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Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"An excellent read."
--Ace Greenberg, Chairman, Bear Stearns Richard 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
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published October 15th 2001 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2000)
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Karin
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
Marco den Ouden
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Rohan
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best biographies I have read.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator got me interested about Jesse Livermore and his life and this was the 3rd book I read about Jesse Livermore. The story of Jesse Livermore is remarkable and one can learn a lot from him.
Sebbe P
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: biography
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
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Franco Arda
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Amazing Titicaca
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
The young boy who arrived to NY looking for better opportunities instead of hard life in his rural area.
He started his carrier as shop stock tickets writer....
with the time he was learning the secrets of gambling and investing...

He made huge fortune many times but lost all in 1929...he never recovered from this crash...
His decisions were based in other people...finally commitin suicide...

His principles and understand of the 1920s markets are awsome....
Even today are usefull...

Hes one of may favo
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Sue
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Jeff
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
This reads like a non-stop commercial for investing in stocks. There was but a little useful information in it.
Ketul
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, one of the best books ever written for a trader. It's rich, instinctive and has to be read again and again to gauge it's true strength.
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