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Book recommendations and reviews offers suggestions for recommended reading, for both new and experienced investors. Books may have associated reviews in the wiki, and many have a forum-based discussion of the book contents.

Start-up books

There is no general consensus on what are the best first books, but this short list is very popular.

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2018 Taylor Larimore. The Bogleheads' Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio. ISBN 978-1119487333. (Discussion)
2017 John C. Bogle. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (10th Anniversary Edition). ISBN 978-1119404507. (Discussion)
2014 Taylor Larimore; Michael LeBoeuf; Mel Lindauer. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing. ISBN 978-1118921289. (Discussion)
2014 William Bernstein. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly. ISBN 978-0988780330. (Discussion) (Free download)
2011 Andrew Tobias. The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. ISBN 978-0547447254.
2010 Rick Ferri. All About Asset Allocation. ISBN 978-0071700788. (Discussion)
2009 William Bernstein. The Investor's Manifesto. ISBN 978-0470505144. (Discussion)
2005 Larry Swedroe. The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need. ISBN 978-0312339876. (Discussion)

Suggested first reads for general financial education:

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2011 Allan Roth. How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street. ISBN 978-0470919033. (Discussion)
2006 Jane Bryant Quinn. Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. ISBN 978-0743269957.

For those residing outside the US (or outside their home country):

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2020 Index Investing & Financial Independence for Expats (Free download), supplied by the SimplyFI group (Bahrain).
Written in a simple, easy-to-understand style, new investors residing inside or outside the US are encouraged to add this publication to their reading list. Discussed in this Bogleheads® forum topic: [Free download] Index Investing & Financial Independence for Expats.
2018 Andrew Hallam. Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. ISBN 978-1119411895.
2014 Andrew Hallam. The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing. ISBN 978-1119020981.


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2017 Charles Ellis. Winning the Loser's Game, Seventh Edition: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing. ISBN 978-1259838040.
2017 Peter Lynch. One Up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market. ISBN 978-0743200400.
2016 Burton Malkiel. A Random Walk Down Wall Street. ISBN 978-0393352245. (Discussion)
2016 Robert J. Shiller. Irrational Exuberance. ISBN 978-0691173122.
2014 Jeremy Siegel. Stocks for the Long Run. ISBN 978-0071800518.
2006 Benjamin Graham. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. ISBN 978-0060555665. With introduction by Warren Buffett and new commentary by Jason Zweig. (Discussion)
2005 Fred Schwed Jr. Where are the Customer's Yachts?: Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street. ISBN 978-0471770893. (Discussion)
2003 Philip Fisher. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. ISBN 978-0471445500.

General financial planning

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2011 Andrew Tobias. The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. ISBN 978-0547447254.
2009 Jane Bryant Quinn. Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy. ISBN 978-0743269964.
2006 Jane Bryant Quinn. Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. ISBN 978-0743269940.

General investment

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2013 Rick Van Ness. Common Sense Investing: Ten Simple Rules to Finance Your Dreams. ISBN 978-0985800413. (Discussion)
2012 Craig Rowland; J.M. Lawson. The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy. ISBN 978-1118288252. (Discussion)
2010 William Bernstein. The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio. ISBN 978-0071747059. (Discussion)
2009 Jason Zweig. The Little Book of Safe Money: How to Conquer Killer Markets, Con Artists, and Yourself. ISBN 978-0470398524. (Discussion)
2007 Rick Ferri. The ETF Book: All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds. ISBN 978-0470130636. (Discussion)
2007 Larry Swedroe. Wise Investing Made Simple - Larry Swedroe. ISBN 978-0976657422. (Discussion)
2006 Paul Farrell. The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing: A Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries About Dealing with Their Money. ISBN 978-0446693875. (Discussion)
2006 Rick Ferri. All About Index Funds: The Easy Way to Get Started. ISBN 978-0071484923. (Discussion)
2006 Daniel Solin. The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read: The Simple, Stress-Free Way to Reach Your Investment Goals. ISBN 978-0399532832. (Discussion)
2006 Larry Swedroe; Joseph Hempen. The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You'll Ever Need. ISBN 978-0312353636. (Discussion)
2005 Bill Schultheis. The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street and Get On With Your Life. ISBN 978-0976585701. (Discussion)
2005 David Swensen. Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment. ISBN 978-0743228381. (Discussion)
2003 Frank Armstrong. The Informed Investor: A Hype-free Guide to Construct a Sound Financial Portfolio. ISBN 978-0814472507. (Discussion)
2003 Rick Ferri. Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad. ISBN 978-0071408172. (Discussion)
2002 Larry Swedroe. Rational Investing in Irrational Times. ISBN 978-0312291303. (Discussion)
2000 William Bernstein. The Intelligent Asset Allocator:How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk. ISBN 978-0071362368.
2000 Marilyn Cohen. The Bond Bible. ISBN 978-0735201385.


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2016 Jane Bryant Quinn. How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide. ISBN 978-1476743769. (Review) (Discussion)
2009 Taylor Larimore; Mel Lindauer; Rick Ferri; Laura Dogu. The Bogleheads' Guide To Retirement Planning. ISBN 978-0470455579. (Discussion)
2009 Jim C. Otar. Unveiling The Retirement Myth. ISBN 978-0968963425. (Review) (Discussion)
2009 Terry Savage. The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?. ISBN 978-0470538760.
2008 Paul Merriman. Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money!. ISBN 978-0470226506.
2007 Ed Slott. Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map. ISBN 978-0345494566.
2006 Harold Evensky; Deena Katz. Retirement Income Redesigned: Master Plans for Distribution. ISBN 978-1576601891.
2006 Ben Stein; Phil DeMuth. Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably. ISBN 978-1401903176.
2006 Eric Tyson. Mind over Money: Your Path to Wealth and Happiness. ISBN 978-1593152383.
2004 Stephen Huxley; J. Brent Burns. Asset Dedication. ISBN 978-0071434829.
2004 Ernie Zelinski. How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get From Your Financial Advisor. ISBN 978-1580085786.
2001 Henry Hebeler. J.K. Lasser's Your Winning Retirement Plan. ISBN 978-0471411246.
2001 Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Retirement Bible. ISBN 978-0764552458.

Behavioral finance

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2020 Morgan Housel. The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness. ISBN 978-0857197689. (Discussion)
2016 Richard H. Thaler. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. ISBN 978-0393352795.
2011 Daniel Kahneman. Thinking, Fast and Slow. ISBN 978-0374275631. (Discussion)
2010 Gary Belsky; Thomas Gilovich. Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics. ISBN 978-1439163368.
2009 Dan Ariely. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. ISBN 978-0061353246.
2009 Richard H. Thaler; Cass Sunstein. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. ISBN 978-0143115267.
2008 Jason Zweig. Your Money and Your Brain. ISBN 978-0743276696. (Discussion)
2007 Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Black Swan. ISBN 978-1400063512. (Discussion) (Discussion)
2005 Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets. ISBN 978-0812975215. (Discussion)
2001 Roger Lowenstein. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. ISBN 978-0375758256.
1998 Peter Bernstein. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. ISBN 978-0471295631.

Estate planning

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2014 Jeffrey L. Condon. Beyond the Grave, Revised and Updated Edition: The Right Way and the Wrong Way of Leaving Money to Your Children (and Others). ISBN 978-0062336224. (Discussion)

401(k) plan

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2009 Frank R. Cirullo. Cut Your 401(k) Plan Expenses AND Keep More of YOUR Money: Simple steps to cut plan costs, save money, and make monitoring your plan stress free. ISBN 978-1439236291.

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