One of the cool things about Amazon is the ability to track what gets purchased when referred from the site. For privacy reasons, I only know what was purchased, not by who — so whoever bought Ginger Lynn’s The Pleasure Hunt video, your secret is safe).

I find it intriguing to see which books were most purchased by TBP readers, in both physical and kindle forms. Note some of the book are from Part I of the list of Apprenticed Investor books.

Not counting Bailout Nation, here are TBP’s most popular books:

Top 15 Most Popular

1. Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America’s Top Stock Traders
2. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
3. Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004
4. How I Trade and Invest in Stocks and Bonds
5. The Art of Contrary Thinking
(Tie) 6-7. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
6-7. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
(Tie) 8-9. The Investor’s Anthology; Original Ideas From the Industry’s Greatest Minds
8.-9 The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession (Koo)
10. The New Market Wizards: Conversations with America’s Top Traders
(Tie) 11-15. Too Big to Fail
11-15. The Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life
11-15. Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
11-15. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
11-15. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Standouts on Kindle were Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, followed by New Market Wizards. Every other book was too limited in sales numbers to differentiate.

Category: Bailout Nation, Retail

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16 Responses to “February’s Most Popular Books on TBP”

  1. If you had hyperlinked the video Barry you probably would have met the budget for TBP for the next couple months ;)

    I have book #1 I want to read #2. I’ve read Livermore’s book online.

    Definitely recommend #1. It has taught me a lot about trading and mindset. Be sure to keep a pad and pen handy when reading it so that you can asterisk and mark pages for reference. I’ve have about a half dozen pages of notes so far. Only half way through. I should be through it in a couple of years.

    And no, I’m not that slow. It is what I read when I go to the doctor’s office. I am relatively healthy and he is getting pretty efficient and seeing patients. It doesn’t give me a lot of time to read it :)


    BR: Nah, Amazon throws off relative chump change (a few weeks of advertising is usually = to a year of Amazon affiliate revs) — I recycle the cash back into DVDs, CDs and Books.

    As far as the blog is concerned, the real money is in speaking engagements.

    Someone sometime ago suggested running a weekly contest, with a different book/DVD as a price. I am considering that.

  2. vachon says:

    Conscience of a Liberal is next, followed by On the Brink by Paulson. I may swerve into The Big Short by Michael Lewis when it gets published after that.

    By then I’ll either be certifiable or wishing I was.

  3. bergsten says:

    I have ten of the fifteen (eleven of the sixteen if you count Bailout Nation). I’d consider getting two of the other five I’ve “missed.” Can’t say how many were bought via “click-through” — honestly, probably “one” (guess!). The ones I’d probably “skip” are the “what happened in recent history” books (as past performance doesn’t predict future returns, blah, blah, blah).

    But, here’s a better question.

    How many of these books do you both have and have actually read?

    I have to confess I’ve only read about half — the others got buried somewhere deep in the “to read someday” pile (or worse, got filed (and forgotten) by “category”).

    So, this posting will cost Amazon sales, as I’ve just promised myself (yet again) to read what I have before buying additional stuff.

    Of course, this doesn’t include fiction, non-fiction on other topics, music, video, etc. etc.

  4. jfiles722 says:


    Just bought Wyckoff’s book from Part I and I’m wondering if you did a Part II list. I’ve been a
    reader from almost day one and I’d just like to say thanks for all the insight.

  5. DM RTA says:

    The last book on the list “Drive” (good overview in the introduction PDF at Amazon) is also addressed in a TED short video by Tony Robbins where he talks about 6 needs of all people:

    Great list BR, thanks.

  6. I did do a part II

    Let me dig it up and post it next weekend

  7. philipat says:

    As a matter if interest, why does a book have to have 2 titles today (eg Why not just “Bailout Nation”. Period)? When did a single simple title cease to suffice and why? Is it part of the dumming down of everything. Again, with no disrespect intended, using “Bailout Nation” as the example, it seems fairly obvious from name and context what the book is all about? Call me old-fashioned but in language, more is less?


    BR: Marketing . . .

  8. VennData says:

    Sorry, got a few dozen of GL’s “TPH” for a class I teach.

  9. kmckellop says:

    add…Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude… by Mark Douglas

  10. beaufou says:

    Interrupting again BR, sorry…
    I love behind the scenes politics and The Guardian have been printing interesting articles from this book:

    Worth a look.

  11. Bill says:

    Hi Barry
    Are you sure that is the correct Market Wizards book in the link above and in the Apprenticed Series? I thought you were referring to the original Market Wizards book, which is one of my all time favorites, as opposed to the Stock Market Wizards book, which is Schwager’s third in the series. Great list and thanks for sharing.

  12. JohnDoe says:

    What about The Intelligent Investor, would that be appropriate for the apprentice list?

    Speaking of books, whatever happened to those signed book plates for your book? I never received one…

  13. DiggidyDan says:

    dumming down lol.

  14. DiggidyDan says:

    Get a brain Morans!

  15. philipat says:


    Sorry, just trying to get into the US venacular as a mere foreigner. That is how the spelling is reported in the US media. I was brought up on “The First Aid to English” so my actual spelling is impecable. In English.

    Thanks for your tremendous contribution to the discussion. Moran.

  16. DiggidyDan says:

    Now that’s funny rite thur. No offence (the queen’s spelling). I contribute nothing to this discussion, I’m just a dumb ‘Merican.