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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Alliant; 1st edition (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1300973951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1300973959
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

SCOTT THOMPSON is managing director of Intrinsic Value Capital. He's the author of best-selling book: ART & SCIENCE OF VALUE INVESTING, which is the only investing book in the world with a foreword written by Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett!

Scott is a value investor, and identifies high-quality undervalued businesses showing wide "margins of safety" between price and value.

He graduated from N.I.U. (B.S. 1991). At Aspen University (MBA) he graduated "summa cum laude" & "Graduate Student of the Year!" After college, he quickly worked his way up in several Fortune-500 companies & served as Vice President of an investment bank.

Scott is a philanthropist, & has donated thousands of dollars and volunteer hours. Scott serves on numerous boards & charity organizations, including the 5th largest rehabilitation healthcare organization in the United States! Scott speaks at investor conferences, book-signings, & seminars. For more info visit: http://www.ProValueSource.com

Customer Reviews

I like it because it compiles many simple and complex concepts all into one book, in a very simplistic way.
Jen
I have read pretty much all the books out there and can say for sure that reading this book first will help you a lot in understanding the other more complex ones.
Omar Saber
After reading the book, I immediately bought two more books and gave them to several friends who also work in financial services.
scott

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Gallimore on July 17, 2013
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I purchased this book hoping it would help solidify my foundation as an investor. Currently, I am on page 156 of 294 and have really struggled to get to this point. The book is riddled with typographical errors, incorrect formulas and calculations, and LOTS of repetition. The 156 pages I have read probably could have been condensed down to half or even a quarter of the length. I recall one instance where the author said the same thing three different ways in three consecutive sentences. I got it....

None of the investment theory the author talks about is wrong necessarily, but the ideas just aren't as clearly defined or conveyed as in other value investing literature I have read. I think I am going to tough it out and finish reading it, but learning about value investing should be fun and interesting. It is hard to feel that way about a book the author and editors didn't care enough about to proofread.

Also, if you want to learn how to invest like Warren Buffet, just read the letters to shareholders which you can find for FREE on the web. Cheers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Graham on March 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My review...by Robert W. Johns.

I purchased this on kindle and it arrived on my device without any problem...

This book was fun and informative. I bought this to see how Mr Thompson thinks, as the
are few books available which are actually written by individuals working in Value investment
based money management, running other peoples money as such.

I have been a value investor for five years full time and was looking for something to fill some gaps and as a reference point. This book simply delivers, the section on discounted cash flows would be invaluable to someone just starting out in qualitative analysis and understanding future business cash flows.

Scott writes with a relaxed and honest candor, never becoming pretentious or overbearing. It is evident he has a genuine passion for Value investing and this shows in the highly complementary description he gives of famous Value investors.

These kind of things are what got me into this industry, the is a considerable amount of kindness, honesty and integrity found in the famous past, present professional practitioners of this investment approach. No doubt many other such individuals will be the same in the future. There's a good introduction to Scott's influences and sets a nice theme for the book.

Sometimes even those with an excellent memory can benefit from reading what they may have forgotten in time and this book is one of those great reference guides to keep you mind sharp. The author has an MBA and in many countries it can be difficult to hold a relevant MBA and be a value investor just down to the practicality's of it all. Therefore his line of thinking has been of a benefit to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on March 22, 2014
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Also for non-experts it`s a good book to learn about value investing on the basis of the successful investors like Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and Benjamin Graham. You will understand easily how they do their research and how they make their decisions. To make it round the book includes three excellent case studies.
I do recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SHOHEI SAKAKURA on March 19, 2014
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I am a Japanese investor and bought this book.

This book is written with easy and understandable language. Not only that but also this book is practicable. Most books focus on theories without stating how to apply them; however, this book is not something like that. This book explains how to apply theories into real investment activity by exemplifying Buffett's real investment.

I am a value investor, and concluded that buying this book is a great investment activity; the intrinsic value of this book is much higher than its price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scott on February 26, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great resource for anyone interested in value investing. After reading the book, I immediately bought two more books and gave them to several friends who also work in financial services. They both loved it and also thought it was a great resource. I just purchased another copy here on Amazon to give to a friend of mine who is a finance major in college and thought I should write a review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Johnson on December 13, 2014
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Great book that consolidates the practices of multiple greats of value investing. Im only in the early parts of the book but it is one of the most useful fact filled value investing books ive read to date. Ill come back and elaborate as i progress though the book.
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After talking to Scott a fair amount on Facebook, I decided to give his book a try.

Let me say right away that I don't embrace the same investment strategy that Scott does. As founder of www.netnethunter.com, I'm pretty obsessed with net net stocks. That being said, I'm giving this book as detached and balanced of a review as I can.

Scott's book is written for people who are just starting out in investing -- new investors. If you're looking to stat out as an investor, then this book is a good first initial read to get a broad range of terms and strategies under your belt. Scott's writing is accessible and he's able to break down complex concepts into small pieces that are easy to digest.

His focus is mainly on Warren Buffett's contemporary investment strategies and he does a good job explaining them for readers. He also talks about a number of other contemporary investment strategies, such as weighted average cost of capital, but also touches on small pieces of Ben Graham.

Where this book shines is in the talk of investment temperament. This is critically valuable for new investors, and something that's more or less ignored in other investing books despite how critically important it is to your success.

This book is great, but not perfect. If there was a greater breadth (or an equal amount of pages devoted to) a wider range of investment styles, and these strategies were covered in more depth, then it would have been an easy 5 stars. That's not the book he intended to write, though, and for what it is it's great.

If you're interested, I wrote a much more detailed review here: http://www.netnethunter.com/art-science-of-value-investing-a-book-review/
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