Warren Buffett’s Recommended Reading List

Warren Buffett Recommended Reading List

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”  

▪   (2008) Foods You Will Enjoy — The Story of Buffett’s Store, by Bill Buffett

▪   (2007) Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street by Fred Schwed, Jr

▪   (2007) Supermoney by Adam Smith

▪   (2007) The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

▪   (2007) Warren Buffett: An Illustrated Biography of the World’s Most Successful Investor by Ayano Morio

▪   (2006) Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger (Thrid Edition) by Peter Bevelin

▪   (2005) F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood In The Water On Wall Street by Frank Partnoy

▪   (2005) Travels with Barley: A Journey Through Beer Culture in America by Ken Wells [ WSJ Book]

▪    (2004) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

▪   (2004) Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger

▪   (2004) Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe by Graham Allison

▪   (2003) First a Dream by Jim Clayton

▪   (2003) Bull! : A History of the Boom, 1982-1999: What drove the Breakneck Market–and What Every Investor Needs to Know About Financial Cycles by Maggie Mahar

▪   (2003) The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

▪   (2003) In an Uncertain World by Bob Rubin

▪   (2003) The Intelligent Investor — 2003 Revised Edition by Jason Zweig

▪   (2003) Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton

▪    (2003) Science of Hitting by Ted Williams and John Underwood

▪   (2002) Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don’t Want You to Know. What you can do to fight back by Arthur Levitt

▪   (2001) The Warren Buffett CEO by Robert P Miles

▪   (2001) Security Analysis by Ben Graham and Dave Dodd

▪   (2001) Personal History by Katharine Graham

▪   (2000) The Farmer From Merna by Karl Schriftgeisser

▪   (2000) Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher

▪   (1998) The Expanded Quotable Einstein by Albert Einstein

▪   (1997) Only the Paranoid Survive : How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company by Andrew S. Grove

▪   (1996) The Money Masters by John Train

▪   (1996) Paths to wealth through common stocks by Philip Fisher

▪   (1995) A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class by Joseph Nocera

▪   (1994) The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series) by John Maynard Keynes

▪   (1994) The People V. Clarence Darrow : The Bribery Trial of America’s Greatest Lawyer by Geoffrey Cowan

▪   (1992) The Theory of Investment Value by John Burr Williams

▪   (1989) Essays in Persuasion by John Maynard Keynes




▪   The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley by Leslie Berlin

▪   Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street by Janet Lowe

▪   Will America Grow up Before it Grows Old : How the Coming Social Security Crisis Threatens You, Your Family and Your Country by Peter G. Peterson

▪    Father, Son & Co : My Life at IBM and Beyond by Thomas, Jr. Watson

▪   Memos from the Chairman by Alan C. Greenberg

▪   Jack Welch Speaks: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest Business Leader by Janet Lowe

▪   Quality Financial Reporting by Paul B. W. Miller & Paul R. Bahnson

▪   Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch

▪   Epidemic of Care : A Call for Safer, Better, and More Accountable Health Care by George C. Halvorson

▪   Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It” by Peter G. Peterson

▪   Speculative Contagion: An Antidote for Speculative Epidemics by Frank Martin

▪   The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Book Big Profits) by John C. Bogle

▪   The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald Keough

▪   John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years by John C. Bogle

▪   Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor by John C. Bogle

▪   The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People by James O’Loughlin

▪   Do Business with People You Can Trust: Balancing Profits and Principles by L. J. Rittenhouse


Over the years Warren Buffett has recommended a treasure trove of great reading material to insightful investors. This is an up-to-date (2014) list of the books that he believes are worth reading.  It is very unlikely that every book on the list above has been read and it is great to circle back every so often, looking at the books the Oracle of Omaha has read (and recommended) throughout his life. Don’t miss another great resource, Charlie Munger’s Recommended Reading List.


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