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Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire Paperback – March 11, 2003
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Like Intel chairman Andrew Grove, whose memoir Swimming Across touches on some of the same territory, Soros grew up as the scion of a Hungarian Jewish family, many of whose members did not survive the Holocaust. Inclined toward philosophy (a field in which he sometimes writes even today, though many philosophers wish he would not), Soros escaped to England, and later America, and put his sharp mind to work making a huge fortune. Not content to live a leisurely or unexamined life, Soros put more than $1 billion to use in bettering the lives of citizens of formerly totalitarian regimes--and even in hastening the end of dictatorships around the world.
Former New York Times columnist Kaufman delivers a respectful account, closeted skeletons and all, of Soros's life and work, and his book will interest a wide range of readers. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. Childhood survival against the Nazis in Hungary during WW II
2. Financial successes and philosophical failures
What I found puzzling is how much of the text was spent on Soros' philanthropic activities. They deserve a significant portion of the text, but well over half of the text is devoted to this. I would have been interested, for example, in seeing some experts from Soros "Burden", and trying to understand a bit better what issues Soros was trying to describe in his own book, but could not.
Having said all this, this was a well researched, well written, well referenced biography. This is not a trading book, and those seeking trading advice should look elsewhere.
Critical elements of George Soros' personality as the world's greatest trader:
1. Believe in your own fallibility. To put it in another words, be humble and always believe that you can be wrong and when that happens, don't hesitate to change your stance. You will be surprised how this man can change his mind with such ease, in all aspects of his life, just so long as there is a reason for it. It is his central philosophy in life to believe in his own fallibility, therefore, he is so self-critical.
2. The ability to compartmentalize. Which means this man has an extremely high EQ. As a trader, it is important not to let your personal affairs affect your trading performance, as mental concentration is of utmost importance. Soros has shown this trait throughout the book where he can immerse himself into his million dollar philantrophic activities just minutes after losing a couple of millions in a trade. Perhaps this man is so rational that he is devoid of emotions?
3. The ability to take risk. A life that is always on the edge and full of uncertainty is not something that everybody can live with, much less excel in it. But hey, this man survived the holocaust through his childhood living on the edge of life and death.Read more ›
Also if you're a trader, don't even waste your time on this book. Get Alchemy of finance. This book is a fairly quick read but as you can imagine with a man like Soros, any authorised book is going to be mostly flattery.
But it has it's amusing moments and some good pictures. I wouldn't pay more than $5 though for it. Then you can chuck it like a magazine when you're done.
This is not a book that will teach you about fixed income, equities, derivatives, or how to hedge. If you want to sell short...go to the finance section of Amazon and buy a finance book.
This is a brilliant biography about George Soros. You learn about his life, how he grew up, where he went to school. How his character was formed...the events that helped form his work ethic, his philosophy about world markets and peak into how he may think.
You aren't going to get under the hood of his brain, but you will get to the core of what matters to this famous man and why. Brilliantly done!
However, if you buy a book on Soros, you'd probably want to know a lot about what made Soros famous in the first day: The Black Wednesday, in which Soros gambled on the depreciation of British Poundsterling against the Bank of England and won US$1 billion, making his known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England."
Unfortunately, there is only a short chapter on this, even though I would bet people would be more curious on this than Soros's childhood days.
The author also speculated that the Queen of England profitted from the loss of the Bank of England, but it sounds more like a rumor because he could not confirm if there was some truth in it.
Anyway, this book is still good if you want to know abot Soros, but moves very slowly.
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For those wanting to learn about Mr George Soros and his life to 2003, this is your book. The author focuses on Soros' 1. Early life in Hungary during the nazi occupation 2. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoelS
Great writing - great topic. I've always thought Soros was fascinating but didn't know much about him before reading the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Helen L. Kistler
I give this book two thumbs up! I found it a very inspiring read. A must for any struggling slacker.Published on November 14, 2013 by Godde$$
It was a very good book that brings the follower of Soros up until his seventies. He is now in his eighties and has remarried.Published on October 8, 2013 by Ray
The vast majority of this book was about George Soros's philanthropy which wasn't made clear by the title. It wasn't very interesting.Published on April 22, 2012 by Albert
Initially I borrowed this book from the library and I loved it!
Recently I was looking for it on my shelf and remembered that I didn't
actually own it - so I immediately... Read more
This is a merely average biography written about a truly exceptional human being.
I find it strange that a book about the `Greatest Money Manager of All Time,' contains... Read more