Here is a list of readable books. Fun to read, and who knows, you might learn something interesting in the process.
Capital Ideas : The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street by Peter L. Bernstein. This was the first of Peter Bernstein’s readable and interesting books. A 2nd edition is on the way.
Hedgehogging by Barton Biggs. War stories from the hedge fund industry.
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow. The rise of modern finance in the age of the Robber Barons.
Inventing Money : The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It by Nicholas Dunbar. “A substantial primer on the history of financial theory.”
Manias, Panics, and Crashes : A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger, et al. A classic, funny and “the best history of financial pathologies.”
Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance by Perry Mehrling. “The best currently available general history of the revolution in finance that took place between 1960 and 1990: the essential ideas and disputes are explained clearly, with a minimum of mathematics and jargon.”