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We polled our Rising Stars of Wall Street for the books they swear by for wisdom, business strategy, and career inspiration.
Here are 11 recommendations we received.
Additional reporting by Meghan Morris.
“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou
Rising Star: Katherine Wood, private-equity investor, TPG
“Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was a few years ahead of me at Stanford. It’s one of the greatest diligence misses of all time. As you think about that as investor, there are a lot of lessons to be learned.”
“A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honour” by Dana Canedy
Rising Star: Anna Ashurov, vice president of investment banking, Goldman Sachs
“Because I have children, it really resonated with me. The book is basically a journal that a man wrote for his son while he was in the military, and he ended up dying in Iraq. He left this journal for his son to help him live his life; it offers him lessons for his life as he grows up.
“Reading takes you away from your day-to-day, and it gives you the ability to be in a different environment or setting and lets you be creative a little bit.”
“Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis
Rising Star: Tian Zeng, senior credit-index trader, Deutsche Bank
“I am a little biased because I started my career at Citigroup, which is formerly Salomon Brothers. I also recommend ‘Panic!’ by Michael Lewis, and I generally like all the ‘Market Wizards’ series, which are helpful in knowing what fits your trading style and what doesn’t.”
“Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow
Rising Star: Abigail Geller, cohead, BlackRock’s global hedge-funds division
“His work has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on our industry and country.”
“The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success” by William Thorndike Jr.
Rising Star: Sims Lansing, founder, Lansing Management
“The book best represents how I think about investing and also articulates the success stories and habits of the best CEOs of the 20th century.”
“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Rising Star: Anushka Sunder, private-equity investor, Blackstone
“It can be read as a charming children’s book or as one of the most insightful and poignant stories on human nature, relationships, and what is important in life. And it is wonderfully brief!”
“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight
Rising Star: Jackie Klaber, head of opportunistic investing, Rockefeller Capital Management
“I recently read ‘Shoe Dog,’ which is Phil Knight’s autobiography and the story of how he founded Nike. I chose it because our firm is, in some respects, a startup, as we are launching new lines of business and building upon others, and I wanted to learn about an entrepreneur’s success story. Nike certainly had some difficult and existential issues in its early years, and the book was a good reminder about the importance of perseverance and believing in the value of one’s work.”
“Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling
Rising Star: Anish Pathipati, head of analytics and execution, North Island
“I chose the ‘Harry Potter’ series because it sparks your imagination and creativity, which I believe are critical to being an effective investor. And, of course, they’re very entertaining books!”
“Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” by Michael Lewis
Rising Star: Michael Sonnenshein, managing director, Grayscale Investments
“‘Flash Boys’ was a prime example of how technological innovation and forward-thinkers can reshape an entire industry. In ‘Flash Boys,’ novel computer algorithms and communications networks caused both market structure and behavioural changes to the trading industry.
“Similarly, today we’re experiencing the confluence of cryptography, blockchain technology, and distributed systems, which are meaningfully challenging preconceived notions of not just the financial industry but what constitutes money.”
“The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner
Rising Star: Kim Stolz, head of prime brokerage sales in the Americas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
“While not the most uplifting of books, Faulkner always sheds light on present topics and challenges we face through a different setting than we’d encounter today. In an age where the market continues its euphoria – though arguably not in the last few weeks – ‘The Sound and the Fury’ provides a stark contrast of a different time, which is forgotten too easily today.”
“Fooling Some of the People All of the Time,” by David Einhorn
Rising Star: Tanaka Maswoswe, private-equity investor, Carlyle Group
“It is an interesting read, and I enjoy how David Einhorn seems so relentless when he believes in something.”
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