The Soros Lectures: At the Central European University
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The Soros Lectures: At the Central European University

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Five lectures George Soros recently delivered at the Central European University in Budapest - which he founded in 1991 - distill a lifetime of thinking on finance, capitalism and open society In a series of lectures delivered at the Central European University in October 2009, George Soros provided a broad overview of his thoughts on economics and politics. The lectures a...more
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Published February 9th 2010 by PublicAffairs (first published 2010)
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Sam
Let me explain my understanding of The reflexivity concept by the fable that I learned when I was young. This is not Soro's story:

There's a family have a leopard as a pet in a village in Africa. The leopard is nice and plays with kids. The family has an enemy in another village, so the father decided to send the leopard to kill his enemy. The leopard carried the mission and when it back home, he killed the family too.

Soros suggested that people has "fallibility" because we never able to observe...more
Brian Godsey
Six stars, if that were possible.

In 120 pages, this book managed to state most of my own theories about finance and political economy not held by the general public---markets are nowhere near efficient, financial bubbles are followed by irrational over-corrections, most people vote immorally to improve their own interests instead of for fairness or common good, the "invisible hand" exists but is not alone---and then takes all of the ideas several steps further, explaining how they work, what can...more
Mark
In a nutshell, Soros grants a succinct treatment on his personal perception towards the dynamics and operating basis of the financial markets and it's individual participants - in what is known as his theory of reflexivity.

He goes on to highlight his personal views (which in and of itself holds a certain volume of truth) on how the current operating philosophy, the preponderant consensus on modern market belief brought on by prolific lobbying and widespread propaganda, is inherently flawed and w...more
Franklin
This book is very interesting because is covers a wide variety of disciplines, from philosophy to economics to politics. Soros is no doubt a smart guy who's really thought through financial markets as well as his own theories.

There was one point in the book where he went all "Spiderman" and mentioned how with great power and money comes great responsibility or something like that. While I agree that he's done some great things for great causes with his wealth and power, he was all about insider...more
Emil Emilov
Interesting ideas although I do not agree fully with everything he says. The ideas of reflexive reactions and the erroneous character of human behavior suits my life philosophy and I find them useful.
Kanti Brahma
The Soros Lectures blend the financial crises with philosophy. The concepts are simple and appeals your intellect. However, the reader requires to connect the dots with precision...otherwise there is fear of getting lost in the abstract parts of the lectures. A good read- provides logical insight into financial markets and open society. Clarifies how markets, open societies and politics get manipulated. The lectures concludes with some suggestions which needs further sharpening.

If you want to w...more
Murciaspain
George soros has a Non unique view of economy. He simply wants to get richer. No secret about it .warren buffet wants to get richer too but he stresses in a fair playing field
Soros thinks that we need to take advantage of Any playing field If we see a hole we take advantage. Warren tries to close the holes. I read both and both have served me well. I'm a little fish in a little pond but a fat fish
Daniel
It was okay. The first chapter dealt with some mistakes people make when investing - mainly following the crowd. The rest was more about Soros' philosophical view of having Open Society (Sounds like a mix of democracy and socialism)
Jennifer W.
Although I disagree with George Soros on a number of things, he summarized his philosophy well in this book. If you want a quick overview of Soros's beliefs in his own words, this is a wonderful book.
Niran Pravithana
หนังสือของโซรอสทุกเล่มมีคาแรกเตอร์เดียวกันหมด คือ กรูเขียนเพราะกรูอยากเขียน เมิงจะอ่านเข้าใจหรือไม่ก็เรื่องของเมิง
เนื้อหาดีหรือไม่ สรุปไม่ได้ เพราะเข้าใจยากจนไม่แน่ใจว่าสิ่งที่เข้าใจนั้นถูกต้องหรือเปล่า
Marco
Interesting book,quite insightfull many time and forword looking tought narrow minded on some sentences.
A good point of view to start to reflect on the econoic crisis anyway.
Jiwa Rasa
Rupanya George Soros pernah jadi murid Karl Popper dan ceramahnya bercerita tentang Open Society!
Tom
Superb. Some of the finest economic thinking since F A Hayek's The Chains of Serfdom
Bruce Jones
A clear exposition of Soro's ideas and philosophy. A very interesting man.
Shee Tsim Nam
theory not entirely well formulated.
Chet
Great insights.
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George Soros is a Hungarian-American financier, businessman and notable philanthropist focused on supporting liberal ideals and causes. He became known as "the Man Who Broke the Bank of England" after he made a reported $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crises. Soros correctly speculated that the British government would have to devalue the pound sterling.

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