Book and Movie List for Finance Professionals

The world of finance has gone through many great challenges and crises in the modern history, which plenty of authors have written about. This finance book and movie list is recommended by Tracey McVicar, one of UBC Sauder's faculty advisory board members who is currently the Managing Partner at CAI Capital Management Co. This list will help financial professionals who are looking to better understand their industry history and important financial principles.


  1. The Big Short  - Michael Lewis
  2. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life - Alice Schroeder
  3. The Forgotten Man – A New History of the Great Depression - Amity Shlaes
  4. Fool’s Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe - Gillian Tett
  5. The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers - Vicky Ward
  6. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
  7. The Accidental Investment Banker: Inside the Decade that Transformed Wall Street - Jonathan A. Knee
  8. The Running of the Bulls: Inside the Cutthroat Race from Wharton to Wall Street - Nicole Ridgway
  9. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco - Bryan Burrough
  10. Den of Thieves - James B. Stewart
  11. Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis
  12. The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders - Connie Bruck 
  13. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Management - Roger Lowenstein
  14. The Handbook of Fixed Income Securities, 6th Edition - Frank J. Fabozzi
  15. Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success - Lisa Erlich
  16. Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle - John Rolfe
  17. Legacy: A Biography of Moses and Walter Annenberg - Christopher Ogden
  18. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance - Ron Chernow
  19. The Money Culture - Michael Lewis
  20. eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work - Randall E. Stross
  21. Merchants of Debt: KKR and the Mortgaging of American Business With a New Afterword by the Author - George Anders
  22. Personal History (Vintage) - Katharine Graham
  23. Extraordinary Popular Delusions - Charles MacKay
  24. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Simon Winchester
  25. The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers - Vicky Ward
  26. Street Fighters The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street - Kate Kelly
  27. A Week in December - Sebastian Faulks
  28. Weapons of Math Destruction - Cathy O’Neill 
  29. Big Deal: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Digital Age - Bruce Wasserstein


  2. Boiler Room 
  3. Glengarry Glen Ross 
  4. Wall Street 
  5. Blow 
  6. Working Girl 
  7. Pretty Woman 
  8. The Bonfire of the Vanities (book and movie) - Tom Wolfe
  9. Arbitrage 
  10. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 
  11. Margin Call 
  12. Too Big to Fail (book and movie)
  13. Equity (movie about female investment banker – on Netflix in December 2016)

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