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Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend Hardcover

ISBN-13: 072-3812170753 ISBN-10: 0471170755 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471170755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471170754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not many financial figures develop reputations that outlast their lifetimes, but the subject of James Grant's comprehensive 1983 biography is one of them. Re-released with a new foreword, Bernard Baruch: The Adventures Of A Wall Street Legend tells the inspiring story of an extraordinary financier who made his first million at the turn of the century and was eventually asked to share his knowledge with every U.S. president from Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy.

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This biography of Bernard Baruch considered to be renowned as the definitive story about the notorious financial wizard and presidential advisor. Baruch's political policies are discussed briefly, and James Grant includes a detailed account of Baruch's trading and investment gains and losses. Baruch obtained his millions by risking his fortune again and again. In the history of our stock market and government, there are few who have obtained his mythical status as a successful investor of all times.

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James Grant founded Grant's Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the financial markets, in 1983.

He is the author of five books on finance and financial history: Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend (Simon & Schuster, 1983), Money of the Mind (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992), Minding Mr. Market (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993) and The Trouble with Prosperity (Times Books, 1996), and Mr. Market Miscalculates (Axios Press, 2008). John Adams: Party of One, a biography of the second president of the United States was published in March 2005 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

His latest book, "Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster," will be published in May by Simon & Schuster.

Mr. Grant's television appearances include "60 Minutes," "The Charley Rose Show," "CBS Evening News," and a 10-year stint on Wall Street Week. His journalism has appeared in a variety of periodicals, including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs, and he contributed an essay to the Sixth Edition of Graham and Dodd's Security Analysis (McGraw-Hill, 2009).

Mr. Grant, a former Navy gunner's mate, is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Indiana University. He earned a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University and began his career in journalism in 1972, at the Baltimore Sun. He joined the staff of Barron's in 1975 where he originated the Current Yield column.

Visit the Website for Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed The Man Who Broke the Filibuster at www.mrspeakerbook.com

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tim C. Opler on July 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The story is fascinating and you can't help but like Baruch despite his ego. Grant does a nice job although more because he was truly interested in the man rather than because he's a great biographer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like James Grant's slant on this biography, focusing on the man as a trader. A tall order and I don't think it was accomplished. It read more like a regular biography which isn't entirely bad. You will learn a lot about Bernard Baruch which is worth the price of this book. I am a big fan of Wall St. history and Baruch plays a large part. Grant is a tremendous writer regarding his views on the markets via his newsletter and books but this book didn't really read like his other great efforts. In summary, if you are interested in Wall St history, you can't grow wrong with this effort.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By samiul abedin on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Grant does a fair job. Baruch does come across as a likeable personality. The author perhaps could have been a little more critical in his analysis and also focussed on Baruch's private life and public years after 1945 a bit more.
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