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The Investor's Anthology: Original Ideas from the Industry's Greatest Minds, by Charles Ellis.    This is a very valuable 1997 compendium of first-rate articles by the all-time best and brightest financial authors.  (Ellis wrote two similar texts, Classics: An Investor's Anthology and Classics II: Another Investor's Anthology in 1989 and 1991, but these are out of print and may be hard to find.)  There are over 50 short articles in this book, and most of them would qualify as among the most useful, informative and witty of all time.  Some of my favorites include "Mr. Market, Investment Success and You" (Warren Buffett), "The Tulipmania" (Charles Mackay), "Higgledy Piggledy Growth" (I. M. D. Little) and "If Freud Were a Portfolio Manager" (Byron Wien).  The featured articles range from relevant academic articles (by William Sharpe, Roger Ibbotson and Paul Samuelson, for example) to practical advice from successful investors (by Buffett, Phil Fisher and David Babson) to a very instructive fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.  In terms of what you get for your money, this book is a steal.

ISBN: 0471416169
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: June 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

 

 

 

 

 

"This book is must reading for anyone interested in investing.  It contains everything one would expect in a great book--wisdom, insight, historical perspective, and wit."

Steven G. Einhorn