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Depression, Oil Trading & a Mind at War with Itself

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From a largely joyless childhood in the UK, Jonathan shares his troubled family life, with an alcoholic father and domineering mother, through the school and college years and to the present day. He chronicles his agonizing struggles with severe depression and anxiety that caused massive marital strife with his two American wives plus career upheaval, almost resulting in s ...more
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Published April 21st 2016 by Chipmunka Publishing
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Jonathan Ford
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A truly fascinating yet heart-breaking memoir that reads like a novel. Jonathan sets the stage for his mental make-up throughout his childhood in the UK and College years at Oxford, sprinkled with some very interesting and often amusing anecdotes. Once in London he embarked upon his career as an oil trader for which his depression inflicted mind could not be more poorly suited. His massive struggles and torment really commenced once he moved to Houston and entered the first of two tumultuous mar ...more
Neil
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I decided upon this book as I wished to gain a greater insight into the physical side of oil trading rather than the purely "futures/derivatives" aspect. Having embarked upon a recent career change from trading derivatives to sports coaching myself I was also interested in the psychological side that Jonathan Ford clearly refers to in the title! I was not disappointed. Perhaps naively until reading this book I had thought it was only the screen based trading of oil derivatives that were subject ...more
Joy Pauline Richardson
It is difficult for those who publish their own memoirs to escape the imputation of vanity. I offer here the history of neither a saint, a hero, nor a tyrant. –Esquiano

Jonathan Ford is a nice man, I have gotten to know him online. However, I had difficulty reading his book. Perhaps it touches too much on some of the issues that have made my married life painful. For Jonathan Ford, a series of bad investments made him ‘lose everything’, even though he has a friend paying for him to live in a to
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Laura Marchildon
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Depression, Oil Trading, & A Mind at War With Itself”, by Jonathon Ford is a VERY unexpected candidly written story of the author’s life.
With blatant honesty, Jonathon Ford illustrates his own personal struggles, his marriages, and his frantic career in the oil trading industry, very similar to the rat-race of the New York Stock Exchange.
This book is a “no holds barred” when it comes it comes to details. Jonathon Ford manages to clearly capture over 25 years of his life while his mental illne
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Lynn
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look into the mind of a trader and his fight with depression. Mr. Ford is a gifted story teller who writes detailed prose with wit and energy. It was a very quick read and much better than some of the other books out there that try to delve into oil trading. What I especially appreciated was that he named names and didn't pull any punches. While the title evokes a bit of sadness (where do certainly feel the author's melancholy), it was a very humorous book with several laugh out lo ...more
Elena Grebennikova
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly sincere autobiography, vividly picturing the hardships of living with chronic mental illness, the peculiarities of oil industry and the enigma of human soul and relationships. Jonathan Ford skillfully depicts his struggles with depression and how it influenced his life. He takes the reader for a walk through many years of trading and family difficulties, written with thorough details and in a gripping style. The book gets you into the mind of a person with depression and anxiety, ma ...more
Stephen
I read this book in two sittings. It was hard to put it down. But a strange book. Ford writes well, but in a very formulaic manner. It feels as though he had diaries by the side of his laptop and wrote directly from them. It is an interesting tale, but only if you are into trading and the effect it has on industry professionals. He writes with incredible honesty and I felt awfully sorry for him. But ultimately he is a challenged soul, and his depression has at times been crippling. So it is not ...more
Candy O'Donnell
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan weaves a tale of tragedy and inspiration along with some no nonsense about his childhood. I understand where he was coming from within this book. He is a good writer and I believe many others need to read his works and come to a deeper understanding about how the human psyche works.
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Born in the UK Jonathan attended Hertford college, Oxford, where he read physics. He went on to a career in oil trading for around 25 years in London, Geneva, Houston and New York. Unfortunately this career played havoc with his depression and anxiety and he suffered much upheaval and a devastating betrayal. He also suffered through two tough marriages but has four children who he credits for his ...more

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