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on September 1, 2015
Daniel Strachman should be thrown in jail for writing such a terrible book. He writes as if he never attended grammar school and could not pass a first graders literature test. His writing is offensive and utterly atrocious. This is by far the worst written investing book that I have ever read. It's a complete insult to Julian Robertson and any of the tiger cub members. Please do not buy this book and support the clear negligence of the author. I feel like I have been robbed of my money. I hate you Danile Strachman. Please do us all a favor and NEVER write anything ever again.
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on March 13, 2005
Perhaps one of the worst biographies ever.

First, I must say the author's writing skills are incredibly weak. I'd describe it as a cross between the Andrew-Dice-Clay-School-of-One-Liners and the Hiliary-Clinton-School-of-Creative-Writing. He often makes bold short statements (which eventually the reader discovers are nothing more than platitudes) followed up by little color, wit, or illustration of his fact findings.

Secondly, it is very clear that the author's research was superficial, which invites broad generalizations while brushing aside many potentially interesting areas of Robertson's life. The author claims that Robertson is a "complex man", but then fails to even introduce his personality traits, insightful conflicts within, or friends/family who may understand differing facets of the man.

In describing the man's life, the author's poor writing skills and lack of research combine. In perhaps as little as a few paragraph, the author sweeps past Robertson's sabbatical to New Zealand in 1979-80 as a back-to-the-basic-spend-time-with-the-family escape. Apparently, a reflection point in his life, the author carelessly mentions that Robertson couldn't stay away from the market during this time off. So, what happened? Facts missing here were, for example, that Robertson built a beautiful private golf course called Kauri Cliffs 2 hours north of Auckland and hand-picked the architects, employees, geography, etc. It took him years to complete and challenged him in real estate development, foreign politics, and business development issues.

Finally, the author is a self-described asset management advisor. But, he clearly lacks the understanding of how hedge funds leverage or take offseting positions. In order to stay long-and-short, there are complex delta-gamma strategies, ongoing adjustments, and advanced mathematical models. Synthetic positions and derivatives play a much more integrated part of a hedge fund's daily analysis and eventual success that just what you see on TV. Also, many times Tiger is taking multi-layered volatility, vega, positions concurrently in markets, which are non-directional. Moreover, DCF or market-multiple corporate valuation skills are significantly different than the assessments of supply/demand of commodity trading.

In summary, all I can ask is "where's the beef?" I hope someone better and more experienced will write another biography of this subject matter. Robertson is clearly a worthy read and interesting topic. Its just that this author failed in each and every regard to help us understand Robertson.
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on February 9, 2014
Access to the quarterly letters were worth it on their own. This book gave a good idea as to the macro investment thesis that Julian was working off year by year.
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on June 7, 2013
I am very interested in the markets and Julian Robertson is a legend but this book did not keep my attention and I had to put it down before I could finish it.
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on July 15, 2015
Incredible Book
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on February 27, 2005
Rather, it should be thrown aside with great force.

Pointless, mostly hagiographic recycling of the various articles on Julian Robertson.

Unlike, say Lowenstein on Buffett, or Manes & Andrews on Gates, you will not find a comprehensive, insightful biography, nor any thoughtful discussion of the processes of investing and building a money management business.

That book remains to be written, and deserves to be.
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on August 30, 2004
It is overall a readable book. However the inconsistency in data and many typos indicate that this is not a book based thorough research. The author and editors probably have rushed to get it published.

There are many places where it should be "than" instead of "then". On page 173 it says "In 1999, while the Nasdaq Composite rose more than 80 percent, Tiger was down nearly 18 percent". Next on page 174, "And 1999, of course, was worse. Tiger lost 19 percent, a firm 40 percent behind the S&P 500". On page 253, in the Tiger record table, 1999 return is "19.0", with the sign missing. How could the author even have the performance numbers wrong?
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on December 27, 2013
Great book, one of the most if not the most successful hedge fund manager of all time. This is a great book for anyone interested in the industry.
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