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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: BullShip Press (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979549701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979549700
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A clearly-written account of a natural trader coming of age, a Catcher in the Rye for traders. Highly recommended if you want to be or understand a trader." -- Aaron C. Brown, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, Author of The Poker Face of Wall Street

"Sykes proves that in addition to his extraordinary gift as an entrepreneur he is also a very fine writer, able to communicate his dream and his reality with a forceful, compelling style that will find an audience among those who wish to understand the seeming conundrum of the Stock Market." -- Grady Harp, Amazon Top 7 Reviewer

"The most realistic portrayal of the risks, rewards, joys, frustrations, exhilarations and the depths of a trader's life since Reminiscences of a Stock Operator." -- Craig L Howe, Faulkner and me, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

"This is the first book I'd give to somebody if I were trying to interest them in the stock market..." -- Greg Feirman, Founder and CEO, Top Gun Financial Planning

"Tim lays it on the line. The pain, the hunger, the glory, the brutality of trading in the trenches. Read this before you try to turn $12,000 into $2,000,000." -- James Altucher, President, Stockpickr LLC, Formula Capital, and Author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund and SuperCa$h

There's certainly a dash of Holden Caulfield to Sykes, but there's at least an equal part Larry Livingston, the trader in Edwin LeFevre's classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. -- Dow Jones Newswire

About the Author

Timothy Sykes is an American hedge fund manager and star of the television documentary Wall Street Warriors. His feat of turning $12,415 of Bar Mitzvah Gift Money into a fully audited pre-tax sum of $1.65 million while still in college landed him in Trader Monthly's 2006 "Top 30 under 30" and preceded his hedge fund, Cilantro Fund Management, LLC, being the #1 Ranked Short Bias Hedge Fund for 2003-2006 by Barclays. He is a regular CNBC commentator and has been featured on CNN, FOX News, Businessweek, MSN Money, TheStreet.com, CBS Marketwatch, Reuters, Institutional Investor, The New York Times, and The LA Times.

More About the Author

Timothy Sykes, who blogs at TimothySykes.com, is the author of the book "An American Hedge" and the upcoming books "Blog Millionaire" and "How To Turn $12,000 Into $100,000". He turned his $12,415 Bar Mitzvah Gift money into $1.65 million by trading too many stocks while in college from 1999 to 2002, before he founded his hedge fund Cilantro Fund in 2003. He was named to Trader Monthly's 2006 "Top 30 under 30" as Barclays ranked Cilantro the #1 Short Bias Fund for 2003-2006 and has been the #1 ranked trader out of 50,000+ on Covestor 2007-2010. He starred in the hit TV show "Wall Street Warriors" and has been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, CNBC, FOX, AOL Finance, MSN Money, TheStreet.com, Reuters, Businessweek, Marketwatch, Institutional Investor, Salon.com, The NY Post, The NY Times and The NY Observer.

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The reader feels obligated to live their trading dreams through Tim's story.
Russell Bailyn
There are many books on the stock market about people that made money when the markets were going up and then were unable to make money when market conditions changed.
N.K.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting book about a very interesting person.
A. Altman

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250 of 268 people found the following review helpful By Trying to be helpful on November 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been in the investment management business over 10 years now and have read a lot of very good books about the industry, its players, and how to be a better trader. I thought I might learn something interesting by reading this book. I was so wrong. It is poorly written and contains nothing of any interest or value. I cannot believe I wasted the time and money. I promise you will never read a worse book in your life. It should be used as a case study on narcissism in any psychology class and then as kindling for the holiday fire.
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202 of 216 people found the following review helpful By N. Shetty on December 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is about nobody who spends the first half of the book trying to establish his credibility. He trades penny stocks, which pretty much sums up the book. I was looking for a book on the life of a hedge fund trader. Something similar to Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle (which is one of the best business books ever written). This book is definitely not like Monkey Business.
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208 of 223 people found the following review helpful By trader 10101 on October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nothing new here for traders. But if you want to read the stock equivalent biography of poker's Chris Moneymaker, go right ahead and check this out at the bookstore!
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249 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really do not like giving negative comments, but after reading the book and having been an active trader for over 6 years, I KNOW this book will not help anyone in their trading or yearning for insight or knowledge. I do not believe Tim is a very good trader, but was able to take advantage of a special time in history to accumalate great returns. He tries to argue that its the regulations of the hedge fund industry that hindered his ability to raise funds and hence limit his success. After getting stuck in a very bad Investment (not trade)his limited capital prevented him from taking advantage of other trades.........Well that was the blessing.
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235 of 254 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Kirkland on September 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought and read Timothy Sykes book, and i'm extremely disappointed. I was hoping to read an inspiring tale of growth, and it was the exact opposite. It really seems like Timothy has regressed over time. I was really shocked to read that he took such a big hit on a single penny stock, a rookie error if you ask me. But this is someone who supposedly had years of experience with trading, so I don't understand why Timothy showed such poor judgement.
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253 of 274 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cedeville on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm appalled to see that my first review of this book was deleted! I hope that doesn't happen again. I bought Tim Sykes book hoping for an inspiring tale of excitement and financial success, and I was very disappointed. To me, it was just another story of someone who made money during the bubble, only to lose much of it back recently. The person then turns to writing under the guise "learn from my mistakes".
To me, it's a very old story.
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231 of 250 people found the following review helpful By N.K. on September 15, 2007
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Don't waste your time with this book. It only deals with penny stocks and the author is way too arrogant and ignorant for his own good. I knew the book wasn't going to be good when I read the author wanted to let other people study for decades to become lower-paid doctors and lawyers. Mr. Sykes doesn't understand success in area of life, especially trading. Once the laws were changed to stop pump and dump scams, the author has lost a truckload of money investing. There are many books on the stock market about people that made money when the markets were going up and then were unable to make money when market conditions changed. I suggest picking out a book that deals with normal priced stocks instead of this tripe if this subject interests you. Basically, the author was arrogant, hit a hot streak, became too egotistical and overconfident, and now can't make money, even though he is supposedly smarter for having lost all of this money. There are several of these books out there. Nothing of value here.
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175 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2007
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Summary: Dot com. Got lucky. No skill. Can't win. No more.

There you have it. Save yourself twenty bucks.
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