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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator [Kindle Edition]

Edwin Lefèvre
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A biographical account of one of the early 20th century's highest-flying stock traders - Jesse Livermore. Read by stock traders everywhere, this timeless classic reveals Livermore's secrets for knowing yourself and knowing your strategy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Greenhorn Publishing; 001 edition (3 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KR0UW1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and thought provoking read 24 Feb 2004
By emulti
This book saved me from the drudgery of a 12 hour train journey one day. I was absolutely enthused by its storyline and the advice given on financial speculation.
This book teaches you that the way traders think, the way they behave and the reasons for their behaviour are the same now as they were back at the turn of the 20th century. It is not an easy read for those not keen on investment speculation. But if you intend to speculate with your own money, you should allow Jesse Livermore's lessons to sink into your subconcious. It is a book you need to read more than once to gain the most from it.
I am surprised nobody has made a film based upon this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary 1923 Stock Trader Gets Novel Treatment 16 Feb 2006
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edwin Lefèvre published this classic in 1923. His subject is Jesse Livermore, an infamous speculator and the world’s first documented successful day trader. Lefèvre thinly disguises Livermore, assigning him the fictional name Larry Livingston. First published as a series of Saturday Evening Post articles, this book explores greed, fear, envy and the relentless pursuit of fame and fortune, all as relevant today as in 1923 – one reason that this remains required reading for investors. The writing style is quaintly dated and Runyon-esque. Lefèvre’s use of old market jargon ("plungers," "bucket shops," "bear raids" and stock "operators" instead of brokers) reminds readers that this is a journalistic, a novelistic and a fiscal period piece. The illustrations by M.L. Blumenthal evoke its original publication date. Interestingly, market bubbles, whether in high-tech, railroads or real estate, remain basically as emotional and nonrational as they were in the early 1920s, so the lessons here remain meaningful. Speaking from that more innocent time, Lefèvre provides lasting market insights, including Livermore’s investing secrets. He distills the eternal truth that markets only go up or down, and that investors run on fear and greed. We strongly suggest this classic to serious investors and financial reporters. As you read it, you will hear the voice of its time and its lessons for today.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is, if understood and followed correctly, ALL one needs to be a successful trader.
It is the best observation of human nature displayed as a mass that has ever been written, and, as such, should be read by anyone interested in markets or psychology.
One of the most striking impressions it gives you is the realisation that NOTHING changes. The markets may be 24 hour, global and electronic now, but they will always move in the same fashion because they will always be driven by the two human emotions of fear and greed.
Run your winners, cut the losers....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and Timeless 9 Jun 2002
Superb tale that's relevant and informative to anyone trying to extract money from the markets. An excellent insight into the traps and pitfalls we all make whilst developing our own style or system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm on re-read number 14 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer
and I still belive I haven't gleaned everything from the book. I first bought the book before I started investing and thought it very intriguing as a story. After starting to invest as a professional I have since then gone back and re-read it many times over. For like those hidden 3-D pictures, you never see the hidden picture(s) unless you have the experience of market involvement on your side. Its that simple.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 19 Oct 1998
By A Customer
The book describes Jesse Livermore's victories and defeats. A wise investor would try to learn from Livermore's victories as well as his mistakes. Learning from one of Livermore's mistakes without actually losing the money could easily pay for the cost of the book. I originally learned of the book from another book, Market Wizards by Jack Schwager. Market Wizards was simply interviews with top traders who trade for a living. Reminiscense was the top book recommended by the traders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Reminiscences was a very interesting book and a nice change from more technical or even psychologically oriented ones. I would never recommend it as the first book on trading you should grab, however. Much of the insight would be lost on you unless you had at least given some blood to the markets. One thing that makes the book so great is that the reader gets to see examples of why the old trading maxims are what they are by the way they in which they are used.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trading from the GrandMaster of 1920s 11 Dec 1997
By A Customer
I must say this book is a rare (or extinct) product from the combinations of a competent author and an unbelieveable traders who possess unparallel trading skills.
Trading will never be the same without this book. The way the author describes every individual trades, it just bring you back into the 1920s. Be it how Livermore decide on a long or short position or how he managed to corner the July Cotton.

Below is two of my favorite quote, among many other interesting one you find in the book.

"Fundamental conditions were fighting for me. It was not difficult to be both fearless and patient. A speculator must have faith in himself and in his judgment. With me, I cannot fear to be wrong because I never think I am wrong until I am proven wrong." (paperback p228)

"I have to do my own seeing and my own thinking. But I can tell you after the market began to go my way I felt for the first time in my life that I had allies-the strongest and truest in the world: underlying conditions. They were helping me with all their might. Perhaps they were a trifle slow at times in bringing up the reserves, but they were dependable, provided I did not get too impatient." (p101)

If you will to read between the lines and it sounds familiar with what you had just done not long ago, then it pays to check out this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars its half a book
it's only half of the book. It should tell you that you are buying half a book. Do not buy it. rubbish
Published 6 months ago by p martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Always ask why?
If you are looking for a book that challenges the scientific establishment on its own terms then this is for you.
Published 6 months ago by Adrian Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless masterpiece.
If trading markets is of interest to you, then read this book.

You certainly WILL not regret it if you do. Read more
Published 11 months ago by m.deans
5.0 out of 5 stars great
What I liked about Jess he was honest he always paid his debts off even when he did no have to pay them that is a guy with honour its just a pity is died the way he did then that... Read more
Published 18 months ago by terryshead
4.0 out of 5 stars Not All That Glitters
Speculators: good guys or scum? This story of a speculator's, Larry Livingston's, rise from naif speculator in bucket shops to centi-millionare on Wall Street might help you... Read more
Published 22 months ago by demola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, a must for any trader
I have read and reread this book many times. It should be on a recommended reading list for all investment banking interns, and financial news journalists.
Published on 6 April 2012 by AMCL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This one is a classic one in trading. I like it very much, because it's about one of the greatest legends of the wallstreet, Jesse Livermore. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by H. Siasi
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable....
this is a genuine classic of the trading world and should be on all investors/traders bookshelf. it tell's a an autobiographical account of jess livermoores career as a trader. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Gcrikey
5.0 out of 5 stars More Essential Reading
I can only echo much of what has already been written here in terms of the positive reviews.

This IS a five star book, and is required reading for any committed... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by PureSymmetry
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition, delivery slow
Book arrived in mint condition, must be new not nearly new as described, excellent. Ddeliery however was painfully slow, but it was over the Xmas period so maybe why.
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by rockstar
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