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Ben Graham is single-handedly responsible for the fact that investors even think about ratios like the price/earnings ratio, the current ratio or working capital-to-market capitalization. Coming out of the stock market's total implosion in 1929 and throughout the '30s, Graham knew that he needed to discover logical rules that any investor could use in order to attain safe, sustainable, market-beating results. He was so preoccupied with ensuring that anyone could duplicate his methods towards the end of his career that he often told his junior analysts at Graham-Newman like Albert Schloss or Warren Buffett that they could not involve themselves in complicated financial shenanigans to make money--it all had to be plain vanilla.
The Intelligent Investor was Graham's attempt to make his cumbersome joint-effort with David Dodd--Security Analysis--comprehensible to the average person. Much like Nietzsche's Beyond Good & Evil was intended to make Thus Spoke Zarathustra transparent, Graham's Intelligent Investorset about educating the average person as to what made an investment, what made a speculation and how this knowledge could be applied to build wealth in the most risk-averse way possible. Although he was a little bond-crazy, Graham's zeal for the common investor made him about as Foolish as they come. The fifth edition of The Intelligent Investor comes with the added bonus of a laudatory introduction by editor Warren Buffett as well as the best essay Warren Buffett ever wrote, bar none, called "The Superinvestors of Graham & Doddsville." Although it can make for pretty dense, didactic reading, the investor will come away from The Intelligent Investor with a newfound understanding of how the numbers fit together to make a great stock. -- The Motley Fool, Randy Befumo
Benjamin Graham (1894-1976), the father of value investing, has been an inspiration for many of today's most successful businesspeople. He is also the author of Securities Analysis and The Interpretation of Financial Statements.
This is a great investing book, but I bought the one from '72 so there are some dated aspects. Seller was awesome and the book was great value and arrived in like new condtion.Published on Sept. 7 2011 by Investorman
Before deciding on whether to buy this book or not, one should take into account that even this version is 30+ years old, and that the original version was written over 50 years... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Christer Jönsson
It may seem an odd thing to say about a book whose hallmark is prudence, but this volume is dangerous. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003
Graham's book is by far the most thorough, well thought out volume on investing that has ever been produced. Graham's thought processes and advice are indispensable.Published on Nov. 10 2003
This book is must reading for anyone who is serious about investigating and analyzing investment opportunities in a logical, sound and prudent manner.Published on April 1 2003
There is no doubt that Benjamin Graham's insights and expertise have shaped the science of portfolio management to what it is today. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Review Monster
I am a firm believer in the concept of value investing and dollar cost averaging. Graham, the father of these concepts, outlines his viewpoints in a candid and frank manner and... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002 by Thomas N. Tsongas
The book lays out benchmarks for bonds and stock pricing. Earnings coverage for bonds for the different classes of safety - its a synopsis of his security analysis section - and... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2002 by Rob