2013 Wall Street Reading List

A collection of the Wall Street Reading List's best business books published in 2013.


The Essays of Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett
The Essays of Warren Buffet is a must-read for anyone interested in investing, finance, and business. This collection of writings and musings from the legendary investor offers practical, no-nonsense advice and insights on a wide range of topics. Warren Buffet is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors of all time, and his approach to business and investing is characterized by a focus on long-term value, careful analysis, and a commitment to integrity. In The Essays of Warren Buffet, Buffet shares his thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics, including the role of a business leader, the importance of evaluating risk and reward, and the dangers of overvaluation. The book is organized into sections that cover different aspects of business and investing, including leadership, valuation, and the economy. In each section, Buffet offers his insights and observations, drawing on his personal experiences and his deep understanding of the business world.

The Most Important Thing

Howard Marks
The Most Important Thing" is a comprehensive guide to investing, written by Howard Marks, a renowned investor and author with over four decades of experience in the field. In the book, Marks draws on his extensive knowledge of value investing and risk management to provide practical advice and insights on how to approach investing in today's market. One of the key themes of the book is the importance of recognizing and managing risk. Marks argues that investors must be aware of the risks they are taking, and must have a clear understanding of the potential consequences of their decisions. He also emphasizes the importance of diversification, stating that investors should not put all their eggs in one basket and should instead spread their investments across a variety of assets in order to mitigate risk. In addition to discussing risk management, Marks also offers insights on how to identify opportunities and make intelligent investment decisions. He advises investors to be patient and to avoid chasing after the latest trends, and instead to focus on finding undervalued assets that have the potential to generate long-term returns. He also advises investors to be aware of market bubbles and to avoid getting caught up in the hype of overvalued assets.


Roger Lowenstein
"Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist" by Roger Lowenstein is a biography of one of the most successful investors of all time, Warren Buffett. The book provides an in-depth look at Buffett's life and career, tracing his journey from a young man with a passion for investing to becoming one of the wealthiest and most respected figures in the business world. The author draws on interviews with Buffett, his family, and colleagues, as well as extensive research to provide a comprehensive and nuanced look at the man and his methods. The book covers Buffett's upbringing and early years, his education, and his first experiences in the world of investing. It examines the development of his investment philosophy and his approach to analyzing companies and making investment decisions. It also delves into his management style and leadership approach, as well as his role in the development of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate he leads. Additionally, the author provides insights on Buffett's unique personal life, such as his family, friends, and his own personal philosophies. "Buffett" is written in an engaging style, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. The author provides an in-depth look at Buffett's life and career, while also providing valuable insights into his investment philosophy and management approach, making it a great resource for both investors and business leaders. The book provides an unparalleled look into one of the most successful investors of our time and is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of finance and investing.

The Alchemists

Neil Irwin
"The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire" is a thought-provoking and informative non-fiction book written by Neil Irwin, a senior economic correspondent for The New York Times. The book takes an in-depth look at the 2008 financial crisis, one of the most devastating economic events of the 21st century, and the role that central banks played in trying to mitigate its impact. The book follows the stories of three central bankers - Ben Bernanke, Jean-Claude Trichet, and Mervyn King - as they navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent global economic meltdown. Irwin delves into the decision-making process of these powerful figures and the political and economic factors that influenced their actions. He provides a unique and insightful look into the inner workings of central banks, and the complex and often conflicting pressures they faced as they tried to stabilize the global economy. The book offers a detailed account of the various monetary and fiscal policies that were implemented, including quantitative easing and interest rate changes, and the impact they had on the global economy. The Alchemists is not only a comprehensive examination of the 2008 financial crisis, but also a sobering reminder of the fragility of the global economy. It is an essential read for anyone interested in economics, finance, and the inner workings of central banks. The book provides a clear and compelling narrative of the events that led to the crisis, the response of the central banks, and the long-term implications of their actions. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the economic forces that shape our world today.

The Buy Side

Turney Duff
The Buy Side is a memoir written by Turney Duff, a former stock trader on Wall Street. In the book, Duff shares his experiences working at some of the most prestigious hedge funds in the industry, including Galleon Group and Tudor Investments. He writes about the high-stakes world of stock trading, where millions of dollars can be won or lost in a single day, and the excesses of the finance industry, including lavish parties, drugs, and other forms of reckless behavior. At the same time, Duff also reflects on the personal challenges he faced during this time, including addiction to drugs and alcohol, and financial ruin. He writes about the pressure to constantly perform and the toll it took on his mental health, and how he eventually hit rock bottom and had to rebuild his life. Through his candid and often humorous writing, Duff offers an insider's perspective on the fast-paced and often cutthroat world of finance, and provides a cautionary tale about the dangers of letting success and money go to one's head. The Buy Side is a gripping and entertaining read that offers a unique look into the world of Wall Street and the highs and lows of a career in finance.

The Everything Store

Brad Stone
The Everything Store is a comprehensive and detailed look at the history of Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos. Written by Brad Stone, the book traces the company's evolution from its humble beginnings as an online bookseller to its current status as a massive e-commerce and technology giant that has disrupted countless industries. The book begins by discussing Bezos' early life and his time at D. E. Shaw, where he developed an interest in technology and business. It then covers the founding of Amazon and the company's rapid growth in the late 1990s, as it expanded beyond books and into a wide range of products and services. In addition to discussing Amazon's business strategies and innovations, the book also delves into the company's many controversies, including its labor practices and its impact on traditional retail businesses. The Everything Store also examines Bezos' leadership style and the company's corporate culture, which has been described as both demanding and innovative.