While Niall Ferguson's book does present some interesting history on how a system of money and finance came into existence, it is probably something that could be better read in a condensed format somewhere else.
This book is peppered with self-aggrandizing comments, and "I-called-its", that makes it a bit tough to believe, and would probably work better in an informal personal blog than a formal history. It is true that no history is completely objective, but the author should at least have that intention.
As one final note the book lacks consistency. It jumps from one event to another with no set reason, and seems to accelerate to current times (1990-2008) and stay there for over half the book. Any explanations of financial products, like puts, options, swaps, bonds, etc...are not easy to understand, and might as well be left out.
In closing, save your credit and just google blogs on the financial crises, or finance history, you will find much the same material, and at least you will have visual aids.
This book is not the greatest biography, but does use Graham's own memoirs, and interviews of his children to give us insight into a man that contributed so much to finance and economics. Graham lived an amazing life going from riches to rags, then back to riches. He also had a diverse range of interests. Of course, most people know him as the mentor of Warren Buffett and for his investing prowess. Overall, it is a good listen if you are a fan, or curious, but not for casual interest.
Walter Dixon's read of this is slightly annoying. I am not sure why, but it is like he is trying too hard, or the whole narration does not seem natural. That said, it does get the book across which is the main point.
No, I would not recommend this story because it depressed me. It is so sad that it is actually annoying. If you like a kind of depressing soap drama story, then this book is for you. For me though, it was just depressing and did not interest me. That said, it is a good portrait of human nature, but again, a depressing one.
This is one of the best books I have read. Open, honest, and true. I have traded future, commodities, and general stocks. I can tell you I could relate a whole lot to this book.
Beyond trading, this is a great book for life and entrepreneurship in general. Do yourself a favor, and read it.
I read some reviews to the effect that this book was dark, and contains descriptions of many psychopathic crimes. I am the kind of person that wishes to avoid these topics, and if you are also such a person, I suggest that you do not read this book. Beyond that, the book was an easy read with no compelling central theme that leaves you feeling enlightened or somehow a wiser person. I resist calling it "fluff" or "inferior fiction", but it is not far from that. I will admit that it is a compelling mystery, but would recommend other books before this one.
I almost didn't download this selection seeing that some of the reviewers felt it was for a younger audience but I am glad that I did. For one thing, Ishiguro is a master of human emotion and interaction, he captures that perfectly. For another, Ishiguro has chosen a surprisingly modern and deep topic with important parallels to life today. This book was heartfelt, nostalgic, thoughtful, scientific, and intellectual. I thoroughly enjoyed it and strongly recommend it!
I was looking for a good work of fiction to listen to and feel refreshed, and Leaving Cheyenne was perfect. The narration is spot on, and the story is introspective, charming, and honest. This is one of those novels that you hate to hear end, and I found it hard to stop listening.
Worst audible book yet.
This book is like meeting someone at a dinner party who goes on and on about how they see the world, and you don't know how to stop them. Worst of all, you know what they are saying isn't quite right, or is quite trite.
The basic point of the book is a good one, however, you can get all you need by reading the summary.
The only redeeming feature of this work is to somehow believe that once traders had to draw their own charts by hand, and could not even think of the possibility of executing a trade within a second.
Wow, how did anyone do it?
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