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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Annotated edition edition (12 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470481592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481592
  • ASIN: 0470481595
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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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..."
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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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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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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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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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I'd heard much hype about this book.. and indeed was going to buy it back in 2009, though never got round to it..
I finished it last week. Amazing book overall.

I found so many truths in markets and psychology of a trader today that were exactly the same 100 years ago, it really surprised me.
I really liked hearing out how Jesse would read the tape, and also about his problem of getting too big for the markets and finding it harder to move in and out, which meant he had to change his style.

If you are a trader I think you will definately enjoy reading this and the 100 year old writing will still confirm what you are experiencing today.

On the downside, the last 1/4 of book I found slower to read perhaps I was getting tired of the annotation.
[The annotations added to the original text, at best are very interesting as they literally give you a history lesson by explaining the the terms people used or the companies and people around in those days.. at worse they annoy you as they are literally on every page and sometimes I felt obliged to read them all and it distracted from the main text..] but still an amazing book.
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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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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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This book reads like an autobiography, the writer has supposedly written it from interviews that he conducted with Livermore. However, the style makes you feel like you are getting inside Livermore's head; some of the casual references and mannerisms would convince you that the book was actually written by the Livermore rather than someone else. That is perhaps one of the successes of this book. It is easy to read and I can't say that I found any passage to be excessively dull. Most of the material was definitely a page turner.

The book covers the expanse of Livermore's trading life, from his early days in the bucket shops to the stock brokers on Wall Street. It covers all his ups and downs as well as what he was thinking when he made certain trades. One of the most important things to take away is the battle with one's own psychology, and then of course figuring out how to react to other people's psychology. This is also true of Ben Graham's book The Intelligent Investor (Collins Business Essentials). Psychology is almost perhaps the most important factor for determining success or failure. Livermore understood this and used it to his advantage. Given that he made a lot then lost a lot, I fear that his risk management could not have been all that great. His great use of psychology seems to have been forgotten in certain circumstances.

The historical aspect is also an interesting part of this story. There are many similarities between the stock market of then and of now. There are also references to stock operators from the 1860s and 1870s. Somehow it feels surreal to think about stock operators living and working during those times.
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The book itself needs no further recommendation from me, it's an absolute classic and as relevant to day as when it was first published.

However, this annotated edition is really excellent in helping modern readers properly understand the period references and personalities. Markman's research is meticulous and his exposition crystal clear. I had already read the book, but cannot recommend this wonderfully presented and illustrated edition too highly.
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