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Publisher's Summary

Rare is the opportunity to chat with a legendary figure and hear the unvarnished truth about what really goes on behind the scenes. Step inside the world of Wall Street with Barton Biggs as he discusses investing in general, hedge funds in particular, and how he has learned to find and profit from the best moneymaking opportunities in an eat-what-you-kill, cutthroat investment world.
©2005 Barton Biggs; (P)2006 Penton Overseas, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"...an intelligent book on a serious subject that is also a joy to read." (Professional Investor)
"...evokes the 'agony and ecstasy' of the frenetic and highly competitive world of hedge funds...funny and sobering" (The Mail on Sunday)
"...a reassuring tale for ordinary mortals..." (Financial World)

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  • Phil O.
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 02-08-13

This abridgement is too much

Looking at the actual book (on amazon.com "look inside" feature) and reading the reviews there shows an essentially different book, much larger, deeper in content and wider-ranging. What I heard here was only a small fraction of that book. I wonder, what is the motivation to do this?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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HedgeHotDogging

Hedgehogging has a intriguing title, but does not deliver either as an educational book about hedge funds, or as a series of anecdotes. It consists of some disjointed stories of hedge investing, but does not take the time to explain the terms or theory behind these investments. While there are some nuggets of useful investment advice, the tone of the narrator makes it sound as if the author's main goal was to impress the reader with his intelligence, not to educate or entertain. This narration style may be true to the author, but it made me feel like I was trapped at dinner with with an annoying self-important host.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • 09-28-07

Don't waste your tiime

Spend your 4 hours listening to something else. There is nothing much here of interest.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Uninteresting & poorly written

What disappointed you about Hedgehogging?

If you're looking to get an inside glimpse into the world of hedge funds, look elsewhere. This book is more a composition of random thoughts than either something insightful or informative or a thoughtful narrative.

What was most disappointing about Barton Biggs’s story?

If you're looking to get an inside glimpse into the world of hedge funds, look elsewhere. This book is more a composition of random thoughts than either something insightful or informative or a thoughtful narrative.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money.

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  • Ben
  • Portland, ME, United States
  • 09-25-12

Great read!

Would you listen to Hedgehogging again? Why?

Yes - Well written/read

What did you like best about this story?

Compelling

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

Tone - Humor

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

No - I do not have any additional comments.

  • Overall

Good read for retail investors

As many retail investors believe that banks and mutual funds buy and sell stocks
only, so this leaves a gap in their understanding of market dynamics
such as a Flash Crash.

How could a thing like that happen?
Run a half trillion dollars short with options, futures, 3x ETF's and you have the Dow Jones
down 100 points in 20 minutes.


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  • Kevin
  • san diego, CA, USA
  • 11-01-07

Uninsightful

Trite and generic. I wanted to hear about the technical issues however, the author spends the entire time discussing how rich and interesting fund raising dinner parties are and all the eccentric personalities in the industry. What a soap opera waste of a book.

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  • Jo389
  • 03-27-16

doesn't work on audio

the abridged version is aweful. early on in the audio it feels as if the stories are cut short, then later on the audio book contradicts itself within 5 minutes (growth v value section) I can only assume there is more information within the source text, and the person responsible for abridging it simply didn't understand the content.