A Gauntlet is Thrown


This month’s Motley Fool’s Hidden Gems newsletter throws down a gauntlet. Tom Gardner challenges us to read these 25 books to become a Junior Master. After a few people in the Hidden Gems community finish those, he will give us another 25, to become Senior Master, and then another 25 to be come a Grand Master.

Well, I like a challenge. I also like investing. And I’m simply ga-ga over reading. So if it’s an investment reading challenge, well… there lies nirvana.

Tom breaks them out in level of difficulty, and I’ve crossed out the ones I’ve knocked out previously. Hope the library is well stocked on this stuff.

Elementary School
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

Junior High
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

High School
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

University
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

Grad School
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

I considered skipping the Walmart guy’s book, but hey… it’s best to learn how your enemy thinks.

Gotta go add some stuff to my Amazon Wish List…