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This book is completely interactive with over 10 hours of video content that compliments each chapter.  It is the result of over 2 years of research on Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett.  I hope you enjoy the read and thank you so much for your interest!
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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Pylon Publishing (June 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982967624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982967621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preston Pysh is the founder of the Pylon Holding Company. graduated from West Point with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Upon graduation, he attended flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he became rated in the AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter. Preston was also a Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Preston is the bestselling author of, The Diary of a West Point Cadet, Warren Buffett's Three Favorite Books, Warren Buffett Accounting Book, and a Summary of The Intelligent Investor. His wide range of writing has been featured on a diverse host of networks like Comedy Central and the History Channel.

He is the founder of the Pylon Holding Company and the host of www.TheInvestorsPodcast.com. The company is the parent organization of the popular website www.BuffettsBooks.com. His videos on financial investing have been viewed by millions of people around the world.

Preston is married to his lovely wife, Demi, and they proudly raise their two nieces, Kelly and Jenny, and their son Tyler. In his free time, he enjoys camping, golfing, tennis, and any type of outdoor activity.

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182 of 207 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Kerkeslager on October 5, 2012
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Not since, "The 4-Hour Work Week" have I been so disappointed in a book.

Warren Buffet should be incensed that his name was used to sell this book. The book touts itself as, "A Guide to The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis, and The Wealth of Nations". As to the last ... one chapter, consisting of 2.5 pages, which most accurately states, "Since the book you are reading is geared toward individual investing, I haven't found the right place to discuss Smith's famous macroeconomic principles." He really doesn't. Half of the chapter(ette) is a short story about his children, and the rest is a bit of biography of Smith that you can find on Wikipedia. Clearly, "The Wealth of Nations" was just included as a pretext to throw Warren Buffett's name into the title.

The lead on Amazon states that, "... This book is concise (182 pages) ..." Well yes, if you count 16 blank pages and 6 pages of lined paper for note taking, and every page of biography, publishing information, acknowledgements, etc. Concise is misleading. Book may be misleading. The bio states that Pysh is the founder of Pylon Holding Company, and the book is published by Pylon Publishing. I wish I had known that ahead of time. It is rife with grammatical errors ("loose" instead of "lose", being the most annoying). Perhaps the back cover reviews should have been a clue - one by a professor of business (acceptable but little known), the other by the CEO of "Candemia" - which turns out to be a three-person company.

What is Pysh's own expertise? Is he an economics professor? Does he run a hedge fund or mutual fund or anything but Pylon Publishing? It seems not. Yet the book is filled with his own advice on how to invest, with no better qualification than that he wrote a book. While I agree that he does cover some complex subjects in simple terms, I just don't believe that I made an "intelligent investment" when I bought this book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By An Hoang Le on December 1, 2013
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I have finished read this book in 2 days weekend, and honestly, it's not about the price of the book (affordable), it's was the value of the book brought to me per price (for me, with out a doubt, is pretty low).

I found nothing new or a stunning discover in the book. But I guest the purpose of the author is providing a concise understanding/education on investing in the "right way". Overall, for many fresh investor it may a good start, but I prefer Buffettology of Mary Buffett over this book for beginner.

Except for the chapter about Adam Smith and "The Wealth of Nations", the book as it's clearly stated, limits but not fully decoded itself on the "cigarbutt approach" - Graham way , and missed a critical part of Fisher way - the part that made Buffett become the billionaire we know today
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Phan on July 2, 2012
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Even for someone familiar with the concepts discussed in the book, I found it refreshingly accessible and useful.

I bought the Kindle version of this book, which comes with links to the author's webpage that includes other learning aids. I highly recommend the book for the following reasons:

1. The technical concepts are accurately explained, so readers are getting an excellent discussion of basic finance and investing.

2. The style of the book is conversational (it covers complicated concepts such as bond value/interest rate relationships from the simple story of Billy's Lemonade Stand) and non-technical.

3. It marries the nuts and bolts of a business model with investing. It disabuses anyone from thinking of investing as another form of gambling.

4. The progression from simple to sophisticated concepts is well paced and with the online resources, forms a good self-study program.

In the age of the television financial high priest whose claim to legitimacy is achieved by deepening the mystery of investing, Mr. Pysc has written a down-to-earth book that everyone who has a pension account, a college savings fund or brokerage account should read. At the very least, it would allow one to ask intelligent questions of our financial advisors.
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33 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Rich on June 4, 2012
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I would give this book 10 stars if I could!

After reading several other books from Amazon on stock investing I was left out in the cold - most books seems to give you a lot of qualitative information and only touch on important ratios and data with no real background as to why.

This book uses a KISS (Keep It Simple...) format to convey a lot of priceless information to the reader - this takes the complexity and bore out of essential topics you need to cover to truly understand investing in the market from the bottom up.

I realized that prior to reading this book my own strategies for investing were little more than speculation and since getting the solid foundation this book offered me I have been able to identify stocks in solid companies that were undervalued and have reaped the returns.

The books is even backed up with top quality videos for every chapter on the authors website. I really can't say enough good things about it what more could you want & at a bargain price!!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Haynes on January 21, 2013
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The title of this book is misleading. Simply put, it's just not a guide to the three books mentioned. One would expect a guide book to thoroughly break down the more difficult books mentioned and explain them to the reader. Otherwise, any book on value investing could call itself a guide to any other book on value investing. Having said that, what this book does attempt to do is serve as a very elementary introduction to value investing. In fact, that's what the author should have titled the book: "An Elementary Introduction to Value Investing." Why this title? First, the author makes only cursory mention of "The Wealth of Nations", so there is absolutely no reason for it to be one of the books mentioned on the cover. Next, the author mixes different approaches to value investing. For example, although he is talking about Graham's books, he never mentions net-net stocks, a favorite of Graham. Yet, he talks about companies needing good long term prospects, very much a Buffett approach (which he got from Philip Fisher ("Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits") by way of Charles Munger). At the same time, the author is mentioning (without attribution) ideas from other modern financial authors. For example, his discussion on assets vs. liabilities is all Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad."

So, despite the misleading title, if you have never read a book on value investing then this book serves as a decent introduction. It is short and concise and breaks down key concepts into the most elementary language possible, often using easy to understand stories to illustrate the principles. This book is probably most appropriate for a young adult that you want to introduce to value investing.
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