Here are 18 books Wall Streeters are talking about

Whether or not you have time off coming up, you should think about grabbing a book from this list.

Dave Lutz — head of ETF trading and strategy at JonesTrading who is known for his “super quick guides to what traders are talking about” briefs — compiled a dizzying list of the books Wall Street will be reading on “spring break” this year.

This year, Lutz got more than 700 responses.

And while we could list them all, we’ve highlighted the 18 books that were most frequently recommended, with comments on why the people think you should read them.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Author: Ashlee Vance

Description: Veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur.

Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.

Source: Amazon

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How Non-Conformists Move the World

Author: Adam Grant

Description: 'Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favourite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.' -- Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Dave Lutz

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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Authors: Philip Tetlock & Dan Gardner

Description: An Economist Best Book of 2015 -- 'The most important book on decision making since Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow.' It shows us how we can learn from this elite group, weaving together stories of forecasting successes (the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound) and failures (the Bay of Pigs) and interviews with a range of high-level decision makers.

Source: Dave Lutz

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The Boys in the Boat

Author: Daniel James Brown

Description: It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.

Source: Amazon

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The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

Author: Boris Johnson

Description: Told more in layman's language then a traditional biography and really highlights how hard he worked to get the US into WW2 and save our precious island.

Source: Dave Lutz

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The Wright Brothers

Author: David McCullough

Description: Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Source: Dave Lutz

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When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi

Description: A profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question: 'What makes a life worth living?'

Source: Dave Lutz

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Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

Amazon

Author: Eric Greitens

Description: Best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offer a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life.

Source: Dave Lutz

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Lords of Finance

Amazon

Author: Liaquat Ahamed

Description: With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.

Source: Dave Lutz

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Dead Wake

Author: Erik Larson

Description: From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania.

Source: Dave Lutz

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Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win

Author: Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Description: Hard-hitting, navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life.

Source: Dave Lutz

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The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Description: After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive -- and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills -- and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit -- he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

Source: Amazon

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The Obstacle is the Way

Author: Ryan Holiday

Description: Media consultant for billion-dollar brands draws on the philosophy of the stoics to guide you in every situation, showing that what blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better. If the competition threatens you, it's time to be fearless, to display your courage.

Source: Dave Lutz

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The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Author: Ben Horowitz

Description: As someone who's started several businesses and read all of the classic books on business, this is head and shoulders above the rest. Filled with great stories, real world experience and no formulas -- the best book any business person can read about how to start and run a business.

Source: Dave Lutz

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The Rise and Fall of American Growth

Author: Robert J. Gordon

Description: The book provides an in-depth account of this momentous era of electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years.

Source: Amazon

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13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

Author: Mitchell Zuckoff

Description: 13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by 'New York Times' bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country.

Source: Amazon

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The Revenant

Author: Michael Punke

Description: Based on the story of the American frontiersman Hugh Glass, and basis for the (Oscar-winning) movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Source: Dave Lutz

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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Description: After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily manoeuvred around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Source: Dave Lutz

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