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Investing: The Last Liberal Art [Paperback]

Mr. Robert G. Hagstrom
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April 22 2002
Investing: The Last Liberal Art offers a unique picture of the investment world within the larger world. It aligns and explains how investment management works in the context of a number of seemingly unrelated disciplines including Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, and Literature. This approach or latticework mode is the next logical step in helping investors understand how markets work and how to become a better investor. It also allows individuals to take additional less simplistic paths to view investing.

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An extended think piece on the subtle and sometimes imperceptible factors influencing markets sets this book apart from run-of-the-mill publications... -- Book of the Week, The Sunday Times, 19 May 2002

Hagstrom weaves a connection to six disciplines that provide diverse but uniformly important insights in the investment process... -- Financial Analysts Journal, March/April 2002

I read this book in one sitting: I could not put it down. -- Peter L. Bernstein, author of Against the Gods

a brisk and engaging read, and it is a pleasure to be in the presence of Hagstrom's agile mind -- International Herald Tribune, 20 April, 2002

About the Author

Robert G. Hagstrom is Senior Vice President and Director of Legg Mason Focus Capital. He has authored The New York Times bestsellers The Warren Buffett Way and The Warren Buffett Portfolio, as well as The NASCAR Way. He lives in Wayne, PA.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware June 25 2002
I read a book entitled "latticework" by the same author and I ordered this title thinking it would be a continuation of the subject. Unfortunately it is the same book with the different title. I am a little ticked because it was not obvious when I submitted my order
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2.0 out of 5 stars Think again April 11 2011
Yes, it's a book worth reading for it's liberal arts ideas and a need for well rounded education which has gone out of style. Funding for the liberal arts university courses is clearly declining in my area.

However, for investors, your better advice would be read "Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, deserves to be widely read Sept. 13 2002
This extremely well researched and written book argues for a liberal education - that is a process of continual learning in different fields/areas in order to improve understanding of how the world works. In relation to investing this means that just doing a finance or economics degree is not enough (although obviously helpful) and that knowing something from areas such as Psychology, Philosophy, biology, history will help you improve your performance.
As well as about being about stock market investing, the book makes a strong case for a more liberal education at University, not only to improve students'job prospects, but also the way they will live their lives (and consequently affect others).
Read it.
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