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Take control of risk . . . before it takes control of you

Don't like uncertainty? Doubt makes you nervous? Most people are averse to it, but risk is unavoidable to the serious investor. In this groundbreaking book, Curtis Faith helps you not only form a truce with risk, but actually make it your ally.

One of Chicago's famed Turtle traders, Faith credits his group's unprecedented trading success with its mastery over the psychology of risk. In Inside the Mind of the Turtles, he explains how to view risk as an asset-and invest accordingly. Covering his own techniques, plus those of other traders, speculators, hedge-fund billionaires, and venture capitalists, Faith teaches you the seven rules for mastering risk:

  • Overcome fear
  • Remain flexible
  • Take reasoned risks
  • Prepare to be wrong
  • Focus on market realities
  • Respond to change quickly and decisively
  • Concentrate on decisions, not outcomes

Only those who can control their fear of risk will move forward in the investing world. This has never been truer than it is in today's topsy-turvy global economy. Read Inside the Mind of the Turtles and never again hide inside your shell in the face of risk.

About the Author

Curtis Faith is the author of the bestselling Way of the Turtle. In his early twenties, Faith earned more than $30 million as a member of the Chicago trading group, the Turtles. He founded several software and high-tech startups, including a public company and an Inc. 500 firm.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071602437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071602433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. M. Wooden on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read three of the "Turtle" books, two by Curtis Faith and one (Complete Turtle Trader) by Michael Covel. And, the other two were just much better in many ways than "Inside the Mind of the Turtles." I was expecting this book to cover the idea of risk in trading from the "Turtle" perspective, and while some digressions into other types of risk (skydiving, emergency rooms, business start-ups) are fine, Faith spends way too much time on these subjects. Obviously, to some degree, they are related to risk in trading, but I would like to have read more about market risk management than spending more than half the book on these slightly-off-topics which have not-quite-enough relevance.
One other thing that bothered me is organization of the book. Faith often lists 3 or 4 bullet points which are easy enough to understand, but then goes into more detail than necessary explaining each point. The entire book is structured like this, and due to the topics mentioned above, the stories of personal success, as well as the structure, I felt like I was reading someone's self-glorifying high-school essay.
To be fair, Faith does stick with the topic of risk and I did get a little bit of useful information, but this book is just nothing compared to the other two "Turtle" books. They are more well-written, more informative, more useful, and more fun to read. This one was kind of a disappointment.
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Format: Hardcover
I am torn writing this review. As an aspiring author myself I understand what it takes to put a book together. You give your life to the text and spend hours looking for exactly the right word to use at the right place. At least this is what I do....

This book was poorly written and provided very little information that was relevant to the title. The author provided explanations about your other business adventures that were not related to trading. I bought the book because your "claim" to fame is the most successful Turtle. Certainly providing more detail about your trading experience would have made for a better read. After all your trading experience is what we want to know about - not other exploits.

The book touts the names of other Turtles - ones that are actively managing money now. I expected quotes and insights from these people. What I got was 10 - 15 word quotes that could have been found in magazines or other places. There was nothing new in this book - or insights from other traders.

Traders and aspiring traders should use their time on another text. I got very little out of this book and I would not recommend it to anyone else.
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Format: Hardcover
I was happy to see this book, having greatly enjoyed, admired, and learned from Faith's first book, "Way of the Turtle." I was looking to learn more about risk and risk management in both investing and in gambling (poker). When I thumbed through the book and examined the contents, I thought it would be just what I was looking for.

The book disappoints. While it does deliver 7 rules for handling uncertainty and risk, and provides what I consider to be a superior definition of risk, overall it falls well short of what I hoped for.

Some specifics. First, lots of the book is not about trading or handling risk in investing, which is Faith's claim to fame. It meanders into and out of various subjects. In Faith's mind--and his intent for this book--I think the common thread is that all the stories are tied together in that they involve uncertainty and risk. Well, lots of life's decisions involve risk, so he's right about that. But as soon as he wandered into non-trading subjects, the quality of writing plunged, became almost like a high-school term paper rather than the observations of a mature and polished professional.

Second, I use words like "meanders" deliberately. About a dozen times throughout the book, I suddenly realized the subject had changed, segued from, say, trading into entrepreneurship. More than once I had to check to see whether two pages had stuck together and I had inadvertently jumped ahead and missed a transition. That was disconcerting. No pages had ever stuck together. Rather, the author just changed subjects without warning or transition.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a horrible book. It was so bad that I HAD to write a review (1st time) so that others wouldn't be scammed by the misleading title.

This is one of those books that the proverb, "You can't judge a book by it's cover" was said about. The title should have been, "Pointless Ramblings of a Former Turtle." I completely agree with the other reviews except where they give the book 3 stars (or higher). They were being generous (3 stars generous).

I'm not even sure how this book got published - oh yeah to scam you out of money because you believe there will be semblance to the title - there isn't.
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This book by one of the few Turtles who didn't make it big, is just a long monologue on the author's view of risk. There are some good points and things to think about but it's mostly a lot of words around a few simple principles. It's a real disappointment. I had to give up after four chapters.
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