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Michael K. Farr’s The Arrogance Cycle is not just a valuable story about investing today, but also lessons and principles rooted in human history that portend to how we live and life’s outcome.  Indeed, if our generation leaves our kids with this country’s deficit, we will justifiably be judged history’s most arrogant. 
 —Michael Armstrong, former Chairman and CEO AT&T

Michael Farr is one of the smartest people I know, and in The Arrogance Cycle he’s put forward a terrifying thesis: Markets aren’t always as rational as we assume. What can you do to protect yourself? Read it. This is a genuinely deep book. 
 —Tucker Carlson

“The Arrogance Cycle is a must read cautionary tale. The book provides important insights into not just how to be a better investor but, more importantly, the value of humility as a
human virtue.”
—Robert S. Silberman, Chairman and CEO, Strayer University

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What is the Arrogance Cycle? We’ve just lived through it. As market bubbles build, our confidence level rises (dis)proportionately. Everyone wants in on the action. We want to believe Wall Street, and once we do, the inevitable happens. Like Dr. Frankenstein who breathed life into inanimate flesh, investment professionals sought ever more novel ways to create wealth. The only problem was that it was all artificial. In this book, Michael K. Farr examines the forces at work on individuals and markets and explains in clear, concise layman’s terms how we got where we are.
 
Farr focuses on individual factors—such as
rampant consumerism, a sense of entitlement, narcissism, resentment toward the upper class—that combined to create the perfect economic storm. By consulting with leading psychologists and relaying first-hand experience with investment clients, he provides a case study of the arrogant investor.
Farr reviews such failed enterprises as Enron, AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns and the illegal activities of Bernie Madoff and others through the lens of arrogance. By shedding light on those disasters, he offers a means to detect the insidious presence of arrogance so that in the future we can contain the damage before it spreads.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076276435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762764358
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Farr has really hit the nail on the head this time!! Clear and concise writing that give great advice and what goes behind that thinking. It doesn't preach to you, it teaches you!!
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A BOOK ON THE STOCK-MARKET IS NOT SOMETHING I WOULD ORDINARILY PICK UP TO READ ON A SUMMER AFTERNOON. HOWEVER, I MUST ADMIT THE TITLE (judging a book by its cover!), THE ARROGANCE CYCLE, MADE ME PEER CURIOUSLY INSIDE. WHAT GREETED ME IN THE FIRST CHAPTER WAS A TOTAL SURPRISE: GRAMMAR, COMPOSITION, LITERARY REFERENCES, A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE STOCK-MARKET AND ITS PLAYERS, THE QUICK HISTORY OF MONEY, THE INSIDER STORIES AND GOINGS-ONS OF A CORPORATE WORLD GONE MAD. I BOUGHT THE BOOK, AND IT TOOK ME ON A TWO-DAY SPEED-READ INTERRUPTED ONLY BY EMERGENCIES OF DAILY LIVING. THE PERSONAL ANECDOTES, INTERSPERSED WITH THE LINKING THREAD OF RAW COURAGE TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE, ARE THE LOVELIEST BITS IN THE BOOK. THE NUMBERS, CHARTS AND STOCK-MARKET LINGO - ESPECIALLY IN CHAPTER 8 - ARE THE ONLY PLACES YOU CAN CATCH YOUR BREATH. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO CAN READ AND COMPREHEND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. IT WILL EDUCATE YOU, IT WILL GIVE YOU PAUSE, IT WILL MAKE YOU CHUCKLE IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BRING A TOUCH OF HUMILITY TO YOUR EVERYDAY.
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THIS BOOK IS MORE THEN A VALUABLE STORY. YOU CAN USE THIS A TOOL FOR FUTURE INVESTMENTS. IT WILL
MAKE YOU A SMARTER INVESTOR AS WELL AS GIVING YOU IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOURSELF IN THIS
DOWN ECONOMY. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO MICHAEL FARR THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO GIVE US YOUR INSIGHTS.
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