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Minding Mr. Market: Ten Years on Wall Street With Grant's Interest Rate Observer Hardcover – November 1, 1993

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Grant had the good fortune to start a newsletter titled Grant's Interest Rate Observer ten years ago, at the beginning of a historic decline in interest rates that continues through this year. Thus, with the benefit of hindsight, we can read these selected essays containing Grant's erudite views on the unfolding economic climate that included a stock market crash, a national credit crisis, and a rebuilding of the nation's savings and loan industry. This anthology from the author of Money of the Mind ( LJ 5/15/92) may not be essential, but it is as painless as economic literature can be and the selected essays are, as a whole, fascinating. For most libraries.
- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grant is publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, an investment newsletter with influence far beyond its relatively small subscription base of 3,000. Rather than offering stock picks, Grant provides economic analysis based on credit market activity and fluctuations in interest rates. Last year his noteworthy Money of the Mind railed against a century of credit recklessness, tracing "borrowing and lending in America from the Civil War to Michael Milken." Since its inception 10 years ago, Grant's bearish newsletter has often been wrong, but Grant's contrarian views have been much sought on financial panels and news commentaries. Here he reprints more than 80 essays that appeared in the newsletter over the last decade. Grant writes well; these pieces are always incisive and often entertaining. Cartoons by Hank Blaustein will be added to the finished book. David Rouse

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T); 1st edition (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374166013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374166014
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Grant, financial journalist and historian, is the founder and editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the investment markets. His new book, The Forgotten Depression, 1921: the Crash that Cured Itself, a history of America's last governmentally unmedicated business-cycle downturn, won the 2015 Hayek Prize of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Among his other books on finance and financial history are 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, 1993), The Trouble with Prosperity (Times Books, 1996), and Mr. Market Miscalculates (Axios Press, 2008).

He is, in addition, the author of a pair of political biographies: John Adams: Party of One, a life of the second president of the United States (Farrar, Straus, 2005) and Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Mr. Grant's television appearances include "60 Minutes," "The Charlie 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 Affair. 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. He is a trustee of the New York Historical Society. He and his wife, Patricia Kavanagh M.D., live in Brooklyn. They are the parents of four grown children.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2003
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Mr. Grant's analysis and insight into market inconsistencies, anomalies, and absurdities is refreshing in this age of me too financial journalism. The articles, taken from Grant's Interest Rate Observer, are as original in thought as they are uncompromising in their logic. I am a finance professional and feel that this book is a must read for any young entrant into the field. This perennial bear can teach even the most ardent bull to reflect before they leap. Beware if you've been nurtured on Money Magazine!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A_2007_reader on December 11, 2002
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A series of vignettes from the early 80s to the early 90s. I love these "time capsule" books.
Grant is a good author, and he is bearish, which is instinctually satisfying for most creatures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Techer on December 25, 2013
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as usual Grant is worth every minute you can read him; buy the book it will return many times over a return
in clear financial and investment thinking
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