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100 Minds That Made the Market (Fisher Investments Press) [Paperback]

Kenneth L. Fisher
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11 Sep 2007 Fisher Investments Press (Book 2)
Introducing the new Fisher Investment Series, comprised of engaging and informative titles written by renowned money manager and bestselling author Ken Fisher. This series offers essential insights into the worlds of investing and finance. Over the course of nearly two centuries, the innovations, mistakes, and scandals of different market participants have played an important role in shaping today′s financial markets. Now, in 100 Minds That Made the Market , Ken Fisher delivers cameo biographies of these pioneers of American financial history. From Joe Kennedy′s "sexcapades" to Jesse Livermore′s suicide, this book details the drama, the dirt, and the financial principles of an amazingly inventive group of financial minds. Fisher digs deep to uncover the careers, personal lives, and contributions of these individuals, and leads you through the lessons that can be learned from each one. Here you have 100 of the best teachers –– some you already know, some you will feel you know, and some you may not have previously discovered –– whose experiences will undoubtedly enhance your understanding of the markets. With a few pages dedicated to each person, 100 Minds That Made the Market quickly captures the essence of the people and ideas that have influenced the evolution of the financial industry.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047013951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470139516
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…trawl through the biographies of those who have made the markets move for some of the right – and wrong – reasons.” ( FT′s Investment Adviser , Monday 18th February 2008)

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100 Minds That Made The Market Introducing the new Fisher Investment Series Comprised of engaging and informative titles written by renowned money manager and bestselling author Ken Fisher, this series offers essential insights into the worlds of investing and finance. Over the course of nearly two centuries, the innovations, mistakes, and scandals of many different market participants have all played an important role in shaping today′s financial markets. Now, in 100 Minds That Made the Market, Ken Fisher delivers cameo biographies of these pioneers of American financial history. From Joe Kennedy′s "sexcapades" to Jesse Livermore′s suicide, this book details the drama, the dirt, and the financial principles of an amazingly inventive group of financial minds. Fisher digs deep to uncover the careers, personal lives, and contributions of these individuals, and leads you through the lessons that can be learned from each one. Here you have 100 of the best teachers—some you already know, some you will feel you know, and some you have not yet come upon—whose experiences will undoubtedly enhance your understanding of the markets. With only a few pages dedicated to each person, 100 Minds That Made the Market quickly captures the essence of the people—and ideas—that have influenced the evolution of the financial industry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 30 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author states that this book is written mainly for fun, it certainly is that but it also reinforces some profound lessons for anyone who is interested in the workings of the stock market. Although a book consisting of 100 thumbnail sketches of notable Wall Street characters may not seem like a recipe for an interesting book, Mr Fisher has a warm and accessible writing style. The choice of the 100 minds that make up the book is obviously the author's own and generally are very well chosen, however the omission of Rockerfellar seems to me to be the one oversight in the book, as he casts a shadow over many of the other 100 minds.
Generally, this is a great book for anyone who wishes to be entertained and learn something of Wall Street's history at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for those interested in financial history 15 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
100 great biographies of the most influential personalities that affect the markets even today. If you're interested in how our markets developed from it's chaotic beginning this is a great book. I particularly enjoyed the section on crooks and scams. It's amazing some of the things people will do.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short biographies 12 Nov 2005
By bokreeader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book for reading the short bios of the financial history makers. I just picked and chose the people I was interested in reading about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review from the Aleph Blog 23 Jan 2010
By David Merkel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Some people are hard to buy gifts for. With books, there is often a trade-off between books that say a lot, and those that people are willing to read. One book that I think hits the sweet spot is 100 Minds That Made The Market, by Ken Fisher.

Why do I think this? This book is 100 little books in one volume. You can pick this book up for five minutes, and read a well-written 3-4 page biography of person who has had a significant impact on how our markets work today. Then you can put it down, get back to work, and think that you have learned something significant.

When I read this book back in the late '90s, I recognized about half of the people who were profiled in the book. I felt that I learned a lot in a short amount of time.

Consider the categories of people that the book deals with:

* The greats of the distant past (late 18th Century to mid 19th Century)
* Investment Writers and Data Publishers
* Famous investment bankers
* Bankers
* Central Bankers
* New Deal Regulators
* Swindlers, Scamps, Rogues, and Thieves
* Statisticians, Economists, and Nuts
* Successful Entrepreneurs and Speculators
* Unsuccessful Entrepreneurs and Speculators
* Notable Oddballs
* And more

The biographies are well-written and concise. They illustrate eras in Western, and in particular, American Capitalism. Many of the names are obscure in the present day, but after you read the biography, you have no doubt that they were important to their era.

I enjoyed the book greatly, and hope that you will too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too brief and tabloid that do investors and traders no good at all 3 May 2009
By ServantofGod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I didnt expect to learn much from a book that summarizes a great mind in only three to four pages. However, I also didnt expect the author, or editors employed by the successful fund manager/author/columnist to adopt that tabloid style to drill into the personal life rather than the investing/trading/business success of each. For e.g. on Benjamin Graham, "Meanwhile, Graham was also busy bustling between his homes in La Jolla, California and Provence, France, where he ultimately died in the company of his long time French mistress, whom he'd courted away from his son!" I had not read through the whole book, but similar "insulting style" was applied on Bernard Baruch, Jesse Livermore and William Gann, of which I had studied before. If you read to sharpen your edge, I strongly recommend you to put your valuable time and money somewhere else.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Goulds That Helped Make the Market 5 Feb 2014
By Edson B. Gould III - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Fisher compiled a great brief history of those 100 individuals that have had the greatest impact on the stock market since it's beginning on Bowling Green.

Biographic references to Edson Gould and his market forecasting accuracy was most appreciated. Jay Gould coverage was also excellent.

Edson Gould III
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