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"It is as lucid and succinct an introduction to investing as any book to be found anywhere..." -- -- Joe Queenan, The American Spectator

"It's a book that aggressive investors, regardless of whether they agree with the individual master, must read." -- -- Barron's

"Provides as broad a range of investment insights as you're likely to find anywhere." -- -- Business Week

"The best book in the investment field that I have read in years." -- -- Paul E. Erdman, New York Times Book Review

"The best book on money management I've ever read, and quite possibly the best book on the subject ever written ..." -- -- Robert Clark, Worth magazine

"There is a handful of terrific books by terrific writers ... none is better than John Train." -- -- Forbes magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Train founded Train, Smith Investment Counsel and is chairman of Montrose Advisors, both of New York. His bestselling books on investing include The Craft of Investing, The Money Masters, The New Money Masters, and The Midas Touch. He has written several hundred columns for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, Harvard Magazine, The Financial Times, and other publications. He is a part-time director of two independent government agencies reporting directly to Congress and of several emerging market mutual funds. He lives in New York, spends summers in Maine, and travels frequently to Europe, Asia, and South America.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (May 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887309704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887309700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 9.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Joseph O Batyko on October 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read Mr. Train's earlier books The Money Masters and The New Money Masters and found them informative and interesting, gaining insights from some of the worlds most sucessful investors. Mr. Train's research seemed to rely heavily on personal interviews of these Masters often providing the reader with unique investment philosophies not readily available elsewhere. I especially recommend Mr. Train's first book in this series The Money Masters because this book moved me away from the trading of stocks and futures as practiced by Robert Wilson the short seller and Stanly Kroll the great commodity speculator. The techniques they employed seemed too elusive and fraught with risk and if this was the basis of the trading game it was not the game for me. I was instead attracted to the similer philosophies of mentor and student Ben Grahman and Warren Buffett. Looking at a stock as a share of a business not a piece of paper with a number on it. This was the first time I had been exposed to the wisdom of these two investors and I am grateful to Mr. Train for revealing to the public their methods. The problem I have with the current rendition is that it really adds nothing new. In fact Mr. Train seems to have copied parts of the first Money Masters and spliced them into this version. I may be wrong but it doesn't seem that the effort or creativity that went into the original went into this work. Another sort of irritating quality in this instance thankfully not present in the first book is Mr. Train's need to psychoanalyze some of his subjects especially Mr. Buffett. This adds an edge to the book that is not worthy of Mr. Train.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The bookshelves are full of books containing descriptions of ways to invest based on historical data and models that have not been very fully tested in practice. However, in most areas of human endeavor, a great deal is learned by studying those who are and have been the best for a long time. Money manager John Train has been playing this role for some time with his outstanding books, The Money Masters and The New Money Masters. For about two years, I have been wondering what John Train thinks about the current financial markets. I was delighted to see that he had created an updated and revised sequel to his earlier works.
One of the strengths of John Train's work in this area is that he knows the people he writes about, and the chapters contain discussions he has had with them in most cases. So you get new information that you have not read before in the financial press. He also does a good job of picking a variety of styles and personality types, so you get A to Z with some letters skipped in between in these 17 profiles. These include (in order of presentation): T. Rowe Price; Warren Buffett; John Templeton; Richard Rainwater; Paul Cabot; Philip Fisher; Benjamin Graham; Mark Lightbown; John Neff; Julian Robertson; Jim Rogers; George Soros; Philip Carret; Michael Steinhardt; Ralph Wanger; Robert Wilson; and Peter Lynch. Amongst these men, you will find a variety of growth investors, value investors, those who look to undiscovered markets, intense analysts of trends and individual companies, hedge fund operators, shorts, small cap specialists, and those who focus on emerging foreign markets. It's quite a ride. Naturally, if any of them interest you, you can go further in other sources and learn more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A_2007_reader on March 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The people who are looking to gain valuable insight as to the workings of the market from this book are sadly mistaken. This is a book, along the lines of James Grant's book, that gives a number of vignettes and minature biographies of the leading money makers of our times, such as T. Rowe Price, Buffet, Templeton, Rainwater, Cabot, Fisher, Graham, Lightbown, Neff, Robertson, Rogers, Soros, Carret, Steinhardt, Wanger, Wilson, Lynch. You will essentially find that there is no "one" style that is successful, which lends credence to the theory that the markets are quite efficient, and some of these guys are victims of luck as well as skill.

The fact that it was written in early 2000 is a plus, not a minus, as you can trace what happened to them after the crash.

GOod book, the author is a bit preachy, egotistical and gossips about his subjects, but that's OK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By investingbythebooks on December 15, 2013
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Strikingly often successful investors have had other successful investors as their mentors and you often hear them tell the tale of how they came to realize the insights from Ben Graham, George Soros, Jesse Livermore etc. Since very few are privileged enough to work for a successful investor, books describing their work fills an important void. As a bonus you can also learn from several mentors. Chief amongst books that have brought star investors in front of the general public are Jack Schwager's Market Wizards series and the seasoned investment advisor John Train's books.

These two series of books differ in that the former use interviews to present the investors while Train carefully crafts his own portraits of the persons of his choice - a task much helped by the fact that he through his profession got acquainted with several of them. The Money Masters published in 1980 was were a generation of future investors first got to know about Warren Buffett. A few years later The New Money Masters brought forward the next set of superstars such as John Neff, Julian Robertson, Philip Carret, Peter Lynch, Jim Rogers, Ralph Wanger etc. Money Masters of Our Time took the portraits from both the books and updated them slightly - a best of compilation, so to say.

Save one or two slightly more short-term hedge fund managers, the marvelous and time resistant selection focuses on longer term growth or value investors. Growth investors include T. Rowe Price with his focus on high quality, well managed companies in what he called "fertile fields for growth" and the San Francisco based Philip Fisher who, inspired by the success companies in the Silicon Valley, through a research intensive process called scuttlebutt invested in companies where technology was the engine for future growth.
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