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The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street Paperback – February 8, 2011

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“Do we really need yet another book about the financial crisis? Yes, we do ― because this one is different. Fox’s book is not an idle exercise in intellectual history, which makes it a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mess we’re in.” (Paul Krugman, New York Times Book Review)

“Justin Fox is a truly insightful fellow who can see things with his own eyes―a rare, very rare attribute.” (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan)

“A fascinating historical narrative.” (Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post)

“This wise and witty book is must reading for anyone who wonders what makes financial markets tick. Even those who have wrestled with this question for years will be glad to have read Fox’s compelling history.” (Peter Bernstein, author of Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk)

“His analysis is singularly compelling, and the rare business history that reads like a thriller... A must-read for anyone interested in the markets, our economy or government, this dense but spellbinding work brings modern finance and economics to life.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A lucid, lively and learned account.” (Barron's)

“Fox makes business history thrilling.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“Impressively broad and richly researched.” (Financial Times)

“...a rich history of the world’s most seductive investing idea...the book chronicles the rise of rational market theory over the decades and captures the sizzle and pop of the intellectual debate ...” (Bloomberg)

“Good wonky fun.” (Barry Ritholz, The Big Picture blog)

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The financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent Great Recession demolished many cherished beliefs--most significantly, the theory that financial markets always get things right. Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market explains where that idea came from, and where it went wrong. As much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk, it also brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing--from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamities of today. It's a tale featuring professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house at blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a story of free-market capitalism's war with itself.

--Barron's

Product details

  • ASIN : 0060599030
  • Publisher : Harper Business; Reprint edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780060599034
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060599034
  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.94 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 158 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Devastation deconstruction of the so-called "Rational" market
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4.0 out of 5 stars the best research oriented book ever read
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