The 16 Best Books Recommended by Warren Buffett – Favbookshelf

Currently a Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors in the world. And also one of the richest!

And here, we have a list of books recommended by him; of course, most of the books you find are related to investment, but you can also find self-help, biographies, and memoirs.

Books recommended by Warren Buffett
Books Recommended by Warren Buffett

#1 A Piece of the Action by Joe Nocera


About the Book

A Piece of the Action by Joe Nocera
A Piece of the Action by Joe Nocera

Title: A Piece of the Action

Author: Joe Nocera

Publisher: Touchstone

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 464

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Goodreads Summary

Now with a new introduction describing the fallout of America’s consumer credit boom, 1994’s wildly acclaimed bestseller A Piece of the Action tells the story of how millions of middle-class Americans went from being savers to borrowers and investors through the invention of credit cards, mutual funds, and also IRAs—resulting in profound societal change. Moreover, tracing the invention of products like credit cards, mutual funds, and individual retirement accounts, A Piece of the Action tells the stories of a handful of men who transformed the way Americans think about and deal with their money: men like Charles Merrill, the flamboyant founder of Merrill Lynch; Peter Lynch, the investing guru who managed the Fidelity Magellan Fund; and Charles Schwab, who transformed his eponymous company into the nation’s biggest discount broker. However, these innovations produced a genuine revolution—the democratization of money—in which the middle class became financial players.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“A terrific history of the credit card business.”

Warren Buffett

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#2 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


About the Book

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson; books recommended by Warren Buffett
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Title: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: First Trade Paperback Edition

Genre: Science, Non-fiction

Pages: 544

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Goodreads summary

In Bryson’s most significant book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Moreover, taking everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from being nothing to being us. He has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to altogether their offices, laboratories, and field camps.

He has ever read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions and apprenticed himself to their influential minds also. A Short History of Nearly Everything is basically the record of this quest. It is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and certainly always obvious and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Moreover, science has never been more involving or entertaining.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“It’s very impressive [to] read about people pondering how to figure out the weight of the Earth or something in the 18th century.”

Warren Buffett

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#3 40 Chances by Howard G Buffett


About the Book

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by [Howard G Buffett]
40 Chances by Howard G Buffett

Title: 40 Chances

Author: Howard G Buffett

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 464

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Goodreads summary

With a foreword by Warren Buffett, 40 Chances is an “inspiring manifesto…both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes” (Booklist) in the struggle against evidently world hunger. Moreover, if someone granted you $3 billion to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? In 2006, legendary investor Warren Buffett eventually posed this challenge to his son Howard G Buffett. However, Howard set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth—nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard gave himself a deadline: forty years to put the resources to work on this challenge. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“Forgive a parent when I say I couldn’t be more proud of him, as would his mother be if she were alive to watch him. As you read his words, you will understand why.”

Warren Buffett

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#4 First A Dream by Jim Clayton


About the Book

First A Dream by Jim Clayton; books recommended by Warren Buffett
First A Dream by Jim Clayton

Title: First A Dream

Author: Jim Clayton

Publisher: Fsb Pr

Genre: Self-help

Pages: 440

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Goodreads summary

First A Dream is filled with practical, easy-to-understand, no-nonsense business lessons that the entrepreneur can apply to their own life — describing the qualities an effective leader must possess. Moreover, the critical methods of inspiring team members and developing culture and values are crucial to the success of a small business and a multibillion-dollar conglomerate. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“I made an offer [to buy Clayton Homes] based solely on [this book] my evaluation of Kevin, the public financials of Clayton and what I had learned from the Oakwood experience.”

Warren Buffett

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#5 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


About the Book

How to Win Friends and Influence People by [Dale Carnegie]
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Title: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Self-help

Pages: 256

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Goodreads summary

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies; moreover, Dale C Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. However, as relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“In my office, you will not see the degree I have from the University of Nebraska, or the master’s degree I have from Columbia University, but you’ll see the certificate I got from the Dale Carnegie course.”

Warren Buffett

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#6 In an Uncertain World by Robert E. Rubin


About the Book

In an Uncertain World by Robert E. Rubin; books recommended by Warren Buffett
In an Uncertain World by Robert E. Rubin

Title: In an Uncertain World

Author: Robert E. Rubin

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 472

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Goodreads summary

Robert Rubin swore in as the seventieth U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in January 1995 in a brisk ceremony attended only by his wife and a few colleagues. As soon as the c ceremony was over, he began an emergency meeting with President Bill Clinton on the financial crisis in Mexico. However, this was not only a harbinger of things to come during what would prove to be a rocky period in the global economy; it also captured the essence of Rubin himself–short on formality, quick to get into the nitty-gritty.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

A 2003 book that investors can learn much from is Bull! by Maggie Mahar. Two other books I’d recommend are The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, and In an Uncertain World by Bob Rubin. All three are well-reported and well-written. Additionally, Jason Zweig last year did a first-class job in revising The Intelligent Investor, my favorite book on investing – Warren Buffett recommended this book in his 2003 Annual Letter.

Warren Buffett

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#7 Limping on Water by Philip Beuth


About the Book

Limping on Water: My 40-year adventure with one of America's outstanding communications companies. by [Philip Beuth, K.C. Schulberg, Sheridon Wright]
Limping on Water by Philip Beuth

Title: Limping on Water

Author: Philip Beuth

Publisher: Smart Business Network

Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

Pages: 360

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Goodreads summary

Philip Beuth spent his entire broadcasting career with one company. However, as the first employee of a fledgling media startup in 1955, Phil worked his way up over 40 years as Capital Cities grew to become one of America’s most influential and successful media companies. Moreover, limping on Water is a Dickensian rags-to-riches tale of a disadvantaged boy born with cerebral palsy who, through luck, pluck, the strength of character, skill, persistence, and loyalty, rose to become a top executive at one of America’s most respected and successful media companies, Capital Cities Communications. Finally, it is o e of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“Much of what you become in life depends on whom you choose to admire and copy. Start with Tom Murphy, and you’ll never need a second exemplar.”

Warren Buffett

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#8 Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner


About the Book

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by [Timothy Geithner]; books recommended by Warren Buffett
Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner

Title: Stress Test

Author: Timothy F. Geithner

Publisher: Broadway Books

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 592

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

Goodreads summary

Firstly, the Stress test reveals Secretary Geithner’s life history, starting with his childhood. Next, recounting his early days as a young Treasury official helping to fight the international financial crises of the 1990s, describing what he saw, did, and missed at the New York Fed before the Wall Street boom went bust. Finally, he takes readers inside the room as the crisis began, intensified, and burned out of control, discussing the controversial episodes of his tenures at the New York Fed and the Treasury, including the rescue of Bear Stearns; the harrowing weekend when Lehman Brothers failed; the searing crucible of the AIG rescue as well as the furore over the firm’s lavish bonuses; the battles inside the Obama administration over his widely criticized but ultimately successful plan to end the crisis; and the bracing fight for the most sweeping financial reforms in more than seventy years.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“Sensational . . . [This book] will forever be the definitive work on what causes financial panics and what must be done to stem them when they occur.”

Warren Buffett

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#9 Shoe Dog by Phil Knight


About the Book

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Title: Shoe Dog

Author: Phil Knight

Publisher: Scribner

Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction

Pages: 400

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

Goodreads summary

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight share the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid startup and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and markedly profitable brands. However, in 1962 fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime-green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed to list $8,000 in his first year. Moreover, today, Nike’s annual sales are top $30 billion. Finally, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all startups in an age of startups. The swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of today’s markedly ubiquitous and recognizable symbols.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“The best book I read [in 2015].”

Warren Buffett

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#10 Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.


About the Book

Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.; books recommended by Warren Buffett
Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.

Title: Showing Up for Life

Author: Bill Gates Sr.

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Self-help, Psychology

Pages: 208

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Goodreads summary

A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned while growing up in the Great Depression and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“[The author] is as wise as his son is brilliant. I’ve learned a lot from both of them and believe everyone can benefit from the insights [the author] shares in this book.”

Warren Buffett

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#11 The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham


About the Book

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Title: The Intelligent Investor

Author: Benjamin Graham

Publisher: Collins Business Essentials

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 623

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Goodreads summary

Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide, surely the most significant investment advisor of the twentieth century. Moreover, Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“I obviously recommend, first and foremost, [this book]. Considered to be the ‘Bible of Value Investing.'”

Warren Buffett

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#12 The Man Behind the Microchip by Leslie Berlin


About the Book

The Man Behind the Microchip by Leslie Berlin; books recommended by Warren Buffett
The Man Behind the Microchip by Leslie Berlin

Title: The Man Behind the Microchip

Author: Leslie Berlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

Pages: 440

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Goodreads summary

The Man Behind the Microchip Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley published in 2005 were basically published by Oxford University Press. The author of this book is certainly Leslie Berlin. Also, the Ed page displays a collection of Leslie Berlin books here. However, this is the Hardback version of the title “The Man Behind the Microchip Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley” and has around pp. xiii + 402 pages.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“[The author] does an excellent job of capturing the Bob Noyce I knew: part small-town boy, part big-time genius and always a wonderful friend and citizen.”

Warren Buffett

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#13 The Moment of Lift by Melinda French Gates


The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by [Melinda Gates]
The Moment of Lift by Melinda French Gates

About the Book

Title: The Moment of Lift

Author: Melinda French Gates

Publisher: Collins Business Essentials

Genre: Self-Help, Non-fiction

Pages: 273

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Goodreads summary

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. However, her goal as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women. Moreover, in this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. However, she shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge” change. And she provides simple and effective ways each of us can make a difference. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.”

Warren Buffett

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#14 The Most Important Thing Illuminated by Howard Marks


About the Book

The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor (Columbia Business School Publishing) by [Howard Marks, Paul Johnson, Bruce Greenwald]; books recommended by Warren Buffett
The Most Important Thing Illuminated by Howard Marks

Title: The Most Important Thing Illuminated

Author: Howard Marks

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Genre: Economics, Non-fiction

Pages: 245

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Goodreads summary

Firstly, Howard Marks is the chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management. Secondly, Howard Marks is renowned for his insightful market opportunity and risk assessments. However, after four decades of ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is sought out by the world’s leading value investors today. His client memos brim with insightful commentary and a time-tested, fundamental philosophy. Moreover, now for the first time, all readers can benefit from Marks’s wisdom, concentrated into a single volume that speaks to both the amateur and seasoned investor.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“When I see memos from [this author] in my mail, they’re the first thing I open and read. I always learn something, and that goes double for his book.”

Warren Buffett

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#15 The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. Keough


About the Book

The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by [Don Keough]
The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. Keough

Title: The Ten Commandments for Business Failure

Author: Donald R. Keough

Publisher: Portfolio

Genre: Business, Non-fiction

Pages: 190

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Goodreads summary

Firstly, Don Keough was a former top executive at Coca-Cola and is now chairman of the elite investment banking firm Allen & Company—has witnessed plenty of failures in his sixty-year career (including New Coke). However, he has been friends with some of the most successful people in business history, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Rupert Murdoch, and Peter Drucker. Now, this elder statesman reveals how great enterprises get into trouble. Moreover, even the most innovative executives can fall into believing in their own infallibility. When that happens, more bad decisions are sure to follow. Finally, it is one of the best books recommended by Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“[The author]’s best ability is to cut to the chase on an issue, to cut through the bureaucratic fog. Keep it simple is his principle and mine too.”

Warren Buffett

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#16 The Warren Buffett CEO by Robert P. Miles


About the Book

The Warren Buffett CEO by Robert P. Miles; books recommended by Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett CEO by Robert P. Miles

Title: The Warren Buffett CEO

Author: Robert P. Miles

Publisher: Wiley

Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

Pages: 412

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

Goodreads summary

The first book to reveal the investment and management strategies of the Berkshire Hathaway all-star management team. Moreover, much ha has been written about Warren Buffett and his investment philosophy; little has been made public about the inside management of Berkshire Hathaway. With a market cap exceeding 100 billion, Berkshire Hathaway has a market value surpassing many icons of American business such as Dell, AT&T, Disney, Ford, Gillette, American Express, and G.M. Drawing on his personal experiences as well as those of Berkshire’s chief executives, officers, and directors interviewed for this book, Berkshire insider Robert P. Finally, Miles provides a unique look at the Berkshire Hathaway culture and its management principles.

Warren Buffett’s Opinion:

“We have as fine an array of operating managers as exists at any company. (You can read about many of them in [this book]).”

Warren Buffett

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So, to conclude, here is the list of the 16 books recommended by Warren Buffet:

1A Piece of the Action by Joe NoceraBuy Now
2A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonBuy Now
340 Chances by Howard G BuffettBuy Now
4First A Dream by Jim ClaytonBuy Now
5How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieBuy Now
6In an Uncertain World by Robert E. RubinBuy Now
7Limping on Water by Philip BeuthBuy Now
8Stress Test by Timothy F. GeithnerBuy Now
9Shoe Dog by Phil KnightBuy Now
10Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.Buy Now
11The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin GrahamBuy Now
12The Man Behind the Microchip by Leslie BerlinBuy Now
13The Moment of Lift by Melinda French GatesBuy Now
14The Most Important Thing Illuminated by Howard MarksBuy Now
15The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. KeoughBuy Now
16The Warren Buffett CEO by Robert P. MilesBuy Now
16 Books recommended by Warren Buffet

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