The best 25 Investment Banking books

Dive into the fast-paced world of investment banking with this curated book list. Explore the inner workings of this high-stakes industry, from mergers and acquisitions to financial analysis.
Whether you're a student considering a career in investment banking or simply interested in understanding the complexities of finance, these books will give you valuable insights and knowledge. Get ready to delve into the world of Wall Street and beyond.

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Investment Banking Books: Life After Google by George Gilder

Life After Google

George Gilder
The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
3.9 (329 ratings)
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What's Life After Google about?

Life After Google (2018), shows how the future may instead lie in the “cryptocosm” and its blockchain architecture, which allows everyone to exert individual control of data and security online. Since the dawn of the internet, there have been tremendous progress in technology and the way people live their lives. And at the heart of it all is Google, a company that has managed to build a global way of thinking around their business model and vision. But it’s also falling rapidly out of favor with users for its lack of security precautions. Google may once have dominated, but we should prepare for a world that is no longer defined by it.

Who should read Life After Google?

  • Business buffs who want to know where the future is headed
  • Technology enthusiasts who want to understand the latest developments
  • Anyone with an interest in their online data security

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Investment Banking Books: The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous

The Bitcoin Standard

Saifedean Ammous
The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
4.5 (518 ratings)
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What's The Bitcoin Standard about?

The Bitcoin Standard (2018) traces the story of money, from the very first rock currencies to the Victorians’ love affair with gold and today’s new kid on the block – digital cryptocurrency. Saifedean Ammous, an economist convinced that we need to embrace the forgotten virtues of sound money, believes Bitcoin might just be the future. Like yesteryear’s gold reserves, it has unique properties that mean it’s ideally placed to act as a medium of exchange that can’t be manipulated by bumbling governments. And that’s great news if we want to return our economies to stability and growth and put the cycle of boom and bust behind us.

Who should read The Bitcoin Standard?

  • People interested in the history of money
  • Economists and business buffs
  • Anyone with an eye on the future

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Investment Banking Books: Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Too Big to Fail

Andrew Ross Sorkin
The Inside Story of how Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
3.5 (12 ratings)
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What's Too Big to Fail about?

Too Big to Fail (2009) draws you into the heart of the 2008 financial crisis, revealing the high-stakes decisions and power struggles that shaped the world's economic landscape at that time. This gripping narrative untangles a complex web of financial intrigue, and will help you understand the forces that drove one of the most tumultuous periods in financial history.

 

Who should read Too Big to Fail?

  • Finance professionals interested in economic crisis insights
  • History buffs exploring twenty-first-century financial events
  • Business students studying real-world corporate strategy

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Investment Banking Books: The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort

What's The Wolf of Wall Street about?

The Wolf of Wall Street is a memoir by Jordan Belfort that recounts his rise and fall as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Filled with wild anecdotes and insights into the world of finance, the book offers a firsthand account of Belfort's excessive lifestyle and the corruption that ultimately led to his downfall.

Who should read The Wolf of Wall Street?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for an inside look at the world of high-stakes finance
  • Readers interested in the psychology of wealth and power
  • Those seeking a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of unchecked ambition

What's Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity about?

Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity by David Stowell provides a comprehensive overview of the financial industry. It delves into the roles and functions of investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms, offering valuable insights into their strategies, operations, and impact on the global economy. Whether you're a finance professional or simply interested in understanding the inner workings of these institutions, this book is a must-read.

Who should read Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity?

  • Individuals aspiring to work in investment banking, private equity or hedge funds
  • Finance professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of these sectors
  • University students studying finance, business, or economics

What's Financial Modeling and Valuation about?

Financial Modeling and Valuation by Paul Pignataro provides a comprehensive guide to building and analyzing financial models. It covers key concepts and techniques used in corporate finance and investment banking, offering practical insights and real-world examples. Whether you're a finance professional or a student, this book will help you develop the skills needed to make informed financial decisions.

Who should read Financial Modeling and Valuation?

  • Professionals in finance seeking to enhance their financial modeling and valuation skills
  • Students and academics studying finance, accounting, or business
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to understand how to value their business and attract investors

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Investment Banking Books: Dictionary of Banking Terms by Thomas P. Fitch

What's Dictionary of Banking Terms about?

Dictionary of Banking Terms by Thomas P. Fitch is a comprehensive guide to the complex world of banking. It provides clear and concise explanations of various banking terms, concepts, and practices, making it an essential resource for anyone looking to understand the financial industry.

Who should read Dictionary of Banking Terms?

  • Finance professionals looking to expand their knowledge of banking terminology
  • Students studying finance or pursuing a career in banking
  • Individuals with an interest in understanding the language and concepts of the banking industry

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Investment Banking Books: Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner

Stress Test

Timothy F. Geithner

What's Stress Test about?

Stress Test is a memoir by Timothy F. Geithner that provides an insider's account of the financial crisis of 2008. Geithner, who served as the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and later as the Secretary of the Treasury, shares his experiences and decisions during this tumultuous time, offering insights into the challenges faced and the actions taken to stabilize the global economy.

Who should read Stress Test?

  • Anyone interested in understanding the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath
  • Individuals working in finance, economics, or government
  • Readers looking for insights into decision-making during high-stakes situations

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Investment Banking Books: Investment Banking by Joshua Rosenbaum, Joshua Pearl

Investment Banking

Joshua Rosenbaum, Joshua Pearl

What's Investment Banking about?

Investment Banking by Joshua Rosenbaum and Joshua Pearl is a comprehensive guide to the complex world of investment banking. It covers everything from financial analysis and valuation to the different types of transactions and their structuring. Whether you're a finance student looking to enter the industry or a professional seeking to deepen your understanding, this book provides a detailed and practical insight into the key concepts and strategies of investment banking.

Who should read Investment Banking?

  • Students and professionals aspiring to work in investment banking
  • Anyone looking to understand the principles of valuation, financial analysis, and deal-making
  • Individuals seeking practical and comprehensive insights into the world of finance and mergers and acquisitions

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Investment Banking Books: Straight to Hell by John LeFevre

Straight to Hell

John LeFevre

What's Straight to Hell about?

Straight to Hell by John LeFevre is a memoir that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the high-stakes world of investment banking. Filled with wit and uncensored honesty, the book takes readers on a wild ride through the excesses and absurdities of Wall Street, revealing the true nature of the industry and the characters who inhabit it.

Who should read Straight to Hell?

  • Anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes world of investment banking
  • Readers who enjoy candid and unfiltered stories about Wall Street culture
  • Those looking for a humorous and irreverent take on the finance industry

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Investment Banking Books: The Repo Handbook by Moorad Choudhry

The Repo Handbook

Moorad Choudhry

What's The Repo Handbook about?

The Repo Handbook by Moorad Choudhry provides a comprehensive guide to repurchase agreements (repos) in financial markets. It covers the mechanics of repo transactions, the role of collateral, risk management, and the use of repos in trading and funding. Whether you're new to the world of repos or a seasoned professional, this book offers valuable insights and practical advice.

Who should read The Repo Handbook?

  • Treasurers, financial controllers, or risk managers in corporate companies
  • Financial analysts or traders in banks and financial institutions
  • Investors or fund managers looking to understand the mechanics of repurchase agreements

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Investment Banking Books: End the Fed by Ron Paul

End the Fed

Ron Paul

What's End the Fed about?

End the Fed by Ron Paul is a thought-provoking book that challenges the role of the Federal Reserve in the US economy. Paul argues that the Fed's policies have led to financial instability, inflation, and a devaluation of the dollar. He presents a case for abolishing the central bank and returning to a system of sound money and free market principles.

Who should read End the Fed?

  • Individuals who want to understand the impact of the Federal Reserve on the economy
  • Economically conscious readers who seek alternative perspectives on monetary policy
  • Those interested in learning about the history and functions of central banks

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Investment Banking Books: The Predators' Ball by Connie Bruck

The Predators' Ball

Connie Bruck

What's The Predators' Ball about?

The Predators' Ball by Connie Bruck is a gripping account of the rise and fall of junk bond king Michael Milken and the financial empire he built. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Bruck delves into the world of high-stakes finance and corporate takeovers in the 1980s, revealing the greed, power struggles, and eventual downfall of Milken and his associates.


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Investment Banking Books: Manias, Panics, and Crashes by Charles P. Kindleberger

Manias, Panics, and Crashes

Charles P. Kindleberger

What's Manias, Panics, and Crashes about?

Manias, Panics, and Crashes by Charles P. Kindleberger explores the history of financial crises and their underlying causes. Drawing on extensive research, the book provides insights into the patterns and behaviors that lead to market instability. It offers valuable lessons for investors, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of financial markets.

Who should read Manias, Panics, and Crashes?

  • Investors and traders looking to understand the history and psychology behind market crashes
  • Financial professionals seeking insights into speculative bubbles and their aftermath
  • Economists and students studying the impact of irrational behavior on financial markets

What's The Accidental Investment Banker about?

The Accidental Investment Banker by Jonathan A. Knee offers a candid and insightful look into the world of investment banking. Through personal anecdotes and industry analysis, the book explores the challenges, rewards, and ethical dilemmas faced by those working on Wall Street. It provides a unique perspective on the inner workings of the financial sector and the impact it has on the global economy.

Who should read The Accidental Investment Banker?

  • Anyone interested in the inner workings of the investment banking industry
  • Professionals considering a career in finance and wanting a behind-the-scenes look at investment banking
  • Readers who enjoy personal memoirs and insider accounts of business

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Investment Banking Books: Doing Digital by Chris Skinner

Doing Digital

Chris Skinner

What's Doing Digital about?

Doing Digital by Chris Skinner explores the digital transformation of the banking industry. It delves into the challenges and opportunities that arise as traditional banks adapt to the digital age, and offers insights into the strategies and technologies that are shaping the future of finance.

Who should read Doing Digital?

  • Professionals working in the banking and financial services industry
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to understand digital disruption
  • Students and academics studying the impact of technology on banking

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Investment Banking Books: Bank 4.0 by Brett King

Bank 4.0

Brett King

What's Bank 4.0 about?

'Bank 4.0' by Brett King offers insight into the disruptive technologies changing the banking industry. It explores the shift towards digital and mobile banking, the rise of fintech companies, and the implications for traditional banks. King provides a roadmap for banks to embrace innovation and stay relevant in the evolving financial landscape.

Who should read Bank 4.0?

  • People interested in the future of banking and financial technology
  • Banking professionals looking to stay ahead of industry trends and innovations
  • Entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to disrupt the traditional banking model

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Investment Banking Books: Discussion Materials by Bill Keenan

What's Discussion Materials about?

Discussion Materials by Bill Keenan offers a candid and humorous account of life as an investment banking associate. Through a series of entertaining anecdotes and insightful reflections, Keenan provides a behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure world of finance and the absurdities that come with it. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the inner workings of Wall Street.

Who should read Discussion Materials?

  • Anyone interested in the inner workings of investment banking
  • Individuals seeking a candid and humorous depiction of corporate culture
  • Readers looking for a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and absurdities of the finance industry

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Investment Banking Books: The Color of Money by Mehrsa Baradaran

The Color of Money

Mehrsa Baradaran

What's The Color of Money about?

The Color of Money by Mehrsa Baradaran delves into the history of racial inequality in the United States through the lens of banking and financial systems. It explores how government policies and banking practices have perpetuated wealth disparities between white and black Americans, and offers thought-provoking insights into the ongoing challenges of economic justice.

Who should read The Color of Money?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the history and impact of racial wealth disparities
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to support and invest in minority-owned businesses
  • Policy makers and advocates seeking to address systemic economic inequalities

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Investment Banking Books: Residential Mortgage Lending by Marshall W. Dennis, Thomas J Pinkowish

Residential Mortgage Lending

Marshall W. Dennis, Thomas J Pinkowish

What's Residential Mortgage Lending about?

Residential Mortgage Lending by Marshall W. Dennis and Thomas J. Pinkowish provides a comprehensive guide to the world of mortgage lending. From understanding the different types of loans to navigating the application process, this book offers valuable insights and practical tips for both industry professionals and individuals looking to secure a mortgage.

Who should read Residential Mortgage Lending?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the residential mortgage lending process
  • Professionals working in the mortgage industry seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Students studying real estate finance or related fields

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What's Investment Banking Explained about?

Investment Banking Explained by Michel Fleuriet offers a comprehensive guide to the world of investment banking. It covers everything from the history and evolution of investment banking to the various functions and roles within the industry. Whether you're a student aspiring to work in investment banking or a professional looking to gain a deeper understanding, this book provides valuable insights and knowledge.

Who should read Investment Banking Explained?

  • Individuals who want to understand the basics of investment banking
  • Professionals in finance looking to expand their knowledge in the field
  • Students considering a career in investment banking

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Investment Banking Books: Nomad Capitalist by Andrew Henderson

Nomad Capitalist

Andrew Henderson

What's Nomad Capitalist about?

Nomad Capitalist by Andrew Henderson is a guide for individuals looking to achieve greater freedom, financial success, and a higher quality of life by embracing the concept of global citizenship. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, the author shares strategies for internationalizing your life, finances, and business, allowing you to take advantage of opportunities around the world.

Who should read Nomad Capitalist?

  • Individuals seeking opportunities for international diversification and financial optimization
  • Entrepreneurs and investors looking to expand their business and investment options globally
  • High-net-worth individuals interested in obtaining second passports or residency in foreign countries

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What's The Creature from Jekyll Island about?

is a thorough investigation into the history and operations of the Federal Reserve. Griffin exposes the secret meeting on Jekyll Island that led to the creation of the central bank and reveals its true nature and impact on the economy. This book offers a compelling critique of the Federal Reserve and its role in shaping the financial system.

Who should read The Creature from Jekyll Island?

  • People interested in understanding the history and workings of the Federal Reserve
  • Individuals who want to explore alternative theories about the financial system
  • Readers who are open to challenging their current beliefs about money and banking

What's The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains about?

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains by Antony Lewis is a comprehensive guide that demystifies the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It provides a clear explanation of how Bitcoin and other digital currencies work, as well as the underlying blockchain technology. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, this book offers valuable insights and practical knowledge about this rapidly evolving field.

Who should read The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains?

  • Individuals who want to understand the basics of bitcoins and blockchains
  • Investors looking to gain insights into the cryptocurrency market
  • Entrepreneurs and business professionals interested in leveraging blockchain technology for their ventures

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Investment Banking Books: Money and Power by William D. Cohan

Money and Power

William D. Cohan

What's Money and Power about?

Money and Power by William D. Cohan delves into the inner workings of Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. Through extensive research and interviews, the book uncovers the firm's rise to power, its role in the 2008 financial crisis, and the influence it wields in the world of finance and politics. It offers a compelling and revealing look at the intersection of money and power in the modern financial system.

Who should read Money and Power?

  • Individuals interested in the inner workings of the financial industry
  • Entrepreneurs looking to understand the power dynamics in the business world
  • Finance professionals seeking insights into the mindset and operations of high-powered investment banks

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