Capital Ideas tells the history of indexing, describing the false starts and the visionaries who tried to sell the idea to a skeptical investment community.
Vanguard Group founder (and successful visionary) John Bogle explains the basics of indexing and much more in
Common Sense on Mutual Funds.
Bogle's latest book,
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism,
takes investor rights (and responsibilities) to a new level.
Bogle blames the recent bubble and corporate scandals on a managerial class who lack respect for shareholders' interests;
among other things, the fix will require more proactive control by fund managers.
The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing pays homage to Bogle and Vanguard, but goes much further
to include guidance on general financial planning, tax management, insurance, and more.
The Four Pillars of Investing gives advice on indexing within a context of understanding the market.
All About Index Funds tells you ... all about index funds: a compact, comprehensive resource.
How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street presents an ultra-simple portfolio of just three index funds, and provides lots of practical guidance.
Anybody past the paste-eating stage can learn from this book.
Unconventional Success covers advanced topics, including reasons why some indexes and funds are better than others.
The author writes like a man on a mission, warning you about "slimy" practices that the industry would rather keep hidden.