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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator [Hardcover]

Paul Tudor Jones , Edwin Lefèvre , Jon D. Markman
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12 Jan 2010
With new commentary and Insights on the life and times of Jesse Livermore Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the fictionalized biography of perhaps the most famous financial speculator of all time–Jesse Livermore. This annotated edition bridges the gap between Edwin Lefevre′s fictionalized account of Livermore′s life and the actual, historical events, places, and people that populate the book. It also describes the variety of trading approaches Livermore used throughout his life and analyzes his psychological development as a trader and the lessons gained through hard experiences. Analyzes legendary trader Jesse Livermore′s strategies and explains how they can be used in today′s markets Provides factual details regarding the actual companies Livermore traded in and the people who helped/hindered him along the way Explains the structure and mechanics of the Livermore–era markets, including the bucket shops and the commodity exchanges Includes more than 100 pages of new material Reminiscences of a Stock Operator has endured over 70 years because traders and investors continue to find lessons from Livermore′s experiences that they can apply to their own trading. This annotated edition will continue the trend.

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Annotated Edition edition (12 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470481592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481592
  • ASIN: 0470481595
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...is big and beautiful, cutting across two centuries of booms and busts and market and economic history, with a myriad of vintage historical photos and instructive historical charts throughout." (Barron′s, November 1, 2010) "This is a wonderful classic for any investor or economic historian...the style is pacey, robust and humorous." (Professional Investor, October, 2010) "A 10 best finance book. Does the ongoing financial turmoil leave you scratching your head? Worry not, here′s our pick of the finest – and most readable – books about Big Money..." (The Independent)  

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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Annotated Edition brings the story of the great speculator Jesse Livermore to life like never before. One of the foremost investment classics of all time, the original edition of Reminiscences by Edwin Lefèvre has inspired countless investors and traders with its fictionalized account of Livermore′s legendary trading experiences. Now, in this meticulously researched Annotated Edition , Jon Markman reveals the truth about Jesse Livermore and provides colorful, historically accurate commentary on the characters, places, and events that have made Reminiscences such an enjoyable and educational read for generations. The real Jesse Livermore won and lost tens of millions of dollars playing the stock and commodities markets during the early 1900s, at one point making ten million dollars in one month of trading—an astronomical sum at the time. His ideas and keen analyses of market price movements are as useful today as they were when he was first developing them. Offering profound insights into the motivations, attitudes, fears, and aspirations shared by every investor and trader, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is among the most compelling and enduring books ever written on the markets. This Annotated Edition bridges the gap between Lefèvre′s fictionalized account of Livermore′s life and the actual exploits, personalities, and locations that populate the book. Side–by–side with the original text is Markman′s commentary about the historical setting and the real companies, individuals, and news events to which Lefèvre alludes. Readers will learn all about bucket shops—unsavory relics of the investment world that gave Livermore his first taste of trading. They′ll also learn how fierce public debates over gold and silver roiled the politics and markets of the time; how presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan incited a financial panic in 1896; how World War I created a boom followed by a harsh recession; and how ambitious tycoons built fortunes from scratch and drove rivals to ruin by cornering stocks and through other now–illegal manipulations. And they′ll learn about important but forgotten figures briefly mentioned or disguised via pseudonyms in the text, such as broker E.F. Hutton, who gave Livermore a $500 loan when the trader was down on his luck, as well as legendary financiers like E.H. Harriman, John Gates, James Hill, James Keene, and Cornelius Vanderbilt as well as daring rogues like Daniel Drew and Jay Gould. Engaging and informative, the Annotated Edition of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator provides a rich and colorful portrait of a volatile era in U.S. financial markets that in many ways parallels the crisis–prone twenty–first century. At the same time, Markman extracts the timeless insights and wisdom from one of the world′s greatest traders and shows how they can be applied to understand and profit in today′s markets. Longtime fans of the book will understand Reminiscences in an entirely fresh way, while new readers will enjoy a much richer experience than ever before possible.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of hidden gems 4 Jan 2011
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I have read an earlier copy and listened to the audiobook, so why did I buy this? This single book has had one of the biggest influences on my successful private investing career so far. Apart from The Intelligent Investor there has been no bigger influence. If you have never read this book before, then do yourself a favour and buy it. If you read this and don't agree then read it again as you have missed its message. I find the longer people have been investing and trading the more they appreciate this fantastic book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Gcrikey
Format:Hardcover
those of you who are into strict fundamental analysis will despise this book about trading, as jesse livermore breaks all of your rules. anyone who is involved in trading/wants to learn more about trading - then this is a great place to start.

i dont want to ruin the book, but it covers the biography of jesse from his early start in trading onwards. the reason why i like this book because the advice he gives is valuable in all walks of life - don't punish yourself from your losses, stay calm, make decisions from your own thinking - not from others input etc.

a very good read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Step Back In History 28 Aug 2011
By Harry
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This book is illustrated beautifully and the true story really takes you back to another era. What is really incredible is that very little has changed in terms of market behaviour. This is a good read for anyone who wants to learn some of the psychology to trading. You will assimilate this over the course of the book. It's a very pleasant read and inspires you to be a better trader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscences of a stock operator 26 Jun 2012
By Andy B
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An absolutely brilliant review of how to view and deal with the stock market. Nothing has changed with the markets in 100 years except their size and speed of operation. This book is as relevant today as when it first appeared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for your stocks toolkit 28 Feb 2012
By Paul
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Enjoyable read filled with real life examples of how to make money in the markets like the pros. Don't be shy give it a try or too late shall be the cry!

Also serves as a compelling account of the stockmarket in the early years. Perfect for history buffs.
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