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Six Investment Classics for Lazy August Days

Summer reading lists can be notoriously light and thin when it comes to the books that are on them. And this goes double for business books, which are often light and thin to begin with.

That is why out of August desperation -- I mean, with an august inspiration, The Business Press Maven is going to take a step back.

A number of readers have asked me to go beyond current books to recommend a classic reading list to them consisting of business books that, if read together, can give an investor a well-rounded look at the history, spirit and methods of investing. So consider this The Business Press Maven's literary canon, and I will be happy to make an appearance to cut a ribbon at the first business school to adopt it.

This list is not presented in any particular order. It is designed to give beginner investors the best flavor possible of Wall Street and investing, but if there is anything you advanced souls have missed on this list, bring it along on one of our fast-waning beach days. Anyone can learn from these:

Liar's Poker and Bombardiers are, in a sense, a non-fiction and fictionalized version of each other. For anyone interested in capturing the look, feel, smells, sights, sounds, ids and egos of trading desk life -- well, this pair of books is indispensable. And enjoyable.

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