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Money Mavericks: Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager (Financial Times Series)
Money Mavericks: Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager (Financial Times Series)
by Lars Kroijer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent If You want A Good Primer On The Inner-Workings Of Hedge Funds, 31 Aug 2012
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Seeing As this book has so many positive reviews, I will make this review bit less detailed than usual. Instead i'll just contribute to the positivity.

Now first of all, this book is great. It's written by former hedge fund manager Lars Kroijer. Lars starts off by exposing some of the popular myths in the hedge fund industry, the whole glamorous appeal of it all is nothing more than a gross oversimplification society has placed on it, Much like the situation in china. Lars walks you through his life from the genesis of it all to the hedge fund industry. He shows you the kind of child he was, the family he came from and why he decided to go to school to study the land of investing. This book should be read by anyone who is strongly considering going into the hedge fund industry, it shows you that it's not rosy place at all. And how brutal and unreasonable the clients can be. Lars walks us through the journey from the idea to the fruition of it all.

And we all know there are alot of people who tend to harbour the notion that hedge fund managers or people in finance or the business world don't work hard at all. those poeple would probably change their mind after reading this book. Lars shows you the hardships of making it. Just how hard one must work for the idea to actually become a reality, all the people involved, All the meetings, All the people overlooking him because as we all know people like to pay attention to the size of the man rather than the size of the plan. A quality I despise in people, People seem to forget that very often even the most successful of us came from nothing at all. I found that me and Lars had allot in common. And I think any successful person who has made it or are still making it on their own will also relate

The Verdict:
Very good book on the inner clockwork of the hedge fund industry, reveals alot of notions society has placed on the industry as myths. And shows you how hard one must push to accomplish the goal

Physical Quality:
The book was published by FT Publishing International and the quality of the book in it's entirety is impeccable. This the best if not then surely one of the most high quality paperbacks I own.

Thanks for reading my review, hope I was of some help. check out my other reviews if you like this one

"Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com"


Cracking the Code: Understand and Profit from the Biotech Revolution That Will Transform Our Lives and Generate Fortunes
Cracking the Code: Understand and Profit from the Biotech Revolution That Will Transform Our Lives and Generate Fortunes
by Jim Mellon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book On The Future Of Bio-Pharma And Other Things, 31 Aug 2012
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This is yet another good book in the futurology department. The authors start off letting you know that they have no official qualifications to be speaking on the topic of medical science and so fort. But then go on to reveal a good reason why you should listen to them nevertheless. They show you that they are extremely well read and learnt in this area, they have visited over 100 companies and talked to allot of scientist. They have read hundreds of articles, and books on the topic. It would seem that The authors Jim Mellon and Al Chalabi are truly autodidacts of the finest quality. It really shows later in their writing just how much they know on the topic

Now on the actual content of the book. The first half of the book gets rather scientific. Jim and Al explain to you the basic building blocks of life and how diseases is caused and so fort. They explain thins like what DNA is, what an element is and how it is defined. Some people (such as the science-phobes) may not particularly enjoy this section at all, but the authors really did it so that we could better understand. The way in which they wrote was also quite simple to grasp. I myself am a huge science fan, So I quite enjoyed it. But as I said, other investors may find this to be a bit of a turn of. The good news is that in my opinion, this was not absolutely necessary for you to understand the market. It would definitely give you some significant edge as an investor, but if you really can't stomach science then there is still much to be gained from this book by just skipping the first half and going directly into the investment situations that arise. The second half of the books is where they talk about the increase in health care leading to a uneven ratio of the elderly to the young and the disasters and changes in society it can lead to. They then recommend some remedies government should be considering and also companies you should pay attention to. They then wrap everything up with a summary at the end. It was quite a good book

The Verdict:
Very good book on the likely future of the investment landscape. The first half is gets more into explaining the mechanics of the medicine but then you get into the ways in which you can make money as an investor. I recommend purchasing

Physical Quality:
Very good quality all in all. the pages, the cover and the hardback are very good

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Broken Markets: A User's Guide to the Post-Finance Economy
Broken Markets: A User's Guide to the Post-Finance Economy
by Kevin Mellyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writing Not Compatible With Laymans. And Overall Message Was Generic, 31 Aug 2012
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Now I was rather excited for this book, after reading it's claims. But as soon As I got to reading it, I soon found out it was stuffed with a bunch of "Intellectual Diarrhoea" . At first I thought it was fine, but the book carries on like this throughout the whole journey. Kevin Would constantly talk outside the level of the typical layman by using fancy financial wording and even historical financial events and other things with no explanation. as if he assumed the reader would know all of this stuff. Now speaking based off every day interactions with the average joe I would doubt most laymans even know the role of a central bank to an economy and even the difference between fiscal and monetary policy/ Now this is fine with some books, God knows i've read some pretty intensive intellectual books, but if you take a look at the blurb, he clearly states that the target audience for this book is the "Intelligent layman". The burp would say things like "Impress your friends with your friends and family with your new financial insight" Now even the most intelligent layman would have a hard time weeding through this book

But I would argue that this book is not compatible with the audience he is targeting, the language in which he writes is not universally accessible. You will indeed have allot of "Let me look this up" moments And I mean allot! Perhaps some readers would appreciate this by seeing this in a way that pushes them to learn new things. But other readers may not take it the same way, other readers may prefer for the information to already to be in the book with light but healthy amount of personal research required

this book will result

The Verdict:
The book makes the same points other books do in this category, but with alot more unnecessarily abstruse wording.If you are the type of layman who cannot explain things like the role of central banking, the way GDP is calculated, the difference between nominal and real GDP then will be spending an awful amount of time on search engines. My reccomendation is to not buy this, Try another book such as "End Game" by maudlin, you can see my review on that aswell

Physical Quality:
The Book is produced by Apress, I found the quality of the book slightly poorer than usual. The quality of the cover looked half-attempted, the pages were ok. And the ink used was slightly less than usual. This is my first book from Apress, and I must say that I am not pleased on the physical Quality of it

Hoped my review was of some help


64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then: How to Face the Digital Future without Fear
64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then: How to Face the Digital Future without Fear
by Ben Hammersley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Futurology Book, If You Have The Means Pick One Up, 5 July 2012
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Now lets see here...I've read quite a few books in the futurology department, most of which are extremely similar, in fact you can find little difference in all of them, it's almost as if once you read one, you've read them all" Most of them speak either of Renewable energy or the earth's depleting water sources. But this book is allot different, I learnt a great deal of things from this. It covers multiple areas, such as technology, politics, society. I found myself taking time to digest the though provoking topics and thinking for at least 10 minutes after reading just 3 pages sometimes. I really got to say, this book was good times. Definitely an enjoyable Read!

While i have very few problems with this book, i'll take this paragraph to address them. For one this book is in the business section, but not all the topics seem to have a serious implication on businesses in the future. And I think it would've been allot more suiting if Ben made an effort to put a concluding paragraph on each topic stating what these things may mean for business across the world. But hey, I guess one has to think for themselves here. Secondly not all of these things seem to be definitely comming, some of them are in infant stages and chances for many of them devloping further may be slim. And thirdly some of these topics are to closely correlated, someitmes it felt like i was reading an extension of a previous chapter. But perhaps that was his intent. But overall please do not let that discourage you. I think this would make an excellent book for your night-stand, you may find that not all of these things are news to you, but still worth a read for the few little things you do learn

The Verdict:
Very good futurology, in terms of being different, this book was very refreshing. And as with all books there are slight problems. but nothing too serious. Am sure glad i picked it up

Physical Quality:
The book is published by Hodder & Stoughton. I bought the hardcover version, The hardback is strong but the quality of the jacket could be imrpoved. The text is of decent standard.

Hoped my review was of some help, email me if you'd like a chat "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com"
Ken James
Lodnon Based Capitalist


The End Game: The End of the Debt SuperCycle and How It Changes Everything
The End Game: The End of the Debt SuperCycle and How It Changes Everything
by John Mauldin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.72

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com" Decent Teachings On The landscape Of The Crisis And Potential Post Crisis Scenarios, 3 July 2012
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As i'm sure everyone here reading this knows, there has been allot of pessimist running around preaching their "End of the world" sermons. I for one, do not trust the intelligence of people who just read any random articles they can find on the internet that caters to their belief systems.People don't verify their information when they learn it, a much needed habit that we should have in our society of today. Especially since this is the information age. I wanted an unbiased opinion, from some people with a comprehensive and credible understanding, and although the authors are optimists I would say that they did give a fairly decent and unbiased opinion on what's to come

The Author's sure do know what there talking about. But I do have some (two) quarrels with this book. For one the pacing was rather to slow. I found my self with a pinch full of pages (about 50-70) and all I managed to learn was that "The US is coming to an end of the debt supercycle, the deleveraging will be painful. some countries (i.e.Greece) will be in much worse shape than others. I'm certain that the information could have been sufficiently condensed down to much less pages without being difficult to comprehend. And secondly, my discontent has to do with the fact that this book felt completely derivative to me, completely derivative of other's work that is. I really disliked the constant referencing, I don't have a problem with a little referencing here and there, in fact I welcome it, but this book was going a bit overboard in my opinion. But I guess that may not bother other readers

Verdict:
If you do not have any respectable understanding of how this current economic crisis may unfold, then this book shall serve well. I disliked the pacing and constant referencing, but still i recommend you pick this up.

Physical Quality:
The book is published by Wiley who have a good history of producing strong books. The hardback is strong, the jacket is decent. And the text is of fair size.


Milton Friedman (Harriman Economic Essentials)
Milton Friedman (Harriman Economic Essentials)
by Eamonn Butler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com" Excellent Introduction To The Work Of A Legendary Economist, 3 July 2012
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Recently, I've been having an intense craving to learn the mechanics of economics. I've recently herd of a fellow called Milton Friedman and how great of an economist he was, so I looked into him and his views. I agreed with alot of his material. He seemed suitable enough to learn from, so I decided on learning the basics from him first

This book was a great introduction to who he was. Eamonn, the author walks us through the career of this man right from the ground up. I learnt all sorts of things, such as why he studied economics in particular, his early work, who he was friends with, papers he wrote and so fort. but my favourite thing about this book is how concise it is. Eamonn is a pro at keeping the pace moving along smoothly. The book is barely repetitive, something most authors seem to can't refrain from doing...it made me think about things in a different way and altered many of my view points on certain topics. So if you're a novice, or even have a strong working knowledge of economics and want to learn the work of milton friedman. Then i think this book is well deserved

The verdict:
Very robust and concise book addressing the works of Friedman, very suitable for the layman and advanced learners

Physical Quality:
The book is published by harriman house. The quality is extremely good, the text is rich. It is indeed one of the best paperbacks i own in terms of physical quality
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Building the Ultimate Network
Building the Ultimate Network
by Ivan Misner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com" Poor Book, Nothing Ground Breaking, Extremely Common Sense, 1 July 2012
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Let me start of by saying that this review will be slightly rant orientated, So a wordy review it shall be.

Reading the description of this book I sure thought i was going to be in for a world for wonders, however that was a colossal mistake. The description of this book states that there are a ton of hidden gems and so called "secrets" to learn. And I must concede that I did pick up a few tips (perhaps 5), but I barely learnt anything. The book was a huge disappointment, there are similar books for around the same price that pack allot more punch. (i.e. FT Guide to Business Networking)

I found myself wanting to pull my hair out my head as I kept reading each page hoping to learn something truly thought provoking. This was my first book on the art of networking, so the fact that i didn't learn much is saying allot about this. Not only is this book extremely common sense, but the material is highly repetitive. if I had 500 for everything i herd "Be confident, people like confidence" I would be on the Forbes 400 yesterday. The book features about 25+ authors or so. A few of them have something that intrigued me such as Dr ivan, he and a few others are why this book managed to get a 2 but the rest of them just weren't up to the job. I would say that this book is definitely designed in the fashion of quantity over quality, I would have preferred it if Dr Ivan wrote the entire book himself.

I do feel like i have been ripped off, in my humble opinion this book was not worth the price i paid for it. The content is child's-play and I could find the principles on-line with a few Google searches.But on the plus side, the book is written in an extremely simple to understand style. and presented in a clear and jolly font

The Verdict:
Terrible book, extremely simplistic principle that you could come up with on your own. Nothing out of the ordinary here

Physical Quality:
The hardback feels decent, the jacket is decent. But throughout the entire book, the ink was fading towards the middle of the page. nothing too bad, but still it's a significant fade that you don't usually see in books that will notice right away

Thanks allot for reading my review!


How to Start Your Own Business for Entrepreneurs
How to Start Your Own Business for Entrepreneurs
by Robert Ashton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Articulated And Very Concise - "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com", 28 May 2012
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I decided to read this book to sharpen my skills as a business man even more. I wanted to know the full walk through of what it was to go from idea to launch, And I have to say, Rob really came through in this book. First of all his writing style is very welcoming and easy on the eyes. There are lots of opportunities in this book to read a paragraph or two and then take a break to mentally consume what you've just read. A task that many books fail to do, But that's all relative to the person reading I suppose, I for one am very fond of it

Secondly, the quality of the information is very well condensed, He manages to make his point in short paragraphs without compromising on quality, yep it is quick and concise read indeed. Then he has some "extras" such as "Questions and Answers" to compliment the information, so that the topic is even better comprehended. The Book teaches you both the technical details of launching a new business and some philosophy to go along with it.

Verdict:
The book is quality extremely and well condensed so that you get the point quick.

Physical Quality:
If you read my reviews you should know that I rarely let the physical quality interfere with my overall rating for a book. and this book is no exception. But i still must go on to say that while the paperback is strong, the spine tends to be to tight, so it could add slight strain on your fingers as you use one hand to keep the book open. Also the words tend to go right into the middle of the book, which makes it a bit more difficult to read. This book should have gone to a better publisher that could do this fine piece of work more justice

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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.74

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair Lessons, But Good If You Haven't Read Much Books On Running A Company "MoneyMavericks92@Gmail.com", 25 May 2012
This book is a fairly decent fable on running a business. Patrick builds up the story about two rival companies, but despite being rivals, one outperforms the other constantly. Patrick starts the story by describing each firm and the internal clockwork that keeps them running. He then goes on to describe the rival company that's constantly outperforming the other. which all boils down to 4 disciplines on a yellow sheet of paper, but we don't get to find out until the end of the story. And that's when it gets really good

The 4 disciplines turn out to be simple, yet powerful things. and if we as CEOs can incorporate this behaviour in our firms, then we would be winning too. Well once the other firm isn't doing this... also i must mention that Patrick has one of the best writing styles i have ever seen, i felt fairly relaxed as i relished the jolly welcoming font he used in this book, i liked how he broke up the paragraphs so that you felt as if you could take a breather to think about what he said for a few mins or more, and then get back into it. As opposed to other books that have a tendency to let their paragraphs lead onto 4 pages or more. I'll be the first to tell you i haven't read a million books as i've seen other do but I have read 70 books+ so i feel i'm fairly qualified to say such a thing.

Verdit:
If you're new to "how to run a corporation" type books, this will be really beneficial to you, on the other hand. if you're fairly learnt in this area, then it will probably serve as an enjoyable fable that you managed to pick up some decent tips from

Physical Quality:
This hard cover is strong, the title cover material is of respectable calibre

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The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant When The World is Changing
The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant When The World is Changing
by Saul Kaplan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Concepts But Needs Better Writing "Moneymavericks92@Gmail.com", 25 May 2012
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Saul starts out by telling you a bit about himself, and how much he is inlove with the concept of innovation. he makes it clear that he's a very learnt man in the area. so you really get the feeling that you can trust his intelligence. This is my first book on the art of innovation, so this review might not benefit the veterans of innovation

This book has some pretty interesting concepts, so much so that i'm quite glad that i didn't miss out on it. I really mean that. He states some concepts that make me the reader go "oooo that's interesting, That's a good point!" But they are a few problems i have with this book, for one saul tends to be highly repetitive in this book, i often find my self wondering if i even turned the page. that's how repetitive the writing is, right from the beginning to the end, he makes the same point over and over and over again, saul may have done this to drum the point into your head. but i found it rather frustrating as i journeyed my way through the book. And secondly, many time in the book his writing becomes unclear, as if to say he's writing in a language that only he or people in his environment can understand. Saul needs make his writing more clear, more universally accessible. A good author can make any man see where he's coming from

The Verdict:
The concepts in this book are unforgettable and are not something that innovators should even think about ignoring! but the book is rather repetitive and unclear

Physical Quality:
We all know Wiley makes respectable books. the hard back is decent, but the cover sheet is almost flimsy looking, overall nothing that bad

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