12 Best Value Investing Books of All Time [by the Masters]

The Truly Great Value Investing Books. Let the Masters Teach You Stock Analysis, Valuation & The Best Rules & Criteria of Value Stocks Selection.

As an active investor and certified market analyst for over 20 years, I have invested in my learning library significantly. I have personally read all of the books on this list.  They are ranked in order of how valuable the content is to build a great portfolio of Warren Buffett style value stocks.

What to Look for in a Great Value Investing Book?

The best value investing books help you learn about company valuation, specifically intrinsic value so you can effectively analyze a stock. You will learn the criteria of value stocks and about the margin of safety. Next, how to build a stock screener and finally understand the rules and strategies to select your investments.

The Best Value Investing Books

  1. The Little Book that Still Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt 2010
  2. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle 2017
  3. The New Buffettology: Buffett’s Investing Strategy by Mary Buffett 2002
  4. The Little Book of Value Investing – Christopher H. Browne 2006
  5. How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System In Good Times And Bad by William ONeil 2009
  6. One Up On Wall Street Peter Lynch Edition Paperback – June 8, 2009
  7. Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond Bruce Greenwald 2004
  8. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham 2006
  9. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore 2014
  10. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki 2012
  11. The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment by Guy Spier
  12. A Wealth of Common Sense Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan
    By Ben Carlson 2015
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The Little Book that Still Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt (2010)

The Little Book That Still Beats the Market
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The legendary investor Joel Greenblatt does not need to sell books to make money.  He is primarily concerned about helping ordinary people make great investing decisions with their hard-earned money.

This is a short but fascinating book looking at his specific system that the author declares and proves makes a regular profit.

I have back-tested this system personally and it works very well, it is a little high maintenance, but the lessons contained within are vital.

It is also quite humorous which is welcome in the dry world of investing.

This is a great book to read, which provides real value to the investor, you absolutely have to read this book.

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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle (2017)

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
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The creator of the world’s first Index Tracking fund shares the critically important reasons why you should not be actively trading stock, commodities, and ETFs, but investing long term.

The key messages are very clear and passionately explained in the book.  Essentially, using any stock advisors, stock pickers or mutual funds are going to work out negatively for your investments over the long term.

This is incredibly important information that everyone needs to understand.

“Taxes, Broker Costs, Mutual Fund Manager Costs and Financial Advisor costs will severely eat away at the long-term compounding power of your investments”. John Bogle

This book is short and sweet and supported with plenty of proof to back up the assertions he makes.

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The New Buffettology by Mary Buffett (2002)

How Warren Buffett Got and Stayed Rich in Markets Like This and How You Can Too!

The New Buffettology is the first guide to Warren Buffett‘s selective contrarian investment strategy for exploiting down stocks – a strategy that has made him the nation’s second-richest person.

Designed to teach investors how to decipher and use financial information the way Buffett himself does, this book guides investors through opportunity-rich bear markets, walking them step-by-step through the equations and formulas Buffett uses to determine what to buy, what to sell — and when.

We have also based our article on How To Build A Great Buffett Stock Screener on this book.

Authors Mary Buffett and David Clark explore Buffett’s recent investments in detail, proving time and again that his strategy has earned enormous profits at a time no one expects them to, and with almost zero risks to his capital.

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The Little Book of Value Investing by Christopher H. Browne (2006)

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The Little Book of Value Investing offers investors the necessary tools to follow a value-investment model that consistently beats the market.

Written in an easy-to-understand tone by Christopher H. Browne, the managing director of Tweedy, Browne Company, one of the most highly-regarded investment firms in the USA.

This audiobook discusses the most important methods, ideas, and approaches in value investing including chapters on where to find value, buying stocks when they are on sale, long-term investing, when to hold and when to let go, and how to be a knowledgeable investor.

It is a short audiobook at only 4 hours 32 minutes, but I think you will find interesting concepts and tips.

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How to Make Money in Stocks by William O’Neil (2009)

How To Make Money In StocksCombining Technical & Fundamental Analysis, this best selling book gives you a good framework for building your own stock market investing approach. One of the best-investing books ever written.

Packed full of clear examples and a very structured approach. The approach called CANSLIM, is easy to remember as a Stock Screening approach to finding good stocks and shares to invest in.

These ideas are integrated into our training courses and also outlined in the Stock Market Strategy Blueprint. The book heavily promotes using Investors.com as a tool. In reality, you do not need to purchase this service as you can create your own stock screeners to achieve the same goal for free.

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One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch (2000)

One Up On Wall StreetA great book for beginner investors, with an excellent down to earth approach, ideal for the beginner to show you how to apply your local knowledge to find winning companies.  Great stories, great anecdotes:

“The old Wall Street adage “never invest in anything that eats or needs repairs” may apply to racehorses, but it’s malarkey when it comes to houses.” Peter Lynch

“Know what you own, and know why you own it” Peter Lynch

A very easy and entertaining read, authored by one of Wall Streets’ great stock pickers.

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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (2006)

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The classic book by Ben Graham, the father of Value Investing. Warren Buffet was also strongly influenced by Graham.

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing”-which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies-has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Positives: A huge amount of valuable insight and knowledge. The revised version with comments from Jason Zweig brings the book up to date with new examples of how the book’s tenets still hold true.

Negatives: With an overwhelming 623 pages or nearly 18 hours of listening combined and a very dry writing style you will need a lot of coffee to get you through it.

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The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore (2014)

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The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle.

This witty book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical ‘common sense’ promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer.

This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans.

With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.

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Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing by Robert T. Kiyosaki (2012)

What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

This book is absolutely loved by its readers.  Kiyosaki focuses on the mental shift needed to take you from how you were educated by the school system and your parents to adopting the mindset of a rich investor.

Covering the difference between running your own business and being an employee is incredibly insightful.  How being an investor is a lot less risky than being an investor.

The book covers investing in your business and truly understanding the difference between assets and liabilities.

According to the author, “If you do not understand that your house is actually a liability, not an asset, then you need to invest in your financial education”.

Overall the focus here is about starting and building up a business to get rich and how to structure your business spending to maximize your wealth.

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The Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier (2014)

My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

Guy Spier shares his philosophy on value investing. Light on actual strategies and more focused on how to develop your mindset to become a successful value investor.  He discusses how having an elite education does not guarantee any investing success, in fact, it may hinder it.

If you are in need of some investing soul food laced with positive anecdotes about the author’s life, then this is the book for you.  This book is extremely highly rated by Amazon buyers who mostly attribute the greatness of this book to being able to relate to the authors investing journey.

However, if you are looking for a solid education or strategies, this book only contains a lot of fluff about becoming more positive in your life and how being a good value investor makes you a better person.

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A Wealth of Common Sense by Ben Carlson (2015)

Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan

An interesting look at how remaining level headed and balanced in your approach to value investing could be the defining factor in how successful you are.

Insightful research into how the best performing value portfolios are often those that are forgotten about and no meddled with my portfolio managers.

Also, a discussion about how maintaining your calmness during stock market crashes and not selling your stocks at firesale prices will benefit you hugely in the long-term.

Light on strategy and more focusing on mentality, this book is worth reading.

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