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IAmEric
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Posted: 2005-04-29 18:09
It was suggested to me to read the following books:

* "The Alchemy of Finance" by George Soros
* "Central Banking in Theory and Practice" by Allan Blinder
* "A Term at the Fed" by Lawrence Meyer
* "Bombardiers" by Po Bronson

I will read every book on this list, but time is kind of short so I was wondering if someone could suggest a logical order in which to tackle them.

Thanks!

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Posted: 2005-04-29 18:20
Haven't read "Bombardiers", but Po Branson is a great author. Being a startup man yourself, you should probably also read "Nudist on the Lateshift" - I think it is a classic - about the Silicon Valley internet boom. So - read "Bombardiers" to set the scene, and put yourself to sleep with "The Alchemy of Finance".

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Posted: 2005-04-29 18:28
I'm the opposite.  I read Bombardiers but not the others.  Its a very quick read.  Extremely entertaining, somewhat dated and as fiction is not necessarily accurate, but fun to read. 

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Posted: 2005-04-29 18:47

I'll second 'Bombardiers', i liked it: quick, easy and fun too read

 

I haven't read the others but every rates trader I seem to have met have mentioned "A Term at the Fed". So if 'guys I've met' form any further endorsement then....thats an endorsement!


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Posted: 2005-04-29 23:48

i'd do:

1)bombardiers (havent read it tho)

2)alchemy

3)a term

4)central banking


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Posted: 2005-04-30 04:00

if time is short, skip Bombardiers - it's fun, but not a lot of practical use - it's not even as if there are any well-used trading floor quotes in it. And anyway, it's a straight rip-off of Catch 22. Read that instead at some point.


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Posted: 2005-05-01 03:33

Does anyone else find "Alchemy of Finance" vastly overrated?  I mean, Soros wrote an entire book about his investment strategies, which as he mentions in a disclaimer, he can change based on the drop of the hat.  I suppose that as with "Confessions of a Street Addict" it makes for an interesting read and a sense of flavour of what happens in practice.

Props to "Central Banking in Theory and Practice" by Allan Blinder though.


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Posted: 2005-05-02 09:27

bombardiers has its moments...two of them, to be precise.  

alchemy...you need a longer list so it can go lower down.  i really would not recommend it. 


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Posted: 2005-05-02 09:45

you need a longer list so it can go lower down

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Posted: 2005-05-02 14:18

eric,

there is a thread called something like 'light reading' which covers a lot of war story type books, which i think is what you're after.  you may wish to check it out - i think there are more useful (and more interesting) books for you to read than something like alchemy. 


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Posted: 2005-05-02 16:44
Hi jungle,

There are more factors at work that went into this list than merely wanting to learn. I have read the "light reading" thread and will definitely consult it again (if I can find it) once I'm done jumping through this hoop.

What would you recommend of these two:

* "Central Banking in Theory and Practice" by Allan Blinder
* "A Term at the Fed" by Lawrence Meyer

? I haven't heard anything about "Central Banking" so am leaning toward "A Term".

Thanks for all the feedback!

Eric

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Posted: 2005-05-02 16:53

eric,

i haven't read either.  but from what i know of them, they seem quite different.  blinder is a collection of lectures about central banking, meyer is the memoirs of a former fed official.  meyer's book was published fairly recently, and what i remember of the reviews was that the book wasn't anything special, but might be worth reading if you're interested in the inner workings of the FOMC.  maybe if you could tell us what you're hoping to achieve (as you wrote 'there are more factors at work...than merely wanting to learn'), we could suggest some books..?  the original list was kind of an odd mix! 

btw, i looked for but couldn't find the light reading thread.  Sad


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Posted: 2005-05-02 17:28
Hi jungle,

maybe if you could tell us what you're hoping to achieve (as you wrote 'there are more factors at work...than merely wanting to learn'), we could suggest some books..?


Sorry for being so cryptic. Basically, someone who can have a major impact on my life told me to read these books (among many others) in the next two weeks. I don't know if I can get through all of them (considering all the other reading assignments I was given), so ordering them appropriately is important. I can't say more about the motivation now Blush

btw, i looked for but couldn't find the light reading thread.


Neither could I Smiley

Doing a search the old fashioned way, i.e. scrolling back, I found it.

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Posted: 2005-05-03 12:19

Sorry for being so cryptic. Basically, someone who can have a major impact on my life told me to read these books (among many others) in the next two weeks.

ok!  that makes sense.  consensus seems to be alchemy gets the lowest priority, bombardiers the highest.  blinder is shorter than meyer but perhaps heavier going...still, at c. 90 pages vs. 288, i would go for blinder.


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Posted: 2005-05-19 07:09
Halfway through "Term at the Fed". What's happening to me? I'm even finding economics interesting. Why did I waste all those years on physics??? I also got Blinder. I should breeze through that in an easy sitting (probably on the plane). I decided to save Bombardiers for less stressful times, i.e. for entertainment purposes.

In the meantime, I got sidetracked with "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator". A great great book. Much better than Cats. I am going to read it again and again.

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Posted: 2005-05-19 07:31
Nothing wrong with that.  So what else have you read or going to read?  Since you find economics interesting, you might be able to help me out on my currency thread in the trading phorum Tongue out

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Posted: 2005-05-19 08:41

IAmEric:  I'm even finding economics interesting.

Seek help dude.


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Posted: 2005-05-19 09:10

IAmEric:  I'm even finding economics interesting.

don't worry, it will wear off. 

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Posted: 2005-05-19 09:25

Economics was interesting. Rational expectations changed all that.


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