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Product details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (8 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394721039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394721033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a modern classic." --Paul A. Samuelson, First American Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
"The best book there is about the stock market and all that goes with it." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Anyone whose orientation is toward where the action is, where the happenings happen, should buy a copy of The Money Game and read it with due diligence." --"Book World"
" 'Adam Smith' is a veteran observer and commentator on the events and people of Wall Street.... His thorough knowledge of financial affairs gives his observations a great degree of authenticity. But the joy of reading this book comes from his delightful sense of humor. He is a lively and ingeniously witty writer who never stoops to acerbity. None of the solemn, sacred cows of Wall Street escapes debunking." --"Library Journal"

"This is a modern classic." Paul A. Samuelson, First American Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
"The best book there is about the stock market and all that goes with it." The New York Times Book Review
"Anyone whose orientation is toward where the action is, where the happenings happen, should buy a copy of The Money Game and read it with due diligence." Book World
" 'Adam Smith' is a veteran observer and commentator on the events and people of Wall Street.... His thorough knowledge of financial affairs gives his observations a great degree of authenticity. But the joy of reading this book comes from his delightful sense of humor. He is a lively and ingeniously witty writer who never stoops to acerbity. None of the solemn, sacred cows of Wall Street escapes debunking." Library Journal"

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"The Money Game, written by one who signs himself 'Adam Smith' (and who some believe is Harvard-and-Oxford-trained George J. W. Goodman), is a modern-day classic. Like many modern paintings, the book looks simple. But as W. Somerset Maugham said about an unforgettable Mondrian abstraction: 'It looks as though you had only to take a ruler, a tube of black paint and a tube of red, and you could do the thing yourself. Try!' " Professor Paul A. Samuelson, First American Nobel Prize Winner in Economics.
"Everyone who is anyone in U.S. investment already knows about 'Adam Smith, ' " wrote Newsweek. 'Adam Smith' is also the author of Supermoney and Powers of Mind."


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This was the first book that I ever read about he financial markets, and I was immediately hooked. Psychology clearly rules the day, and Adam Smith's examples are remarkably funny. The excesses he identified in the 1960s seemed to have returned in only slightly updated form in the late 1990s. If you did not see the last big market top, you owe it to yourself to read this book. If you are an entrepreneur, you will love the part about being a public company. He says that this is like being your own country, because you can print your own money whenever you need more (by selling your stock to the public). And you know, he's right. All the Internet entrepreneurs seem to understand that point. CAVEAT EMPTOR. If you like this book as much as I did, perhaps it will help you identify a stimulating and rewarding career as it did for me.
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Written in the late sixties the book reflects its times in the boardrooms and trader pits of Wallstreet. Condesending toward women, hostile to ethnics and gays the book shows a somewhat rough hewn side of the men in the grey flannel suites. The game of generating money from speculation, mass physiology buttressed by modern economic techniques and monatorist policies could be taken from todays headlines. A very entertaining and informative book both from a historical and investing perspective
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This book is about Wall Street, with stories about various people in the market. It has lots of humour in it. Lots of wisdom too. Well worth a read if you are interested in the stock market and Wall Street.

I found this book thanks to:

"The 10 Best Books Ever Written on Investment, by Richard Lambert, former editor of the Financial Times".
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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2015
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Forty-plus years on and still this book can be capable of making the reader smile and despair at the same time. Just like on the small screen, now this classic has been rereleased for the benefit of a new set of readers.

There is little point reviving the plot, it is quite simple. The author takes a rather close eye at the world of Wall Street and considers how stock markets work. This was written, perhaps, in a slightly more innocent time, when the word of a trader was his bond and we did not have the “benefit” of high speed margin trading and other technological manipulations. Although, of course, manipulations happened then too.

It need not be something consigned to the “history” shelf either, as many of the same drivers, market movers, psychological traits, nervous ticks and other factors that helped make, move or shake the market remain current today. The packaging might be different, the pace a little racier and we have more toys at our disposal but nonetheless...

It is a light-hearted romp through Wall Street with a serious gaze, becoming something different for everybody whilst being one of those books you probably should have read at least once if you have an interest in investing and investments. It is more readable and incisive than many of the so-called classic “must reads” of today that either jump the shark or act as a synonym for turgidity.

Buying it won’t, err, break the bank. Making duff investments can though. Don’t worry, if you end up owing enough, you’ll probably get a bailout. Bankruptcy is only for the little people who are not too big to fail. Having “connections” helps.
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It's funny. It's dated. It's relevant. It's about you. It's about "They". It's full of stories and anecdotes and the low down on brokers, portfolio managers, analysts, accountants and quants (yes even in the 60s). The only bug bear was the small type.
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In some ways this book feels very dated, and in others it's entirely contemporary. In the markets, the fads and the trading technology will evolve, but the delusions of the losers remain the same.

It was written semi-anonymously over 10 years through to the mid-70s (revisions) and is fun-to-read.
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