Reading List

The below books are from my personal library. These are the very best of the best. I have read these books many times AND have applied many of the principles found in these books. Enjoy. I would suggest reading in order.

Finance Books

Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey1. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – One of the best books for beginners on personal finance. This was my first read on personal finance. I still use this book as a reference guide. Filled with good principles of finance, this is a MUST have.




2. Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam – One of the best books for beginners on personal finance. This is by far my best read on personal investing. I wish I would have known these things 20 years ago. This is a MUST have.




Mr. Money Mustache - Financial Freedom through Badassity3. Mr Money Mustache Blog – this is an amazing blog on how to retire early with EXTREME frugality.





4. The Millionaire Next Door – by far the most comprehensive research study on how to accumulate wealth.





5. The Richest Man in Babylon – a simple story with very real solutions to how to accumulate wealth. This book is a classic and a must-read.





Rich Dad, Poor Dad6. Rich Dad Poor Dad – the collection would not be complete without adding Robert Kiyosaki’s story of his “two” dads and how they approached finances differently.





E-commerce / Entrepreneurship

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau1. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – This well written concise book has much to offer someone interested in starting out on their own. Use this book to get a good understanding of what it takes to run your own business.




Content Inc by Joe Pulizzi2. Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi – I have used this Amazon bestseller in several classes. This is a great book on how the content model works for building e-commerce sites. It is also available on





1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement – if all business books were this clever and easy to understand everyone would be in business. This book is used in most MBA schools as a process management text. I love how it is a ‘story’. This book is OLD, but still very cool.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – this is a very introspective book. This book is almost a self-help book. However, some very practical principles to help with the business.

3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work – this well-written book really speaks to why not everyone is cut out to be a small business owner.

4. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – GTD has a big following. Understanding how the process works may unlock some of your inner productivity strengths.

5. Impact Your Business: An Allegory of an Entrepreneur’s Journey – this is another business book that is told in story form. The author does a great job of applying good sound principles to business and accounting.

6. Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business – this furniture owner tells his story of how he used accounting and sound business practices to build his furniture business in a world of computers and the internet, which was all new to him.



1. Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence – starting at the beginning of the how the US was created. This is also known as the Revolutionary War.

2. Bill O’Reily’s Legends and Lies: The Civil War – Bill does a pretty good job of explaining the circumstances before, during and after the Civil War.

3. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan – although the war was fought in Europe as well, the Marine Corps spent some serious time in the Pacific Islands. This book explains the role Japan played in the role and how the US fought the Pacific campaign.