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The Way of the Warrior-Trader: The Financial Risk-Taker's Guide to Samurai Courage, Confidence and Discipline Hardcover – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786311630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786311637
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Richard McCall, a psychologist who teaches martial arts principles to professionals, turns his attention exclusively to the fiscal battlefield in The Way of the Warrior-Trader: The Financial Risk- Taker's Guide to Samurai Courage, Confidence and Discipline. Likening today's high-performance traders to Japan's legendary samurai, he combines personal anecdotes with success stories to show why the mind is the most important weapon in both arsenals--and how it can best be used in battle.

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Customer Reviews

This books gives no actual strategies or quick ways to make lots of money!
B. B. Lindley
Due to this format and the author's writing style this book has not only been the most helpful for me, but the easiest to read and most entertaining.
David G.
If you are new to trading, read Trading in the Zone, read The Market Wizards, and come back to this book when you have some experience.
J. Stead

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By BSXX on May 31, 2004
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is also one of the most useful books I have ever read. I have traded futures for a couple years now and in the past 3 months I have decided to try to pick up my game. I have read Reminiscenses of a Stock Operator, Market Wizards, the New Market Wizards, High Probability Trading, and a few others. I am nearly finished reading Trading in the Zone by Douglas (a great book). I bought all of these from Amazon.com based on the reviews I have read here. I have learned much from all of these books and recommend all of them without reservation.
"The Way of the Warrior-Trader", however, is definitely unique. And I don't mean that it is simply an interesting novelty, it is much, much deeper than that. This book transcends trading and yet, at the same time, I think it is a more pertinent book for most traders than all of the above (in my opinion Trading in the Zone is equal to this book for traders, but it has a narrower focus). The other books tell you how others succeeded, but this book prepares YOU to enter the fray with the proper motivation and battlefield psychology.
PLEASE don't think this is just another mushy self-help, positive thinking book. Far from it, this is a reality-based, purpose-driven book that prepares you for the dangers and potential rewards that lie ahead. He eschews the typical shallow and covetous motivational approach, and takes a much deeper and much more effective "way". One that will not sound like every other "Retire rich in 3 years!!" book that you will forget 30 seconds after you finish the book.
This book is about more than trading, it is about risk-taking in general, be it financial, personal, physical, emotional, etc.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey N. Ward on November 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am loathe to buy trading books that are not written by full time traders, but made an exception for this one and am very glad I did. After finding it difficult to get through Musashi's Five Rings and The Unfettered Mind, this book described the Samurai philosophy very clearly. Not only that, but the author has worked with enough traders that he connects the two quite nicely. Upon completion of a trading book my first thought is, 'Was it worth the money?' In this case I would have paid three times what I paid for this book. I hope to take one of the authors seminars when my children are a little older.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a technical analysis/trading systems book "junkie", having bought most of the major titles in the trading genre (and I've tried to use a bunch as well!). If I had to cull down my trading psychology titles down to one or two titles, I'd probably choose "Market Wizards" and this title. I especially like his A.C.T.I.O.N. plan upon which the book is organized, because it outlines a framework through which one can get into the hallowed mental "zone" that so many other authors love to talk about, but so few give solid methodology to achieve. It was the best kind of book: an easy read, but I became a better trader afterward. Well worth the money.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good starting point for those unfamiliar with "The Way of the Warrior". Although it is for the "warrior-trader", the principles McCall writes about are applicable for everyone. If you apply the methods described in this book, you will definitely see an improvement in your life and also your trading.
As a martial arts instructor, McCall of course knows a lot about the principles he writes about. However, his comparative lack of knowledge of trading shows and the book is weakest in the parts where he attempts to describe how to apply those principles to trading.
The beginning chapters are better written than the last few chapters. The author prefaces everything with "The Way of Warrior..." and uses "warrior this" and "warrior that" over and over again which gets rather tiresome. It should be understood that when reading a book entitled "The Way of the Warrior-Trader", the principles contained within are those of "the Way of the Warrior". Zen meditation, the central concept of this book is well described and easily understandable and applicable for those who have never meditated before. However, deeper understanding of the techniques of Zen meditation should be obtained by reading other books such as "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind".
Still, you should definitely read this book to understand the importance of self-discipline and self-mastery not only in successful trading, but in all aspects of life. Other books to read that further explore this subject are:
Trading in the Zone- Mark Douglas (for more specifically applicable trading psychology)
Art of War- Sun Tzu and The Book of Five Rings- Miyamoto Musashi (for more on warrior principles and tactics)
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind- (for more on zen meditation).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David G. on April 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've read several books on the market related to trading psychology and found "The Way of the Warrior Trader" to be the best for me.
Subsequent to reading this book I developed an interest in Zen and Taoism which I continue to research. This book, however, is still superior from a trader's point of view.
The lessons imparted in this book have been particularly valuable in helping to "Pull the trigger" and maintain a balanced mental state while trading. This book also serves to offer many valuable insights which inspire the trader to continually improve.
The format for each chapter of this book has 3 parts. Part one is an introduction by way of Samurai legend. Part 2 offers the main teaching lesson. Part 3 involves how the lessons of this chapter have helped improve the performance of a particular trader.
Due to this format and the author's writing style this book has not only been the most helpful for me, but the easiest to read and most entertaining.
Any serious trader, I believe, should continually try to improve his/her performance. I also believe that a trader should read more than one book related to trading psychology, but if I had to choose one this would be it. For me, a few chapters of this book were worth much more than the price of this book.
Trade Hard!
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