The 1960s bull market was a wild time of unbridled growth and stellar performance. It remains a pivotal era in American financial history, a time of corporate gunslingers, mutual funds, new-issue stocks, Chinese money, and the conglomerates. But it is also a cautionary tale of Wall Street for today's investor, chronicling the personalities, markets, events, and trends that drove stocks up throughout the 1960s and made millionaires of many—until the inevitable crashes in the 1970s.
Considered a classic among finance classics, The Go-Go Years is the harrowing and humorous story of the "go-go" growth stocks of the 1960s. Their meteoric rise caused a multitude of small investors to thrive for nearly a decade. John Brooks’s award-winning and inimitable style brings to life the people, places, and extraordinary circumstances that changed the course of the stock market forever. It was a time when greed drove the market and fast money was being made and lost in the surge and plunge of growth and performance stocks. Included are the dramatic stories of such high-profile personalities as H. Ross Perot who lost $450 million in one day, Saul Steinberg’s grandiose attempt to take over Chemical Bank, and the self-destructive fall of America’s "Last Gatsby," Eddie Gilbert.
Yale Law Journal said of him that "John Brooks...may well be the best historian of high and low finance since...Charles Francis Adams and his brother Henry chronicled the rascalities of Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, Daniel Drew, and Cornelius Vanderbilt more than a century ago." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"The Go-Go Years is not to be read in the usual manner of Wall Street classics. You do not read this book to see our present situation reenacted in the past, with only the names changed. You read it because it is a wonderful description of the way things were in a different time and place."
—From the Foreword by Michael Lewis
The Go-Go Years is the harrowing and humorous story of the growth stocks of the 1960s and how their meteoric rise caused a multitude of small investors to thrive until the devastating market crashes in the 1970s. It was a time when greed drove the market and fast money was being made and lost as the "go-go" stocks surged and plunged. Included are the stories of such high-profile personalities as H. Ross Perot who lost $450 million in one day, Saul Steinberg's attempt to take over Chemical Bank, and the fall of America's "Last Gatsby," Eddie Gilbert.
Praise for The Go-Go Years
"Those for whom the stock market is mostly a spectator sport will relish the book's verve, color, and memorable one-liners."
—New York Review of Books
"Please don't take The Go-Go Years too much for granted: as effortlessly as it seems to fly, it is nonetheless an unusually complex and thoughtful work of social history."
—New York Times
"Brooks's great contribution is his synthesis of all the elements that made the 1960s the most volatile in Wall Street history . and making so much material easily digestible for the uninitiated."
"Brooks ... is about the only writer around who combines a thorough knowledge of finance with the ability to perceive behind the dance of numbers 'high, pure, moral melodrama on the themes of possession, domination, and belonging.'"
Bill Gates recently said that John Brooks was his favorite author. Most of Brooks' books are out of print (although Gates has managed recently to get his favorite book,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard Niell Donovan
I very much enjoyed this easy read on 1960's wall street. There are plenty of stories on the rise and fall of conglomerates, mutual funds, and hedge funds. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marlon Varsace
"The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s" was written by John Brooks, financial journalist for The New Yorker, in 1973 to chronicle the Wall... Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by mirasreviews
This book, as the title implies, examines the performance of Wall Street during the 1960s, from its growth through the decade to its bust at the end. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Yoda
I am having trouble getting through this book because it is fairly boring. It goes on and on about tedious subjects, for instance there as an entire chapter on the "back office"... Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Sigourney Weaver
Written poorly and takes a potentially interesting topic and turns it into banalities. Skip itPublished on March 18, 2009 by David T. Kim
The Go-Go Years is the history of Wall Street during the tumultuous 1960s, which saw the DJIA only briefly above 1000. This book's players include H. Read morePublished on March 5, 2006 by Michael F. McPartlan
This book has good insights into the Wall Street of the 1960's. This was the period of time most similar to the present (not identical) regarding the boom in tech stocks and new... Read morePublished on July 18, 2000 by David C Engel
OK, there can be some EXCELLENT ideas and analysis. But, he has some chapters that aren't interesting or very relevant (the book is originally from 1973). Read morePublished on May 6, 1999