“What other great books on their fields have carry over value or are beautiful in themselves?”

Here is an initial draft of a master list of books recommended or cited at daspec since May 2009 – not sure of the reason for stopping here except for falling asleep. Thus, be assured that it is incomplete and flawed with omissions and commissions galore.

Perhaps there might be a vote to prioritize?

In that democratic spirit, refreshed from my Tocqueville commentary, an offering of one of his quotes as a thought toward devising a standard for inclusion within this listing: “There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.”

Thus, regarding what would be on the shelf of any given so-and-so concerning any given topic…

Nagi on fencing

Bacon on speculation

Wiswell on checkers

Caples on advertising

Williams on trading

Tilden on spin of ball

The Science of Swimming by James E. Counsilman

More Money Than God - Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby

Trout by Ray Bergman

Scarne’s New Complete Guide to Gambling

You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

Louis L’Amour’s Education of a Wandering Man

Nock, H. L Mencken, and Darwin

Karate: Technique and Spirit by Tadashi Nakamura

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Hal Iggulden

Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Strategy in Poker, Business & War by John McDonald and Robert Osborn

The Broker’s Edge; How to sell securities in any market by Steven Drozdeck and Karl Gretz

Selling The Invisible by Harry Beckwith

The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow

Horse Trading by Ben Greene

Fortman’s Basic Checkers

A Season on the Mat: Dan Gable

Pursuit of Perfection by Nolan Zavora

Living with Children by G. Patterson

Parents and Adolescents by G. Patterson

Conan The Conqueror by R. Howard

Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters by Edward Lasker

John Gardner: The Art of Fiction; Notes on Craft for Young Writers (1983) and

On Becoming a Novelist (1983)

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Roasting-A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka, Maria Robledo

Outlaw Cook by John Thorne

The Way to Cook by Julia Child

Markets, Games, & Strategic Behavior by Charles A. Holt

Caught Inside: a Surfer’s year on the California Coast by Daniel Duane

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Law of the Jungle by John Otis

The Intelligence Investor by Benjamin Graman

Feynman Lectures on the Web, from Bill Egan

Why The Best-Laid Investment Plans Usually Go Wrong by Harry Browne

Copies of published newsletter by the late Louis Rukeyser

Patrick O’ Brian books

Dean King’s A Sea of Words

1960s Chicago Federal Reserve Bank booklet entitled Modern Money Mechanics

Pattern Recognition, 4th ed. by Theodoridis and Koutroumbas

2nd edition of Hastie et al.’s The Elements of Statistical Learning — free as a pdf

Bishop’s Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

The Works of Guy De Maupassant, 1903 first edition

A Journey into Rabelais’s France, Nock

Wald’s book Sequential Analysis

Oliver Sacks included in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Lorie and Roberts’ book on marketing

The Mountaineering Handbook by Connally, Craig

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West



De Sade



Flannery O’Connor

William Styron

In the heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

The ‘Code’: Ten unwritten baseball rules you might not know By Jason Turbow

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee by Bee Wilson

Water for Elephants

The Lovely Bones

Old Home Town by Rose Wilder Lane

Virginia Postrel’s book The Substance of Style

Galton’s The Art of Travel

The Story about Ping

The Upside of Turbulence by Donald Sull

Books by Ralph Vince

FEE essay, The House that Uncle Sam Built

Andrew Odlyzko’s online essay Collective hallucinations and inefficient markets: The British Railway Mania of the 1840s

Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases, Cambridge

Kahnemann, Tversky (eds): Choices, Values and Frames, Cambridge- Slovic et al: The Perception of Risk, Earthscan

Taleb: The Black Swan

Penguin- Popper: The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Routledge

Thaler: Advances in Behavioral Finance (Vol II), Princeton Publishing

Peterson: Inside the Investor’s Brain, Wiley- Forbes: Behavioural Finance

Gauch: Scientific Method in Practice, Cambridge

Chamley: Rational Herds: Economic Models of Social Learning, Cambridge

James Montier, The Little Book of Behavioral Investing– How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Dr. Aronson, Evidence-Based Technical Analysis, Wiley, 2006

Burning Bright, Ron Rash



Ayn Rand

Niederhoffer & Co.

Ken Smith,




Cowles Comprehensive Encyclopedia

Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace

GM Davies is the author of Play 1 e4 e5: A Complete Repertoire for Black, Everyman, 2005

Mika Waltari’s The Egyptian

Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe

The Christmas Lectures

Analysis of Financial Times Series by Tsay

Musashi, Book of Five Rings

Taming the Infinite

Strogatz has received good reviews for his book The Calculus of Friendship

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational

Buy*ology, Truth and lies about why we buy, Martin Lindstrom

Raising Your Child to be a Champion in Athletics, Arts, and Academics by Wayne Bryan and Woody Woodbur

Philip L. Carret, his 1931 book, The Art of Speculation

Beyond Candlesticks by Nison

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughter of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

Statistical Rules of Thumb, by Gerald van Belle

The Dogs of Capitalism by Mitchell Jone

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins

Van Belle - Statistical Rules of Thumb

Sheshkin - Handbook of Parametric and Nonparametric Statistical Procedures

Snedecor -Statistical Methods, 8th ed.

Siegel - Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed.(1988)

Conover - Practical Nonparametric Statistics, 3rd ed.

Martinez - Computational Statistics Handbook with Matlab, 2nd ed.

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper

The Book of Chuang Tzu

Rise of the Machines: Algorithmic Trading in the Foreign Exchange Market

This Time is Different - Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, by Reinhart and Rogoff

Derek Rowntree - ‘Statistics Without Tears’ and ‘The Manager’s Book of Checklists’

Horse Trading by Ben Green

The Secrets of Professional Turf Betting by Robert Bacon

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robet Pirsig

The Rules of Winning Chess by Nigel Davies

Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw

Michael Lewis - Moneyball

A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher

Shogun by James Clavell

The Last Kings of Thule - Jean Malaurie

Many of Giono’s books

Many of Pierre Magnan books

Dava Sobel - Longitude

Order Out of Chaos by I. Prigogine

L’imprévu by I. Ekeland (in french only)

Des rythmes au chaos by P. Bergé, Y. Pomeau, M. Dubois-Gance, 1994

Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity by John Gribbin

The Foundations of Ethology by K. Lorenz

Studies in Animal and Human Behavior by- K. Lorenz

The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe by Steven Weinberg

Mononcle d’ Amérique by A. Resnais (in French only)

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

A Hole in the Ground with a Liar at the Top: Fraud and Deceit in the Golden Age of American Mining

The Complete Turtle Trader

Heyne’s Economic Way of Thinking

Practical Speculation

Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Modern Principles: Microeconomics by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok

Fred Hapgood’s 1993 book Up the Infinite Corridor: MIT and the Technical Imagination

Getting Real

Scientific Method in Practice by Hugh G. Gauch

Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

The Farming Game by Bryan Jones

A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History’s Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds by Michael Farquhar

Stocks for the Long Run by Siegel

Irrational Exuberance by Shiller

Beating the Street by Lynch

Trade Like a Hedge Fund: 20 Successful Uncorrelated Strategies & Techniques to Winning Profits by Altucher

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Fisher

Futures: Fundamental Analysis by Schwager

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications by Murphy

Contrarian Investment Strategies - The Next Generation, Dreyman

Trend Following: How Great Traders Make Millions in Up or Down Markets, Covel

Momentum Stock Selection: Using The Momentum Method For Maximum Profits, Bernstein

Hostile Territory by Gerald Westerby

The Gameby Neil Strauss

Arthur Schopenhauer’s The Art of Controversy; also by a different title: The Art of Being Right

A Random Walk Down Wall St., Malkiel

Security Analysis by Dodd

Atlas Shrugged

BECOMING WINSTON CHURCHILL: The Untold Story of Young Winston and his American Mentor, by Michael McMenamin, Greenwood Publishers (2007)

Our Enemy the State

On Doing the Right Thing

Memoirs of a Superflous Man [his autobiography and perhaps his best known book]


Isaiah’s Job

The Criminality of the State

The Jewish Problem in America

Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis by Judith Singer and John Willett

NurtureShock — New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita’s book Predictioneer’s Game

The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff

Buffalo for the Broken Heart, by Dan O’Brien, 2001

Fourteen Methods of Operating in the Stock Market, published in 1918 by The Magazine of Wall Street

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis

Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, by Mark Penn

The Heart of the World by Ian Baker

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, 2nd Edition, by Francine Shapiro

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers, by Larry McDonald and Patrick Robinson

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann

The Mystery of Numbers by Annemarie Schimmel

Trend Following: Learn to Make Millions, FT Press, 2009

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics, Alpha, 2008

The Logic of Life by Tim Harford

Freakonomics by Leavitt and Dubner

Discovering Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen

Intelligence and How to Get It by Richard Nisbett

The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray

Don’t Tread on Me by H. W. Crocker III

Military Bookman

Education of a Speculator

Optimal Portfolio Modeling, Wiley, 2008

Play the Catalan, Everyman, 2009

Day One Trader

Biological Invasions: Theory and Practice by Shigesada and Lawasaki

Biological Invasions by Mark Williamson

The Command of the Ocean by N.A.M. Rodger

The Best American Essays of the Century edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan

Intelligence in War by John Keegan

A Splendid Exchange by William J. Bernstein

The Villainy of Stock Jobbers Detected (1701) by Daniel Defoe

Chronicles and Characters of the Stock Exchange (1850) by John Francis

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Professor Leonard Mlodinow

Spent by Geoffrey Mille

Living at Micro Scale by Reedie David Dusenbery

Lectures on the Relation between Law and Public Opinion during the 19th Century, A.V. Dicey

Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems

Life History Invariants by Eric Charnov






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5 Comments so far

  1. Murali on June 21, 2010 11:47 am

    Mr Dimick

    Thank you for this comprehensive list. I am certain it would be helpful for folks who are new to the site.


  2. douglas roberts dimick on June 22, 2010 12:13 pm

    Thank you, M. I plan to go back by year as time permits. Do not hesitate to add to the list. dr

  3. John on June 23, 2010 7:37 am

    What is daspec you referred to books being sited at. Sorry new to site. Good list though.

  4. douglas roberts dimick on June 23, 2010 2:49 pm

    John, daspec is my abbreviation of www.dailyspeculations.com. Here, I did a site search for “book” then surveyed the results line by line, extracting cited books from within articles and related commentary.

    There are some voracious readers and prolific writers on this site, many whom often share their readings and reviews with us. Seems it would be a shame not to attempt a cataloging of their contributions.

    In my two years here, I have learned loads, often referring to this experience to date as my distance learning program. After four years in China, I have developed a new dimension of my appreciation for First Amendment rights, as exercised modus operandi at daspec. Publication and distribution of books are strictly controlled by the Chinese government. From my recollection of history, it is perhaps comparable to the time of Hitler’s regime. Albeit but the book burning, all such forms of speech are forbidden, like about Tiananmen Square or critiques of either the communist party or its governing state; such speech simply does not make it to press or media here.

    In other words, here in China, Victor’s site would have been closed down long ago if not stopped following first publication. Therefore, I hope that you engage, support, and celebrate in the daily exercise of this truth.

    Enjoy… dr

  5. douglas roberts dimick on October 5, 2010 12:06 am

    Book Recommendations – Update

    This list updates the June 21st article, adding books referenced or recommended since.

    One may wonder about both range of the read as well as who appears relatively the most voracious of us all. Types of books span from children’s tales to courts-martial, skiing to linguistics, and from molecules to suns and stars – either directly or indirectly related else irrelevant to the markets. As for the who’s who, Victor and Jim are high frequency with (gist/subject) ultra-low latency.

    Disclaimer: these finding are nonscientific, the product of perusal; being more big picture, I surely fail here with respect to completeness by omission or commission, so…

    Do not hesitate to enhance this list with additional selections via commentary. I will include such in the next update, hopefully year end.

    Without further ado…

    The Big Short by Michael Lewis

    Cluster Analysis by B. Everitt et al

    What is Money by Jonathan Bower

    Little Britches by Ralph Moody

    Shaking the Nickel Bush by Ralph Moody

    Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny LeCouteur

    The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

    The Blank Swan: The End of Probability by Elie Ayache

    Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson

    The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan

    Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

    Horse Trading by Ben Green

    Analyzing Multivariate Data by J. Latvin

    S&P Security Price Index Record

    Conceptual Physics by Hewitt

    The Ticker, Volume Two

    Short Novels of Jack Schaefer

    Difference Equations by Paul Cull

    State of Humanity by Simon

    Introduction to Biomathematics by Robeva Kirkwood et al.

    Modeling Dynamics by Adler

    Musimathics by Loy

    An Introduction to Regression Graphics by Cook

    The Energy of Nature by Pielou

    Biological Invasions by Williamson

    Epidemic Modeling by Daley

    Science of Swimming by Counsilman

    Fifty Years of Wall Street by Henry Clews

    Court Martial of Mackenzie

    Checklist Manifesto by Gawande

    Fourteen Methods Magazine of Wall Street

    Wall Street Stories by Lefevre

    Makers of Modern Strategy by Paret

    Elements of Forecasting by Diebold

    Statistical Methods in Psychology by Howell

    The New Bill by James

    Historical Baseball Abstract by James

    Stocks and Shares by Withers

    Price Theory by Landsburg

    Price Theory by Friedman

    Discrete Mathematics by Rosen

    Extraordinary Chemistry of Ordinary Things by Snyder

    Conceptual Introduction to Chemistry by Bauer

    Introduction to Sun and Stars by Green

    Handbook of Linguistics by Aronoff

    To Rule the Waves by Herman

    Rainbows End the Crash of 1929 by Klein

    Wild Snow by Louis Dawson

    Free Skiing by Choukas

    Glacier Mountaineering by Andy Tyson

    Statistical Models by Freedman

    R-Reference Manual, Volume I

    Alaska Backcountry Skiing: Valdez & Thompson Pass by Matt Kinney

    The Stealth Killer William D. Nordquist BS DMD MS

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    10 10 10 by Suzie Welch

    Sync by Steven H. Strogatz

    Beyond the Mountain by Steve House

    Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison

    To the End of the Land by David Grossman

    Finding Alpha by Eric Falkenstein

    The Little Book of Behavioural Investing by James Montier

    Evidence Based Technical Analysis by David Aronson

    The Drunkards Walk by Leonard Mlodinow

    The Road to Serfdom by Hayek


    Understanding Scam Victims: Seven Principles for Systems Security by

    The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell

    The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

    NOTE: to view original list, see http://www.dailyspeculations.com/wordpress/?p=4917 .



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