Recommended Reading


The Palisade Research Recommended Reading and Book List


I am an avid reader about all things finance related.

History, investing strategies, philosophy, risk, and everything else.

Many who know me have seen my huge library of physical books I have in my house and the stacks of books all over.

I believe that a good investing book should be – above all else – practical. Most are just noise and useless theory that doesn’t do anything for the reader long term.

As an investor and reader, I want original ideas that have actionable advice so I can better my strategies and benefit from it…

After debating with my team, we put together a list of books that have impacted us and think will give you practical use. 

Nowhere else will you find such a large and resourceful book list. . .

– Adrm Tumerkan


Risk Management, Uncertainty, Probabilities, and Dealing with Volatility. . .

  1. Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
  2. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
  3. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
  4. The Fat Tail by Ian Bremmer and Preston Kent
  5. The Drunkards Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
  6. Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein
  7. The Misbehavior of Markets by Benoit Mandelbrot
  8. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
  9. The Theory That Would Not Die – Bayes Theroem by Sharon Mcgrayne
  10. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff


Being Contrarian. . .

  1. Be Unreasonable by Paul Lemberg
  2. The Art of Contrary Thinking by Humphrey Bancroft Neill
  3. Contrarian Investment Strategies: Beat the Market Against the Crowd by David Dreman
  4. The Trouble with Prosperity – A Contrarian’s Tale of Boom, Bust, and Speculation by Jim Grant
  5. Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
  6. The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  7. Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity by Richard Sauer
  8. The Big Score: Robert Friedland, INCO, and the Voisey Bay Hustle by Jacquie McNish


All Things ‘Cycle Theory’ Related. . .

  1. Tomorrow’s Gold by Marc Faber
  2. Capital Returns by Edward Chancellor
  3. Devil Take the Hindmost by Edward Chancellor
  4. BULL: A History of Boom and Busts by Maggie Mahar
  5. The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays edited by Richard M. Ebeling
  6. Austrian School Business Cycle Theory by Murray Rothbard
  7. The Origin of Financial Crises by George Cooper
  8. The Structure of Production by Mark Skousen
  9. Profiting From Monetary Policy: Investing Through the Business Cycle by Thomas Aubrey
  10. The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History by David Hacket Fischer


Macro-Economics. . .

  1. Currency Wars by Jim Rickards
  2. The Alchemy of Finance by George Soros
  3. When Money Dies by Adam Fergusson
  4. Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution by Andrew W. Lo
  5. The End of Theory: Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics by Richard Bookstaber
  6. The Invisible Hands by Steven Drobny
  7. More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby
  8. Monetary Regimes and Inflation: History, Economics, and Political Relationships by Peter Bernholz


Behavioral Economics and Finance. . .

  1. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
  2. Misbehaving by Richard Thaler
  3. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  4. The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon
  5. The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life by Avinash Dixit
  6. Fads and Fallacies by Martin Gardner
  7. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
  8. What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul
  9. Essays of Persuasion by John Maynard Keynes
  10. More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places by Michael J. Mauboussin
  11. Market Wizards: How Winning Traders Win by Jack D. Schwager
  12. Behavioral Investing: A Practitioners Guide to Applying Behavioral Finance by James Montier


Complex System and the Science of Complexity. . .

  1. Simply Complexity by Neil Johnson
  2. Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems by Didier Sornette
  3. Complexity, Risk, and Financial Markets by Edgar Peters
  4. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell


Theory of Economics. . .

  1. Man, Economy, State by Murray Rothbard
  2. America’s Great Depression by Murray Rothbard
  3. Making Economic Sense: Collected Essays by Murray Rothbard
  4. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  5. The Case for Gold by Ron Paul
  6. Human Action by Ludwig Von Mises
  7. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  8. The Causes of Economic Crisis – Essays by Ludwig Von Mises
  9. Socialism by Ludwig Von Mises
  10. Theory and History by Ludwig Von Mises
  11. The Essays of Political Economy by Fredric Bastiat
  12. Stabilizing an Unstable Economy by Hyman Minsky


Interest Rates, Banking, and The Federal Reserve. . .

  1. Creature from Jekyll Island by Edward Griffin
  2. End the Fed by Ron Paul
  3. The Case Against the Fed by Murray Rothbard
  4. The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby
  5. America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve by Roger Lowenstein


Value Investing and other Investing Strategies. . .

  1. Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham
  2. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
  3. A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street by Mark Skousen
  4. The Most Important Thing Illuminated by Howard Marks
  5. Manual of Ideas by John Mihaljevic
  6. Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman
  7. You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
  8. The Dao of Capital by Mark Spitznagel
  9. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre
  10. Pitch the Perfect Investment by Paul D. Sonkin, Paul Johnson
  11. Accounting for Value by Stephen Penman
  12. Financial Shenanigans: How To Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports by Howard Schilit
  13. The Dark Side of Valuation: Valuing Young, Distressed, and Complex Businesses by Aswath Damodaran
  14. Value Investing: Tools and Techniques for Intelligent Investment by James Montier
  15. Distressed Debt Analysis: Strategies for Speculative Investors by Stephen G. Moyer


Optionality, Anti-fragility and Option Trading. . .

  1. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
  2. Dynamic Hedging: Managing Vanilla and Exotic Options by Nassim Taleb
  3. Commodity Options by Carley Garner and Paul Brittain


Short Selling and Profiting from Collapsing Prices. . .

  1. Dead Companies Walking by Scott Fearon
  2. Art of Short Selling by Kathryn Staley
  3. The Most Dangerous Trade by Richard Teitelbaum
  4. Anatomy of the Bear by Russel Napier
  5. Short Selling: Finding Uncommon Short Ideas by Amit Kumar


Other Various Great Reads. . .

  1. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin
  2. The Gold Cartel by Dimitri Speck
  3. Gold: The Monetary Polaris by Nathan K. Lewis
  4. Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers
  5. Street Smarts by Jim Rogers
  6. Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  7. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out): The Bankrupting of Argentina by Paul Blustein
  8. By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World by Elizabeth Economy
  9. Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America by Qiao Liang
  10. Hot Commodities by Jim Rogers
  11. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough
  12. The Autobiography of Benjamin by Franklin Stanley Applebaum
  13. Fiat Money: Inflation in France by Andrew Dickson White
  14. The Colder War by Marin Katusa
  15. Borrow: The American Way of Debt by Louis Hyman
  16. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Life by Nassim Taleb
  17. A Man for All Markets by Edward Thorpe
  18. The Greatest Trade Ever by Gregory Zuckerman
  19. Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq, and the Future of the Dollar by William R. Clark
  20. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  21. The Tyranny of Experts by William Easterly
  22. The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper

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