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Stansberry Research’s Recommended Reading

Collectively, Stansberry Research’s analysts have read over 1,000 books on wealth, investment, and economics. Below, you’ll find our favorites. We believe these books will help make you a much, much better investor.
We’ve categorized the books as follows (click on the category to jump):
History & Economics
Wealth Building and Personal Success

History & Economics

A History of The American People

Paul Johnson is one of Stansberry Research’s favorite historians. This is his excellent, comprehensive book on U.S. history.

The Big Short

This is Michael Lewis’ book on the people who made a fortune during the 2008 credit crisis. It’s one of the most entertaining financial books ever written.

Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”

This great book exposes a lot of misconceptions about the “great statesman,” Winston Churchill. You’ll see how he drove the British Empire into the ground.

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

A good read on the 20th century’s battle between free markets and central planning. The companion DVD set is excellent.

Eat the Rich

Force your children to read this book and learn how the world really works. It's the best explanation of economics available... and it's hilarious.

Economics in One Lesson

This classic book is a rarity. It’s an easy-to-read, common sense guide to economics.

Empire of Debt

A great piece of financial history. This book describes how the U.S. is borrowing and spending its way to the poorhouse.

Gold: The Once and Future Money

A great book on the history of gold and its use as money.

Modern Times

Another great history book from Paul Johnson. This one covers the world from the 1920s through the 1980s. It tells story after story of how big government doesn’t work.

The Power of Gold

A great history of gold and mankind's lust for it.

The Prize

An incredible history of oil. Full of neat stories and facts. Daniel Yergin achieved something great by writing this book.

The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

This history of post-World War II Africa is full of interesting stories… and it’s very well written.

World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

Author Richard Maybury is a national treasure. We encourage you and your children to read his books over and over. They are a pleasure to read. This one covers World War I

World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

Author Richard Maybury is a national treasure. We encourage you and your children to read his books over and over. They are a pleasure to read. This one covers World War II.


Beating the Street

A great book from Peter Lynch. It goes into detail about specific industries. Lynch also offers his 25 golden rules of investing, which are incredibly valuable.

Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust

A well-written book about the 2000 stock market crash... and the people who saw it coming.

Crisis Investing for the Rest of the '90s

Timeless lessons in money, markets, and philosophy from expert investor Doug Casey.

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation

The best book on financial bubbles... a much easier read than Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investors of all time. His writings on business, investment, and wealth are priceless. You’ll find them in this collection.

F Wall Street

An easy-to-read guide on how to identify and value great businesses.

Fooled by Randomness

With stories about the huge role randomness plays in life, Nassim Nicholas Taleb takes the wind out of Wall Street's sails.


Great collection of stories by famed hedge-fund manager/analyst Barton Biggs.

Hot Commodities

The master, Jim Rogers, on the basics of commodity investing... and his favorite ways to play the commodity boom.

The Intelligent Investor

Frequently cited as one of the ultimate investment books. The most important advice is in Chapter 20 (about margin of safety) and Chapter 8 (the story of Mr. Market).

Investment Biker

The legendary Jim Rogers' first book. International finance, wild travel stories, and investment 101 through South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. All on motorcycles.

Liar’s Poker

Michael Lewis' classic story of rising through the Solomon Brothers' system.

The Little Book that Still Beats the Market

Easy to read and easy to understand. It'll teach you a simple investment approach that boils down to: buy good businesses, but only at cheap prices.

Margin of Safety

Seth Klarman is one of the greatest stock market investors of all time. Margin of Safety describes his contrarian approach.

The Mind of Wall Street

The late Leon Levy made a fortune on Wall Street. This book is full of real stories explaining how he did it.

The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor

Written by one of the great investors of our time, Howard Marks. This is an easy-to-read book full of timeless common sense.

One Up on Wall Street

This book will teach you how to think about the overall stock market and how to spot good businesses to buy. Peter Lynch is famous for encouraging investors to buy what they understand.

Practical Speculation

Vic Niederhoffer's chapter on technical analysis alone is worth the price of the book.

Secrets of the Natural Resource Market

This book is one of the most comprehensive guides to resource investing Stansberry Research has ever published. Whether you're just starting out in resources or looking for ways to reduce your risk while increasing your profits… this is a must-have guide.

The Stansberry Research Guide to Investment Basics

If you're new to investing or simply want a handy reference guide to investment concepts, this book will tell you everything you need to know to get started in the financial markets. You'll learn the key terms and concepts of investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and more.

The Stansberry Research Starter’s Guide for New Investors

Many people never achieve their financial goals because they either delay getting started or they don't know where to start. This book identifies the 10 core concepts that are vital to successful wealth building and investment. Take them to heart, and you can ignore just about everything else.

Street Smarts

Legendary investor Jim Rogers on the latest form of currency control, the most exciting economies in the world, and what assets you can buy to profit from government money printing.

Wall Street Meat

Andy Kessler's first-hand account of the late '90s tech boom.

What Works on Wall Street

Author James O’Shaughnessy crunched a lot of data to produce this book... which reveals the few stock market approaches that actually work.

Winning on Wall Street

Marty Zweig was one of the greatest market analysts ever. Learn how he did it.

World Dominating Dividend Growers: Income Streams that Never Go Down

There's no easier way to grow your money over time than with Extreme Value editor Dan Ferris' World Dominating Dividend Grower strategy. In his book, Dan talks about how WDDGs consistently beat the S&P 500… why WDDGs are safer than U.S. Treasury Bonds… the three easy steps to an income-rich retirement… how to easily identify WDDGs with Dan's 5 Financial Clues… and much, much more.

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius

This book details specific, useful approaches to stock investing that most people never use. It's considered required reading in the hedge-fund industry.


High Income Retirement

Dr. David Eifrig has compiled an unprecedented track record in the newsletter industry. In this book, "Doc" shares the step-by-step details of the investing strategy he used to close 136 consecutive winning positions. He also debunks the most common misconceptions of stock options and explains why most people misuse them.

Market Wizards

Interviews with the best traders and investors in the world. The Jim Rogers interview might be the most important 40 pages you'll ever read about investing.

The New Market Wizards

More interviews with the best traders and investors in the world.

The Options Workbook

This is a solid resource for learning options basics. You’ll learn options in no time if you make use of the “workbook” aspect.

Pit Bull

Few people can make a dime by independently trading short-term market movements. Marty Schwartz made millions doing it. Pit Bull is his book. The story about his wife's mink coat is hilarious.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

At his height in the 1920s, Jesse Livermore was one of the biggest traders in the world. This account of Livermore making and losing huge fortunes contains the commandments of speculation.

Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom

The two major lessons to learn from this book: How to exit a trade, and how much money to place in a trade.

Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master

Vic Sperandeo is an encyclopedia of market information and history. He used his knowledge to string together a 10-year stretch of annualized 70% gains that started in the late '70s. Learn his methods here.

Wealth Building and Personal Success

Choose Yourself

This is a great guidebook on life and business. James Altucher reveals how to build a new business and how to handle pressure, stress, failure, and success in life.

The Doctor’s Protocol Field Manual

This book from Dr. Eifrig details dozens of secrets, ideas, and strategies that will help protect your family from real-life crises. It includes what to do on a crashing jet-liner, how to ship your assets offshore, the must-have items for surviving an enduring crisis, and much more.

How to Be Rich

This is no “get rich quick” book. It’s a book about the attitudes, beliefs, and habits that produce wealth. This classic was written over 40 years ago, but it will be relevant forever.

How to Get Rich

A modern classic on building wealth. Felix Dennis is a unique author: an entertaining, expert wealth-builder who is also a great writer.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

This is a classic, must-read book on how to be successful. It will be relevant 100 years from now.


A great story on how to achieve success by thinking unconventionally.

The Richest Man in Babylon

One of the top 10 all-time classics on wealth-building and success.

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