The ASPL Library - 16 of our favourite books from the world of finance


Those of you who regularly come to see us may have noticed the small book collection we keep in Reception. If you've yet to visit us or would like to keep our book list handy, here are 16 of our favourite reads from the financial world.

1. “All that Glitters” by John Gapper and Nicholas Denton

A brilliant, independent look at the collapse of Barings.

2. “Barbarians at the Gate” by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Reads like a thriller!  Various shenanigans as Wall Street competes for the (then record) battle for the control of RJR Nabisco during 1988.

3. “The Predators’ Ball” by Connie Bruck

Probably the best version of the Michael Milken/Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond era.

4. “Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis

The author’s true story of his time at the Dealing Rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London in the mid 1980’s.  Lewis has gone on to produce further insights into our financial world.

5. “When Genius Failed” by Roger Lowenstein

Essentially the fascinating rise and fall of the PhDs at Long-Term Capital Management.

6. “Who Runs Britain” by Robert Peston

Love him or loathe him, this is a superb insight into some of the country’s most powerful people.

7. “When Money Dies” by Adam Fergusson

The amazing nightmare of the Weimar hyper-inflation times of the 1920s. 

8. “On the Brink” by Henry Paulson, Jr.

Inside the race to stop the collapse of the global financial system!  “TARP” and Lehmans etc.

9. “Fools Gold” by Gillian Tett

Wall Street during the post 2007/08 crisis.

10. “Winning the Loser’s Game” by Charles D Ellis

For anybody wanting to understand markets and passive investing.

11. “Going for Broke” by Judith Rawnsley

Barings employee charts the 7 year build up to the Barings accident waiting to happen.

12. “Black and White on Wall Street” by Joseph Jett

Jett was behind one of Wall Street’s largest securities scams and this is his own story.

13. “Apocalypse Roulette” by Richard Thompson

Potential dangers of derivatives.

14. “The Junk Bond Revolution” by Fenton Bailey

Widely considered to be the greatest financial genius of his age, in 1990 Michael Milken was sent to prison for 10 years.

15. “Back from the Brink” by Alistair Darling

The British view of Lehmans etc.

16. “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort

Reputedly the prototype for the film “Boiler Room”.

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