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By Yash  ·  March 13, 2020

Best Books To Understand The World of Business and Finance

Understanding the Business World requires understanding of the fields: 1. How to Evaluate Businesses, 2. How the Financial Industry creates and Provides Funds, 3. How Geopolitics Shapes the Flow of Money and Resources. These books provide a look into each of these fields to collectively build an understanding of the business world. Read these books to understand how things on Wall Street, in Corporate America and Global Geopolitics work to shape the world we live in today. These books are recommended by some of the biggest names in business such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos.

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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

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(Finance) A guide on value investing and understanding the financial markets by Warren Buffett’s teacher and idol Benjamin Graham. This book is on every major business leader’s To Read list.
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The Essays of Warren Buffett

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(Business) This books is a collection of Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholder Letters. This is Warren Buffett’s firm and its annual shareholder letters are a gold mine for key advice on how to understand, evaluate, and run successful businesses.
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel

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(Finance) A comprehensive and easy to read guide of the financial markets and the vast array of financial instruments available. This book is also a must read book for all business leaders and anyone that wants financial freedom.
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The Big Short by Michael Lewis

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(Finance) A fun and easy read telling the story of what happened in the 2008 financial crisis and how some cynical investors saw through the clout of the banks and their mortgage back securities.
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Blue Ocean Strategy by W.Chan Kim and Renée M.

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(Business) This book is part of the reading list for almost every top MBA program. The book explains how to create new markets that are uncontested and uncharted allowing the first entrants to make competition against them obsolete. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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Business Adventures by John Brooks

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(Business) This book tells about 12 of the most influential stories in business that leave the reader with some life changing lessons in business. This book is Warren Buffett favorite business book. He even gave his personal copy to Bill Gates to read. This is a must read.
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The Outsides by William N. Thorndike

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(Business) This book was #1 on Warren Buffett’s list of books to read on his 2012 annual shareholder’s letter. This is a phenomenal book on learning how the most important trait in a CEO should be his/her ability to efficiently allocate capital to maximize value to shareholders.
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The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson

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(Finance) This book tells the human history behind the evolution of finance and money. After reading through this you realize that Finance, in fact is the foundation of human progress and how financial history has been the backbone to almost every major event in history. This is a must read.
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Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

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(Business/Economics) A quirky page turner that looks into the minds of UChicago professors and economists Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner. This looks at how Economists should really see the world. The book introduces many interesting ideas such as how a drug cartel functions just like a major US corporation, tell of the truth about real estate agents, and the secret the Ku Klux Klan is hiding.
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The Snowball by Alice Schroeder

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(Business) This is a biography of one of the best investors in the world: Warren Buffett. As you go through this book you see the life, decision making skill, and perspective of Buffett through his own life and through some of the biggest events in US financial history.
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Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

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(Geopolitics) A brilliant walkthrough of over 13000 years of human history. This books looks at the origins of empires, religion, writing, crops and guns and much more. A must read.
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How The Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

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(Business) This gripping books tells why it’s important for companies to stay focused. Why some companies that have been around for centuries fail while others that keep reinventing themselves survive. This book puts into perspective why companies like GE are failing and why names like Gillette has survived for almost a century.
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The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier

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(Geopolitics/Economics) This is a book that explores why some countries cannot seem to get out of a “poverty trap.” How some countries plagued by war, natural resources deficits and political instability cannot seem to grow. This book also explores the possible reasons for the problems and their solutions.
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Who Rules The World by Noam Chomsky

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(Geopolitics) This book is written by the father of Linguistics Noam Chomsky. A celebrity in the academic world and a pariah in the political world, Chomsky tells a story here of how the US and other first world countries use geopolitics to shape their economic futures.
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The Rise & Fall Of The Great Power by Paul Kennedy

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(Business)This is a book that put the success and failures of some of the most well known corporations into perspective of our world history. A gripping work of literature that shows why some companies that believed they were too big to fail collapsed while others survived through history into the modern age.
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Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

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(Geopolitics) This book is a geopolitics book. Despite this, it is on this list because understanding geopolitics is essential to understand the development of certain economies. Furthermore, understanding geopolitics is important in seeing the flow of natural resources and globalization in the world of business. This is why this book is a must read and on this list.
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The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

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(Business) This book is said to have been used by Steve Jobs when explaining why it’s imperative Apple get into cloud computing. This book is often associated with Jobs and Jeff Bezos. It is a comprehensive guide on disruptive innovation.
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