Joel Greenblatt’s All-Time Favourite Books

“To be a successful investor over the long term, you must also pretty much enjoy the journey.” —Joel Greenblatt, You Can Be a Stock Market Genius, p. 265

In his book You Can Be a Stock Market Genius Joel Greenblatt shares a book list of his all time favorites. If you haven’t read all of these books yet, maybe you should add them to your reading list? Feel free to share any insights from any of the books if you’ve already read them.


No. (Just kidding.) There are no books that I would recommend that exclusively discuss the special-investment situations found in this book. However, there are books that can give you excellent background information on the stock market and on value investing. All of this information can be helpful when applied to investments in the special-situation area. So, if you have the time and the inclination, here is a list of my all-time favorites:

David Dremen, The New Contrarian Investment Strategy (New York: Random House, 1983).

Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel (New York: HarperCollins, 1986).

Robert Hagstrom, The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor (New York; Wiley, 1994).

Seth A. Klarman, Margin of Safety (New York: Harper Business, 1991).

Peter Lynch and John Rothchild, One Up on Wall Street (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993) and Beating the Street (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Andrew Tobias, The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need (revised and updated edition) (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996).

John Train, The Money Masters (New York: HarperCollins, 1994).



Disclosure: I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company or individual mentioned in this article. I have no positions in any stocks mentioned.

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