Required Reading: 20 Books to Boost Your Financial Literacy

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Recommended by Editorial Director John Simons: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World by Niall Ferguson (Penguin, $16). Wise investors know their history. This book chronicles centuries of financial booms and busts—and the people who caused them—in dramatic style.

Recommended by Editorial Director John Simons: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The…