Added On: Saturday, December 15, 2007

Books to Get Rich By

Rich Karlgaard 10.08.07

Let's suppose your goal is to raise a child who will grow up and make The Forbes 400 list someday. How do you feed her brain and nourish her spirit? What secrets of wealth-building do you pour into his pulsing veins?

Here are 53 books that I and some of my self-made, rich friends recommend. These books range from the theoretical to the practical, the instructional to the inspirational. It's an eclectic list--highbrow to hokey, it runs the gamut. No one will like the entire lot. But I hope you find a few gems that might help your children achieve outsize success.

Theory of Capitalism

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World--by Alan Greenspan;
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
--by Nassim Nicholas Taleb;
Wealth and Poverty--by George Gilder;
Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and
Creative Destruction
--by Thomas K. McCraw;
On the Wealth of Nations
--by P. J. O'Rourke;
The Road to Serfdom-- by Friedrich Hayek;
Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS--by Steve Forbes;
The Way the World Works
--by Jude Wanniski;
The Twilight of Sovereignty
--by Walter Wriston.

History and Heroes

Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way--by Richard Branson;
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder
--by Kenny Moore;
Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company--by Michael S. Malone;
Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
--by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews;
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist--by Roger Lowenstein;
Walt Disney
: The Triumph of the American Imagination
--by Neal Gabler;
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin--by Benjamin Franklin;
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance--by Ron Chernow;
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
--by Amity Shlaes.

How Capitalism Works Today

Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes--by Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne;
The New Normal: Great Opportunities in a Time of Great Risk
--by Roger McNamee;
The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
--by Clayton Christensen;
The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us--by Robyn Meredith;
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
--by Thomas Sowell.

Instructional Tips

Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market--by John Mauldin;
Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!
--by Phil Town;
Boomtown USA: The 71/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns--by John M. Schultz;
The Intelligent Investor
--by Benjamin Graham;
The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't
--by Kenneth L. Fisher;
The Elements of Style
--by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White;
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind--by Al Ries and Jack Trout;
Guerrilla Marketing: Secrets for Making Big Profits From Your Small Business
--by Jay Conrad Levinson;
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
--by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter;
How We Got Here: A Slightly Irreverent History of Technology and Markets
--by Andy Kessler;
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
--by Guy Kawasaki;
Accounting Workbook for Dummies
--by John A. Tracy.

Management Secrets

In Search of Excellence: Lessons From America's Best-Run Companies--by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman;
It's Your Ship: Management Techniques From the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
--by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff;
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don't
--by Jim Collins.

Food for the Soul

They Call Me Coach--by John Wooden with Jack Tobin;
Think and Grow Rich
--by Napoleon Hill;
The Fountainhead
--by Ayn Rand;
Acts of the Apostles--by Luke;
The Purpose-Driven Church
--by Rick Warren;
Move Ahead With Possibility Thinking
--by Robert Schuller;
The Greatest Salesman in the World--by Og Mandino;
The Richest Man in Babylon--by George Clason;
The Soul of a New Machine
--by Tracy Kidder.

Useful Entertainment

Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody--by Fake Steve Jobs;
The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between a Little Craziness and a Lot of Success in America
--by John D. Gartner;
Investment Biker
--by Jim Rogers;
All the Money in the World: How The Forbes 400 Make--and Spend--Their Fortunes--by Peter Bernstein and Annalyn Swan;
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
--by Michael Lewis;
Bonfire of the Vanities--by Tom Wolfe.


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