Your Money or Your Life - This is the granddaddy of financial independence books. This was the one that got me started. Although some of the details of the program in this book are problematic, I still consider this required reading for anyone who wants to achieve financial independence.

Work Less, Live More - This is the best book I've found for financial independence, next to Your Money or Your Life. It fills in a lot of holes in Your Money or Your Life, such as the withdrawal rate, investing, health care, and taxes. It's also updated more frequently. This too I consider required reading.

Awaken the Giant Within - Financial independence requires a certain attitude that is not very common. It requires a lot of creativity, determination, and awareness. These came naturally for me from my rebellious childhood and my interest in philosophy, but I later found some of what I'd discovered on my own in this book by Tony Robbins. If you can get past his excessive use of exclamation points and his tendency to commoditize common philosophical and psychological concepts, I would definitely recommend this book.

What Color is Your Parachute? - This is a good resource for job-hunters and career-changers, providing many more tips than I've offered in the book.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette - This is a collection of every issue of The Tightwad Gazette, a newsletter that promoted thrift as a lifestyle, and provided thousands of tips for saving money without sacrificing quality of life. Dacyczyn was a master at frugality, emphasizing DIY within the context of raising a large family. Some of her tips may seem out-dated or irrelevant to you. She constantly reminds the reader that the tips themselves aren't the point, but the attitude and thought process they demonstrate.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street - This is the best investing book I've read. I consider it essential reading. It explains everything you need to know about investing, in the most down-to-earth fashion I've ever seen, but without dumbing it down. It demonstrates the Random Walk theory of investing. It is a little long-winded, but it's worth it.

Common Sense on Mutual Funds - If you can only read one investing book, read A Random Walk, but if you can read two, read Common Sense. When you read this book, you'll understand just how vital it is to minimize investment costs. Although this book is a little dry at times, the way Bogle exposes the evils of the mutual fund industry is amazing.

All About Asset Allocation - If you can only read two investing books, read A Random Walk and Common Sense, but if you can read three, read All About Asset Allocation. Other books explain how investing works, but fall short when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of putting together an actual portfolio. This book assumes you know how investing works, and just explains how asset allocation works and how to put together a good portfolio.

Value Investing For Dummies - Don't let the title fool you. Although it's very accessible for the layman, it's also very thorough and detailed. I've read several books on value investing, and this is the best. If you want to learn how to determine if a stock is worth the price, this book will teach you.

Ishmael - This is a perspective on captivity and freedom like none I've ever seen before or since. This book changed my thinking more than any book I've ever read.

Walden - This is a classic book by one of America's greatest minds and writers, describing his two year experiment in simple living. He built a cabin in the woods, next to Walden Pond, so he could face the essentials of life and gain perspective on society.

Free at Last - Gives an overview of Sudbury Valley School, which is governed by a participatory democracy, and believes in the birth right of children to their freedom, and the innate ability of children to learn.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk - Teaches parents and teachers how to communicate with their children without ever resorting to punishment.


Mr. Money Mustache - A fabulous financial independence blog, with many helpful articles.

Mad Fientist - The Financial Indepedence Podcast, with interviews and discussions related to financial independence.


Global Rich List - This will tell you how rich you are compared to the rest of the world. You may be startled to learn just how rich you really are. This website is a little preachy, but it provides an interesting perspective. - An excellent tool for finding and comparing financial institutions. You can use this to find the best rates for internet checking, credit cards, mortgages, savings accounts, and more.

Linux Mint - A very easy and popular Linux distribution. I recommend the Xfce edition.

Jamendo - A music service for Creative Commons artists. Use this to find free, excellent music.

Simplicity Collective - Articles, blog, and forum devoted to the voluntary simplicity lifestyle.

Compound interest calculator - Useful for some of the calculations in the book.

Vanguard financial advisors - If you're looking for help with investing.

Vanguard's balanced fund recommendation engine - Answer a few questions, such as risk tolerance and time horizon, and it will recommend a balanced fund intended to meet your needs. true market value calculator - Gives you the true market value of a used car, which you can use to estimate depreciation.

Amortization calculator - For creating an amortization schedule for your loans. - This is an online health insurance broker that is very easy to use and compare providers.

Why software should be free - Makes the case for software freedom.