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If you wants lots of biographical detail...
on 14 February 2012
...this could be for you. The history of hedge funds is told through pocket biographies of the main players. Trouble is, they're not an especially interesting bunch: being clever, ambitious, tyrannical, even philosophical, and making huge sums of money is no guarantee that the reader will actually care what happens to them. They rise, the competition catches on, catches up and overtakes them, and so on.
I wanted to learn what hedge funds are, what is special about them, details beyond the headlines that either glorify or vilify. I must come clean, however, and admit that I did not finish the book. Maybe in the last half of the book Mallaby relates all I wanted to read.
Alas, I got bored and being boring is a fatal, and unforgivable, flaw in any book.