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The Einstein of Money: The Life and Timeless Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham Hardcover – 24 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Joe Carlen is the cofounder and lead market analyst at Know Thy Market, LLC. He is the coauthor (with Banana Boat® founder Robert Bell) of the business biography From Lifeguard to Sun King, which was included on the Wall Street Journal business book bestseller list.
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Reading this book was truly revelatory for me, changing my attitude towards investment - and even motivating me to make value investing the core of my approach to financial planning. It turns out I'm in good company, as Warren Buffett was a personal friend of Graham and uses modified value investment theory in his own approach.
The book is primarily a bio of British-born Graham, who was a truly astonishing individual. A financial crisis affecting the family led to young Graham being encouraged to get out and support his mother and siblings. He ended up at Columbia,and while still a student was offered faculty positions in maths, philosophy and English. A chance encounter led to his applying his extraordinary mind to the concept of investment, and developing Value Investing.
The author does an excellent job of weaving in the personal story of Graham with the ideas that made him a Wall St legend, and which are still relevant today. The result is effectively two books in one: a bio of the man and a guide to his investment principles (including worked examples). While the writing style is sometimes a tad florid, especially in the beginning, the author's ability to corral so many different strands into a coherent whole is impressive indeed.
One of the most enjoyable AND informative books I've read in many years.
I found this biography well written and interesting, and I read its over 300 pages in a few days.
What I would have liked to read, was more about the Genesis of his ideas, where they came from, and why, and the reactions to them by Wall Street and his colleagues.
Overall, a good introduction to Benjamin Graham.
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I knew he was a great investor and mentor for Warren Buffett now I know that he was also a great man. It's too bad that Wall Street doesn't practice the ethics and honesty of Ben Grahm today.