General - Business
After many years of study and observation, there is no way out. The Law of Supply and Demand is just that. A Law. All sorts of groups have tried to fiddle with it, treating it as though it wasn't a law as in a law of nature. The game is to work with it.
Now, on with the recommendations.
My criteria for selecting books for the business reader:
If you run a business.
If they provide solid investment advice.
If they provide solid background knowledge.
Therefore I recommend:
Learn To Earn
Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Taxes
A Short History of Financial Euphoria by
John Kenneth Galbraith. In view of the present situation, this will give
the reader some perspective.
TulipoMania by Mike Dash. Lest you think fads and fashion are new phenomena, this story, almost 400 years old, will correct that impression. A marvelously entertaining story about the eternal foolishness of man. Imagine paying $4,000 for a tulip bulb! $23.00
Along with his columns in the New York Times Editorial Section, Paul Krugman has written several books Ė all worth reading. By his own admission, he isnít always right but he is always worth listening to.
The Atlas of Economic Indicators Ė An excellent quick reference for all those financial acronyms that financial commentators throw around. A must if you are a serious investor. $16.00
One Minute Manager by Beandeard & Johnson The title speaks for itself. And it works. $12.95
1001 Ways to Energize Your Employees
Founding Fathers on Leadership by Donald T.Phillips who also
wrote Lincoln on Leadership.
A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith. He's always an excellent read. Thisone might help give you some perspective. $10.95
For background information, the Penguin Atlases of Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Recent History plus the Atlas of African History and the Atlas of the Pacific Basin are invaluable references. They are inexpensive and extremely useful. $12.95 - $14.00
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes. He asks the interesting question: why are some nations perpetually rich and some nations perpetually poor. $15.95
The Robber Barons by Matthew Josephson. If you want to understand railroads, this is a must. An excellent read on the financial shenanigans of the 19th and early 20th century. $12.95
In addition, The Atlas of War and Peace serves as a ready reference on the current trouble spots of the world. A great help when investigating investment opportunities overseas. $16.95
If you are a student of economic systems, The Young Personís Guide to Philosophy is an excellent presentation of all the great philosophers including those that influenced our economic system. Donít let the title fool you. The clarity and brevity of presentation makes this an excellent reference. $16.95
New economic texts may come and go, but Paul Samuelsonís Economics is a standout for basic economic principles. His presentation of terms of trade is great. See if you can get the accompanying workbook. $75.00
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Additional Business And Investing Advice, I Recommend
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