By Laurie Street
Member Services Fool
With our company’s name taken straight from Shakespeare, it’s no surprise that you’ll find many lovers of literature here. One of the coolest – and newest – benefits to employees is the Bookie Monster program. It allows full-time employees to order any book – fiction, non-fiction, job-related or completely irrelevant – on The Fool’s tab, as a hard copy or an e-book delivered to their own devices.
Top Fools understand the importance of each employee’s personal learning journey, and it’s true that reading is knowledge. Whether it’s a book about investing or business, or a novel, we’re encouraged to delve into all topics. Studies have shown that reading can significantly boost an individual’s vocabulary, creativity, and communication skills – among many other qualities. This awesome benefit aims to shape our employees into better and smarter leaders.
In fact, many of the world’s most successful businesspeople – both past and present – have been avid readers themselves. Tom Gardner shared a few of his favorite novels with me, including Conscious Capitalism, The Davis Dynasty, and The Outsiders, which all pertain to investing. As for other topics, Tom also recommends Influence by Robert Cialdini, The Logic of Failure by Dietrich Dorner, and Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan.
David Gardner also shared some of his favorite business reads: Enough by Jack Bogle, Predictable Success by Les McKeown, Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith, Tribes by Seth Godin, and The Why of Work by Dave and Wendy Ulrich.
One of The Motley Fool’s core values is Innovation, so it seems fitting that we are able to expand our education in such a unique and generous way. Through literature, we can help the world invest better while simultaneously gaining a better understanding on a wide variety of topics.
If you’re interested in diving into a new book, we have lots of great suggestions based on your level of investing experience:
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein
Value Investing With the Masters by Kirk Kazanjian
The Davis Dynasty by John Rothchild
Valuegrowth Investing by Glen Arnold
The 5 Keys to Value Investing by J. Dennis Jean-Jacques
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
Investment Fables by Aswath Damodaran
The Vest Pocket Guide to Value Investing by C. Thomas Howard
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher
Made in America by Sam Walton
Forbes’ Greatest Investing Stories by Richard Phalon
John Neff on Investing by John Neff
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Money Masters by John Train
Stocks for the Long Run by Jeremy Siegel
Quality of Earnings by Thornton Oglove
Investing in Small-Cap Stocks by Christopher Graja and Elizabeth Ungar
The Book of Investing Wisdom by Peter Krass
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Break Up! by Campbell, Koch & Sadtler
Investment Gurus by Peter Tanous
Value Investing: A Balanced Approach by Martin Whitman
Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond by Bruce Greenwald
The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek