Ten Must Read Stock Market Books for 2012

I highly suggest that all new swing and/ or trend “traders” begin with William O’Neil’s book:

1. How to Make Money in Stocks (4th edition) by William J. O’Neil (1988)
2. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre (1923)
3. The Nature of Risk by Justin Mamis (1991)
4. Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master by Victor Sperandeo (1991)
5. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K. Tharp (1999)
6. The Battle for Investment Survival by Gerald M. Loeb (1935)
7. Martin Zweig’s Winning on Wall Street by Martin Zweig (1986)
8. How to Trade in Stocks by Jesse Livermore (1940)
9. Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager (1988)
10. When to Sell: Inside Strategies for Stock-Market Profits by Justin Mamis (1994)

**Original copyright dates are listed even though many of the books linked are newer editions**


  1. John Brown says

    How To Trade In Stocks by the great Jesse Livermore was a game changer for me. Have read the book over and over and over till I retained everything put into practise and has worked for me as I venture into trading for the first time ever.

    The book is logical, keeps it simple and even tho Mr Livermore wrote it over 70 years ago, those basics he wrote about hold true today.

    I am glad u included his book in this list, otherwise i was about to bitch and moan why it wasnt on your list lol jk

  2. John,

    Several of these books could be #1 on anyone’s list including How to Trade in Stocks. I have read it several times and will read it many more throughout my life. Fantastic book!

  3. Thanks for the reminder about CAN SLIM. Any other ones published in last 5-10 years?

    An alternative risk book, The Poker Face of Wall Street by Aaron Brown


  4. I have read three of these books on your list — How to Make Money in Stocks, How to Trade in Stocks, and Trade YOur WAy to Financial Freedom. They are all good and I will credit most of my trading guts and techniques from them.

  5. Hi Chris, I bought INVN for the first time yesterday on its 25% decline. I got filled at 12.50. I bought on your recomendation because I highly respect your insights and analysis. And of course, I do not hold you accountable in any way if the stock were to tank. I just wanted to let you know . I have been watching it for some time now and “waited” for my entry. Thanks, Janet

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