

eR0CK
9 years 9 months ago

Hmm … surprised to see a Cramer book here.

I guess as an author he provides much more information then on his retarded TV show 😀

-Erich

Ramit Sethi
9 years 9 months ago

Totally. I hate Jim Cramer’s philosophy (see my previous article here), but his book is about his career as a hedge-fund manager. I’ll write a full review later, but the book isn’t about his ZANY STOCK TIPS!!! Instead, it’s full of insights about (1) why the financial industry doesn’t serve people like us, and (2) Cramer’s self-awareness about this. It’s really a great book.

Andre
Andre
9 years 9 months ago

Excellent – thanks Ramit!

eR0CK
9 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Ramit. I’ll be adding this book along with several others listed to my stack of reading.

Dale Swinford
Dale Swinford
9 years 9 months ago
Ramit, I thought I’d pass along the observation that your blogsite doesn’t “scale” well in Internet Explorer 7. Being an old, dumb and blind guy, I like (need?) to use the 125% or 150% size option in order to read comfortably. Unfortunately, even though your cool-looking Amazon box has scrollbars, the column containing it ovelaps the right-hand column…a fairly ugly result. I realize that your posts are directed toward young people who don’t have my eyesight issues; OTOH, I like to follow your thoughts on a regular basis so I can pass on useful tidbits to the kids (who are… Read more »
Jake
Jake
9 years 9 months ago

Already stated, but don’t try to play off “This damn Amazon thing was the easiest way out there”. There was thousands of other ways to make a better list (ex. bullet points). You’re just trying to get the commission.

Learnyourfinances
9 years 9 months ago

Ramit,

How much of a percentage does Amazon pay to its affiliates? Just curious.

J.R

SCapitalist
9 years 9 months ago

Great list. It’s nice to see such a diverse range of topics. I think that sometimes people are so focused on “personal finance”, they spend all their time reading technical books. Yet, books on psychology and productivity can be very beneficial. You have a background in psychology, as do I, and it shows in you reading selections.

Ramit Sethi
9 years 9 months ago

J.R., it’s ~4-6%.

Dale: Thanks for the feedback. I’m working on making it easier to read (here’s a preview of some simple changes that are coming).

TZ
TZ
9 years 9 months ago

I borrowed _Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America_, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and it is a highly recommended read for a humbling experience on the ‘have nots’ in America.

Neil T
9 years 9 months ago

I like your idea of putting up books you’ve read. I hope you don’t mind that I did the same on my blog. I referenced your site tho. I’ll check out some of your recommendations.

kayla
9 years 9 months ago

Next time you put up a book list, try library thing, and you can link it to your profile. I dig it, anyways.

Thanks for the list, I’ll have to add these to my “to read” list.

Sara
Sara
9 years 9 months ago

Why does anyone care if he gets commission on the Amazon links? I’m glad there’s some small way Ramit can benefit while he puts up all this free content for our use. It’s not like it affected his selection of books or otherwise influenced the content.

Robin
Robin
9 years 9 months ago

I dont think anyone cares that much but some disclosure is certainly nice.

Jennifer Lynn
9 years 9 months ago
A very useful and comprehensive list. I’ve read roughly 1/2 the books on here as well and you’ve made some great selections. I’ve just finished David Bach’s “Automatic Millionaire” (an easy yet enjoyable read which literally took me about an hour to get through), but haven’t dabbled into Seth Godin yet. I’ve pretty much devoured all of Suze’s books. I love her, although many seem to disagree /; I’ll probably try the Boglehead’s Guide to Investing next. And yes, Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” is a very enlightening and haunting journalistic piece that is well worth checking into. All right,… Read more »
frank
9 years 9 months ago

i dont mind ramit making some commission, but yes, disclosure is nice. the amazon thing seems more convenient to me since you can get the exact title and author, plus get a pretty cover picture and be able to click on it for more details like isbn and read reviews. overall, i think it serves the reader well. if he can benefit from that too, so what? win-win.

thanks for the list.

j
j
9 years 9 months ago
Regarding these books; I’ve read a few of them. A Random Walk Down Wall Street is one of the most interesting books on the stock market I’ve ever read and I heartily agree with that recommendation. Even if you don’t agree wholly with Malkiel’s conclusions it’s best to be familiar with the theory behind them. The Tipping Point was a great book, but I thought that Blink was a bit of a clunker. I don’t know why really; it just felt a little silly to me to write a whole book about the fact that people tend to make snap… Read more »
Lore
9 years 8 months ago

Try using when displaying the Amazon store. Insert scrolling=”yes” in the script and height=”1000″ Drop all menu items to the right. Since your working with a fixed table size your field won’t expand but you give your visitors the opportunity to at least scroll to the right.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter
9 years 7 months ago

“GRAVE TRAVELERS” was the strangest and most engrossing book I’ve ever read. It was like a Stephen King book with real characters, and a story line that was indefinable.

Don
Don
9 years 5 months ago

You should add “All Your Worth” by Elizabeth Warren and her daughter Amelia to your wishlist if you haven’t read it.

Personally I don’t Suze Orman’n credibility so high after reports that she doesn’t even follow the philosophy of her own books.

M
M
9 years 2 months ago

If you liked “Nickel and Dimed”, the better version of this book is “The Working Poor” by David K. Shipler (Pulitzer prize winning author).

Chance
Chance
9 years 24 days ago

Looks like a great list, some I’ve read, but most remain on my “wish list.” Just curious, have you ever read any of Dave Ramsey’s books? Any opinions on his financial philosophy?

Brad B
Brad B
8 years 11 months ago

Two that should definitly be there (hope I didn’t miss them) are Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley.
The Total Money Makeover absolutely works and Stanley’s book is an awesome eye opener to what a being real millionaire entails

Patricia
Patricia
8 years 6 months ago

A book I’m reading, “Cash-Rich Retirement” by James Schlagheck encourages people to build a “ladder of annuities”. The idea is to invest some money in an annuity every year so you have different streams of income after you retire. Where can I learn more about annuities and this “ladder” idea besides this particular book? Any suggestions?

Herb Wright
Herb Wright
5 months 22 days ago
Design 1 Herbwrightbooks.com The Craving and the Cross is a bold political thriller. The villain is a callous CEO who has achieved incredible financial success. He is a visionary and resourceful businessman who lives without limits. He is now approaching age fifty and has become consumed with finding the key to immortality. He lives an enviable life, full of power, passion and intrigue. He has everything so many of us desire but he feels unfulfilled. He is bizarre and amoral. Joe is a homeless man, who loves virtue and believes that God speaks to him. As the result of a… Read more »
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