Each year, there are hundreds of new investment books published. Some of these books claim to be the investing equivalent of a miracle drug, helping you to get rich quick. Other books claim to be full of "tried and true" principles. Some books are all about playing the market right now, and others are all about playing the market for the long term. Some of these books are written by famously successful investors, and others are written by investors you have never heard of; sometimes, you have never heard of them for a reason. With so many options out there each year, it begs the question: Which books are the right books? The answer is actually rather simple: forget about all these books; instead, go back to the ones that have been around, the ones that have stood the test of time. While there are certainly valuable books that have been published over the last few years, these long-standing books have been proven to be absolutely invaluable, and they will help you lay a great foundation. All three of these books are full of advice and wisdom that will help any investor, whether you are brand new at this or have been doing it for ages. 1) The Intelligent Investor: This book, written by Ben Graham, was originally published in 1934, and even today it is still considered a must-read. Warren Buffett even called this book "the best investing book ever written." 2) The Essays Of Warren Buffett: And speaking of Warren Buffett, this book contains his collected essays, arranged by topic and relevance. While you cannot go wrong with any Buffett book, this one is a great place to begin, as it will help you in every area of investing. 3) Common Stocks And Uncommon Profits & Other Writings: This book by Philip Fisher explores fifteen qualities of an excellent business. These in-depth thoughts from one of the greatest financial thinkers in history is sure to help you expand your portfolio. By taking the tips of these men who knew how to make the market work for them, you can start to make it work for yourself; no longer will you be one of those who thinks the people who make money in the stock market are simply lucky; instead, you will know from experience that the people who make money in the stock market just plain know more than those who do not.
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