Recommended Reading

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  • Early Retirement Extreme, by Jacob Lund Fisker

Jacob wrote a blog post with a list of books that he recommends.

He wrote a second list.

See also the bibliography of the ERE book.


Practical Skills

  • 52 Weeks to Preparedness: An Emergency Preparedness Plan For Surviving Virtually Any Disaster free on website print book on amazon **NEW**
  • Alone in the Wilderness, by Joseph Knowles read online
  • Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving (hard to find the original, but it's the best version)
  • Barn Plans and Outbuildings, read online
  • Big Blue Book of Bike Repair, Park Tool
  • The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates by Patrick Whitefield Amazon
  • Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times, by Steve Solomon
  • Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, by Rolfe Cobleigh pdf
  • Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
  • Household Discoveries by Sidney Levi Morse read online
  • How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Flexible cookbook with recipes & techniques.
  • Journal of the New Alchemists, pdf back issues
  • The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer (earlier versions are best and can be found at garage sales)
  • LDS Preparedness Manual: General Membership Edition free download **NEW**
  • The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home by Ken Albala and Rosanna Henderson. Info on various food production, sewing, etc.
  • Make it! Don't buy it", edited by John Warde
  • Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management free online version:[2] wiki:[3]
  • The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour
  • Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew
  • Work Magazine Reprint Project, a 19th-Century British magazine aimed at craftspeople. downloadable issues


  • Failsafe Investing, by Harry Browne (The Permanent Portfolio)
  • A History of Interest Rates, by Sidney Homer and Richard Sylla [4]
  • The Intelligent Asset Allocator, by William J Bernstein Amazon
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham Amazon
  • John Norstad's Finance Page - concise technical primer to modern portfolio theory and index investing
  • Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor, by Seth A. Klarman pdf
  • The Misbehavior of Markets, by Benoit Mandelbrot and Richard L. Hudson
  • More than you know, by Michael Maubbousin
  • The Permanent Portfolio, by Craig Rowland and J. M. Lawson
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel. Summary of the efficient market hypothesis.
  • Tail Risk Killers, by Jeffrey McGinn
  • Transparent Investing by Patrick Geddes. Approachable introduction to index investing PDF
  • The Elements of Investing by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis. A smooth introduction to index investing.

Personal Finance

  • The Complete Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn. Huge collection of serious money-saving tips, with dozens of useful ways to reuse old packaging, supplies, etc. One thousand pages full of clever ideas. Amazon.
  • The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley
  • Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money, by Dolly Freed
  • The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason pdf
  • Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez and Monique Tilford. Great book similar to ERE, but less technical and theoretical, and also less targeted towards engineering/INTJ type individuals. Amazon

ERE Book Club

  • Book Club Thread
  • My_Brain_Gets_Itchy, Flourish, by Martin Seligman, discussion
  • Spartan_Warrior, The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy, by Warren Mosler, pdf, discussion
  • theanimal, What Has Nature Ever Done for US?, by Tony Juniper discussion
  • Chad, Dirty Wars, by Jeremy Scahill discussion
  • jennypenny, The Sports Gene, by David Epstein discussion
  • sshawnn, Quiet, by Susan Cain discussion
  • Felix, Zero to Make, by David Long discussion
  • Ego, Epic Series, by Johnny B. Truant discussion
  • C40, Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius discussion
  • henrik, Private Truths, Public Lives, by Timur Kuran discussion
  • 5to9, Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts discussion
  • Dragline, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl discussion
  • Zalo, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne discussion
  • Sere, Cashing in on the American Dream: How to Retire at 35 by Paul Terhorst discussion
  • vexed87, A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson discussion
  • fiby41
  • jennypenny, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, by Ted Koppel discussion

Additional Reading and Resources


  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin
  • Emerson: The Mind on Fire, by Robert D. Richarson Jr. and Barry Moser
  • Gustave Le Bon, the Man and His Works, by Gustave Le Bon, edited by Alice W. Widener
  • Letters from a Stoic, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated by Robin Campbell
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder

Films and Videos

Related Interests

  • Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner
  • The Fourth Turning, by William Strauss
  • The Introvert Advantage, by Marti Olsen Laney
  • Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, by Mark Frauenfelder
  • Overshoot, by William Robert Catton
  • The Power of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz pdf
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Matthew B. Crawford
  • The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver
  • Survival+, by Charles Hugh Smith
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson
  • Working, by Studs Terkel
  • You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney