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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator [Paperback]

Edwin Lefèvre , Roger Lowenstein
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Jan. 17 2006 Wiley Investment Classics (Book 31)
"Although Reminiscences...was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer's frenzy on the foreign exchange markets."
Worth magazine

"The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefèvre, first published in 1923."
The Seattle Times

"After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites."
Kenneth L. Fisher, Forbes

"A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced."
William O'Neil, founder and Chairman, Investor's Business Daily

"Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular and in print eighty years on."
GQ magazine

First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever. Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life—and your portfolio.

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Stock investing is a relatively recent phenomenon and the inventory of true classics is somewhat slim. When asked, people in the know will always list books by Benjamin Graham, Burton G. Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher. You'll know you're getting really good advice if they also mention Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore, a remarkable character who first started speculating in New England bucket shops at the turn of the century. Livermore, who was banned from these shady operations because of his winning ways, soon moved to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. What makes this book so valuable are the observations that Lefèvre records about investing, speculating, and the nature of the market itself. For example:

"It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight! It is no trick at all to be right on the market. You always find lots of early bulls in bull markets and early bears in bear markets. I've known many men who were right at exactly the right time, and began buying or selling stocks when prices were at the very level which should show the greatest profit. And their experience invariably matched mine--that is, they made no real money out of it. Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon."

If you've ever spent weekends and nights puzzling over whether to buy, sell, or hold a position in whatever investment--be it stock, bonds, or pork bellies, you'll be glad that you read this book. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is full of lessons that are as relevant today as they were in 1923 when the book was first published. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"...certainly one of the most entertaining books ever written about stock trading..." (Money magazine, November 2007)

" a classic that gives readers a sense of a trader's mind..." (Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2006)

"…an engaging read, chock-full of pearls of wisdom and amusing anecdotes...candid and analytical style evoking sympathy for the narrator." (Money Week, October 2006)

“…contains timeless advice on the markets.” (The Independent, Extra, Thu 13th March)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my "bible" of investing Nov. 27 2001
I have a library of nearly 100 books about the markets. Reminiscences was the third book I ever read and it remains my "bible" more than a decade later. You might wonder how an 80-year old book about the stock market could still be relevant. Well, that is because financial markets are determined by human nature as much as anything else, and human nature acts today as it did a century ago. Greed, fear, herd thinking, impatience - those are the same influences that drive markets today and haunt traders and investors who are striving to make the right decisions. Many of the lessons that dictate my investment philosophy ("Cut your losses, let your winners run", "if you don't like the odds, don't bet") were taught to me by the protagonist, who is the fictional characterization of the legendary Jesse Livermore. That he tells his stories with such color and suspense makes the book completely entertaining beyond its invaluable trading lessons. BUY THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF. BUY ANOTHER ONE FOR A FRIEND (I've given 4 copies). You'll not only improve your own investing results, but your gift will impress as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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the book is interesting, but has thousands of scanner errors. Amazon should had paid attention on that. but i recommend it anyway
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3.0 out of 5 stars I know it's a classic Dec 20 2013
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I know this is a classic but to be honest I found it a boring read with more story line than substance. It's okay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best Oct. 7 2008
This is a classic book on trading and market speculation, and is still the best introduction to the subject. The author was one of the most successful traders of all time, gaining and losing massive fortunes multiple times in his life. The experience that is passed on in the book is priceless and accelerates one's development as a trader immensely.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Dog Has Fleas.... Aug. 2 1998
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I bought this book a couple of years ago, because of a reference in John Train's 'The Money Masters'. In fact....the book contained the exact quote used in Harry Edwards review above. Nice quote, but thats it.
The book is amusing enough, and I found the discussion about 'bucket shops' and various investment practices in the largely unregulated early 20th century interesting.
But, of course, you are never told how the hell to know whether to 'sit tight' or sell. There is really nothing specific or useful to anyone trying to make money in any market - legally, at least.
Perhaps a little market history - the fact that markets rise and fall, will be useful to some people.
A much better, and more amusing view of investment excesses can be found in the John Rothchild's highly entertaining 'A Fool and His Money'. Note that this book preceeded, and has absolutely no connection with the popular 'Motley Fools'
Addendum - Dec 21, 2002. Original August 2, 1998.
I am amazed at all the positive reviews -- and I am down at the bottom of the review section, so I doubt many people will plow down to see this.
And, is everyone clear that:
1. This is a fiction - not a biography.
2. It was ghostwritten by a newspaperman.
3. Jessie Livermore died broke.
4. A lot of the "techniques" have been illegal for decades (ie Pools).
I guess that I find the incredibly positive reviews to be an interesting fact. Hope the reviewer's are on the other side of my trades.
Rent the DVDs "Boiler Room" or "Wall Street"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece May 25 2004
I bought this book after it was mentioned on the book Market Wizards. After I finished reading it, I found myself going back to it over and over again. This is a must read book for anyone that is really interesting in how the trading markets work in real life. It's brilliant, funny... Great!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read if you are interested in the market April 16 2004
By Nicole
This book is a definite must-read for anyone who owns anything in the market. I am reading it the second time, and this is just one month after I finished the first. I use it as a reminder of what's really happening out there, instead of being distracted by the noise.
The author writes in a very easy-to-read style which is not common of his time. Through a very direct approach, the reader can easily identify with the emotions of the character.
It truly is a book worth owning, and reading again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Wonder How It's Still a Classic March 15 2004
What makes a classic a classic? It's that the truths taught so many years ago are still true today.
Jesse Livermore in this book written nearly a century ago (minus just a few years) teaches us truths of the market. And those truths hold today.
How much does news help your trades? How much do friends and tipsters help your trades? How much do YOU help others by telling them about your trades?
Jesse reveals why you should ignore the news (you'll always be the last to hear it, learn that), ignore friends and family (when it comes to stock tips), and stop giving advice too. All three are disasters for you and everybody else.
The market is there to tell its own story. You can study the tape (using Livermore's language) and with practice and some knack for the skill, you can learn to trade successfully. Livermore got rich by sticking to his plans and by making sure the market itself was the only thing he studied.
I don't think this book will teach you what to do as much as it trains you to STOP doing things that detract you and distract you from what the market is trying to tell you all the time. Listen to the market and you'll make some cash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for learning trading psychology
Really great insight on having the correct mindset for trading. You will learn all about the rationale behind the Jessy LIvermore's investments and why he succeeded/failed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LJ7
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading
I'm a very long-term investor and day trading is not my thing.. However, this book was beyond interesting. I could not stop reading. Read more
Published on July 9 2010 by Alex Turcot
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Investment Book
This book is the story of Jesse Livermore. Livermore was one of the greatest speculators of all time. This is the story about group psychology and market timing. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2008 by Patrick Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated Yet Insightful
This book's contribution to the literature of the financial markets is incontrovertible. For an investing public starved of trading wisdom in a pre-Markowitz era when stock traders... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Melvin Sico
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcover Marketplace Book version worth the price ?
Wonderful book.
However I wanted a version printed on good paper so it would last a long time.
I bought a very costly hardcover Marketplace copy, just to discover that it... Read more
Published on April 21 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
It is amazing that with all the advancement in technology during this era, the basics of trading remain the same: fear and greed, supply and demand. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Ramsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than You Expect
The first 50 pages are gripping. The next 50 - 100 pages are okay. After that you start to wonder why you are reading this book.
It becomes repetitive. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by J. E. Robinson
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