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The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60's

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The 1960s was one of Wall Street's most speculative eras. These were the years of growth and performance - of gunslingers, the youth revolution, mutual funds, new-issue stocks, creative accounting, Chinese money, and the conglomerates. In this tumultuous environment, the multitudes of small investors thrived and multiplied only later to diminish in the devastating market c ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 20th 1999 by Wiley (first published 1973)
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Chris Gondek
Nov 04, 2013 Chris Gondek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, finance
John Brooks was, quite simply, the best business writer this country has ever produced and I like "The Go-Go Years" even better than his most acclaimed book, "Once in Golconda". Telling the story of the boom and bust of Wall Street in the 1960's- a speculative cycle rarely talked about today- "The Go-Go Years" takes you back to a Wall Street that was shaking off the doldrums of the Eisenhower years and beginning to play with the fire of a speculative bull market. You'll meet an young Ross Perot ...more
AC
Oct 26, 2008 AC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: markets, 1968
A fabulous, almost novelistic treatment of the end of the 1960's go-go market -- a fascinating slice of history for those interested in the 1960's.
Scott
Oct 13, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it
Question: has anyone read a contemporary history book that is no longer contemporary?

I recently wrapped up "The Go-Go Years" by John Brooks, a look at the bull market of the 60s and subsequent crash in 1970. It's a jauntily written and entertaining read (and includes perhaps the best description of Ross Perot I've ever run across). If you have an interest in economics, the stock market or the 60s, I thoroughly recommend it. Bonus points if you want to compare to similar contemporary histories of
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Vitalijus Sostak
Oct 02, 2016 Vitalijus Sostak rated it it was ok
This book was written in early 70ies and while having better parts, feels inadequate in our days.
In financial history books I personally expect to read stories that are backed with plenty of facts, revealing exact cause/effect relationships (as being written in hindsight) and be entertaining, at least to some degree.
This book is mostly boring to read: little of financial/market background is presented, chapters are full of political side-stories and overall the purpose of the book seems to be mo
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Tirath
Sep 24, 2014 Tirath rated it liked it
I got this book because I wanted more knowledge on what happened in the 1960s with the US market - and what caused Buffett to close down his partnership and 'take a break' - instead what I got from this book was minutiae about certain episodes, societal norms and well, a lot of jibber jabber.

It's is, as it should be, extremely US-centric and one can easily get lost in the many words... good book - just not for me.
Tom
Jan 28, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to four and a half stars. A great guide to the first acts of many late 20th century finance's most interesting characters, including Edward M. Gilbert, Saul Steinberg and H. Ross Perot. Also works as a time capsule of the semi-liberal 1960's, when capitalism could try to have a conscience.
Brad Gillespie
May 22, 2015 Brad Gillespie rated it it was amazing
The Go-Go Years is a must read/listen for my financial friends. The historical aspects are in play today as they were then. On Warren Buffett's recommended reading list given out at this year's Berkshire Annual meeting I found it riveting, detailed, and useful. I highly recommend it!
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Elizabeth
Feb 16, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Covers some of the history of Wall Street.
Duff
Aug 02, 2008 Duff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An artfully written narrative of market behavior in the 1960s. Remarkably relevant today.
Stephen
Jun 01, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Brooks' writing style is wonderfully readable and engaging.
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John Brooks (1920–1993) was an award-winning writer best known for his contributions to the New Yorker as a financial journalist. He was also the author of ten nonfiction books on business and finance, a number of which were critically acclaimed works examining Wall Street and the corporate world. His books Once inGolconda, The Go-Go Years, and Business Adventures have endured as classics. Althoug ...more
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