Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader
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Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader

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"An excellent read."
--Ace Greenberg, Chairman, Bear StearnsRichard Smitten's Jesse Livermore is the first full biography of the legendary trader profiled in the bestselling "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" (Wiley: 0-471-05970-6). Although he died more than half a century ago, Livermore is considered by today's top traders as the greatest trader who ever lived. An enigma...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published October 15th 2001 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2000)
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Marco den Ouden
"The stock market is the world's biggest gold mine, a gold mine that opens its doors every day and invites anyone and everyone in to plumb its depths and leave with wheelbarrows full of gold bars, if they can!" That was Jesse Livermore telling his two sons about the stock market. And he knew because he had done it.

But he cautioned, "when the bell rings at the end of the day they have gone from pauper to prince... or gone stony broke." And he had done that too!

Jesse Livermore was known as the Boy...more
Sebbe P
Jun 09, 2013 Sebbe P rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Many people say that this book isn't that good compared to "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" by Edwin Lefèvre. So you all should know that I haven't read "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" before writing this review. But hopefully, I will read it sometime in the future...

The only reason I give this book 4 stars is because of Jesse Livermore. I love that Richard Smitten wrote it but it isn't his writing that made it so good, it's the story itself. So if Smitten was a perfect author with perfec...more
Franco Arda
Smitten's book is an excellent biography of Jesse Livermore with many details/stories that cannot be read in "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator". It gives a fantastic insight into JL's business, and more important, private life. While this biography covers some of JL's trading strategies, it goes more in other details of JL's exciting life. I still believe the "Reminiscences of a ..." is essential reading in understanding JL's trading life. The biography can never (and maybe should not) get into...more
Karin
I picked up this book and could not put it down and even stayed up late just to finish it. It is suprising this story hasn't been made into a major motion picture, as far as I know at least. The writing is mediocre but the story is remarkable. While it is about the world's greatest stock trader it is really a look into the life and mind of someone who is extraordinary at what he does and what made him great. I found the references to the people he knew-- J.P. Morgan, E.F. Hutton, and other famou...more
Jeff
This reads like a non-stop commercial for investing in stocks. There was but a little useful information in it.
Sue
Good overview of the life and investing philosophy of one of the pioneers of "techno-fundamentalist" stock trading.

The book would have been better served, though, by ending when Livermore shoots himself to death instead of rambling on about the disastrous lives of his ex-wife and son.
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