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When compiling reading lists from the world’s best investors, one book I see repeatedly is Joel Greenblatt’s You Can Be A Stock Market Genius.
In the back of You Can Be A Stock Market Genius there’s a list of books that Joel Greenblatt recommends.
He lists six books as his all-time favorites.
In addition, Greenblatt is an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Business School. I was able to find his 2015 syllabus online, with both the required and recommended reading lists.
Both are posted below.
Joel Greenblatt Reading List: You Can Be A Stock Market Genius
Joel Greenblatt has a much different writing style than what you find in the investment category. When asked, “Are there any other investment books worth reading?” his response was
Q: Are there any other investment books worth reading?
A: No. (Just kidding.) There are no books that I would recommend that exclusively discuss the special-investment situations found in this book. However, there are books that can give you excellent background information on the stock market and on value investing. All of this information can be helpful when applied to investments in the special-situation area. So, if you have the time and the inclination, here is a list of my all-time favorites.
- The New Contrarian Investment Strategy by David Dreman
- The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham (He listed the 1986 edition)
- The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor by Robert Hagstrom
- Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman
- The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
- The Money Masters by John Train
Joel Greenblatt Recommended Books: Value and Special Situation Investing Class
You can see the syllabus here.
- Value Investing by Bruce Greenwald – required
- The New Finance: (4th Edition) by Robert Haugen – required
- You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt – required
- The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt – required
- The Big Secret for the Small Investor by Joel Greenblatt – required
- The Essays of Warren Buffett by Lawerence Cunningham – required
- Security Analysis on Wall Street by Jeffrey Hooke – recommended
- What Works on Wall Street by James O’Shaughnessy – recommended
- The New Contrarian Investment Strategy by David Dreman – recommended
- The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham – recommended