“Reminiscences of A Stock Operator”: Edwin Lefevre’s account of the Wall Street adventures of the great speculator, Jesse Livermore. Written more than 85 years ago, but full of timeless lessons about Wall Street. Get the hardcover version with illustrations. A riveting read.
To understand risk, books by Nicholas Taleb are excellence.
“Fooled by Randomness/The Black Swan,” NassimNicholas Taleb: I’ve listed both of his excellent recent books, although Fooled is the better read. Taleb’s books are about separating serendipity and success. They can also get a bit abstruse, but so what.