Security Analysis: Sixth Edition, Foreword by Warren Buffett (Security Analysis Prior Editions) 6th Edition
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Benjamin Graham is considered to be the founder of value investing and taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
David L. Dodd was a colleague of Graham’s at Columbia University, where he was an assistant professor of finance.
- Item Weight : 2.54 pounds
- Hardcover : 700 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0071592539
- ISBN-13 : 978-0071592536
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 2.3 x 9.4 inches
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 6th edition (September 25, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd have written an excellent book. It's easy to follow and has an incredible amount of insight. Don't lose out on it by buying the incomplete 6th edition. The commentary and forwards provided are great in the 6th edition, but they in no way make up for the shockingly VAST amount of MISSING content.
**Shoutout to theamazing Amazon Kindle rep who helped me figure this out and take care of the issue! McGraw Hill was of ZERO help**
The ridiculous thing is that I would have gladly paid extra for the full thing in two print volumes.
In the case of the 6th edition of Security Analysis, the value is a poor one indeed. The book has been "updated" to include the commentary of some of the more well-known value investors of our age, which by itself is great. However, what the good folks over at McGraw Hill downplay is the fact they decided to remove a sizable portion of the actual text from the book, and shift it to a CD-Rom. Out of the 52 chapters that comprise this masterful work, 11 (~21% of the original text) have been omitted from the actual book, along with the appendix which houses a great deal of statistical data that adds vital context to Graham and Dodd's insightful analysis. The CD-Rom adds another layer of consumer woe to this laughable excuse of an edition. Inserting the CD in to your computer you are prompted to provide a host of information (Name, Email, etc.) to access the text that you own. On principle, I refuse to jump through these hoops just because some unscrupulous publisher thinks he can get clever on how to collect my personal information.
I guess it’s fitting that in a book that teaches you how to search for value your first test is to actually choose the version that provides the most value for your dollar. I can tell you this now; the 6th edition is not the version that does the trick. Please learn from my mistake and choose another version that does not short change you on content. As a starting point, the 2nd edition, published in 1940, is the version that Warren Buffett used when he was getting his start in the investing world.
This book is a timeless classic on investing and you will be enriched mentally and possibly even financially if you are willing to read thoughtfully and diligently. However, your journey through securities analysis will be hobbled if you only receive 4/5 of the content you purchased. To that end I would recommend a version of Security Analysis other than the 6th edition.
If you want to buy this as an item in your permanent collection, forget about it. Dont waste your money.
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My experience with reading this book has been wonderful. Not only did I pick up various specific lessons that would be valuable for my career in the stock market (particularly on behavioral biases, such as the market's tendency to value management quality twice), I also came to appreciate the various aspects about Ben Graham as a person:
The book helps you understand why Ben Graham is considered a 'man of ideas', whose investment philosophies transcend time. Decades after the various editions of this book were published, such ideas as 'speculation focuses primarily on, and attempts to profit from, the unknown future' as well as the classic 'margin of safety' would have served to prevent the dotcom or the subprime mortgage crashes. Moreover, observations such as that the P/E ratio was arbitrarily applied ('sometimes to the past, sometimes to the present, sometimes to the near future') still resonate with current practices in many markets.
Ben Graham was mathematically inclined. After all, he did elect to major in math at Columbia. Reflecting this, his writing consisted of many instructive guidelines that are both illuminating and elegantly succinct, like what you would expect of a mathematical equality. This makes it so easy for readers to quote his wisdom. Consider this sentence: 'It may be said, with some approximation to the truth, that investment is grounded on the past whereas speculation looks primarily to the future.' (although this is not a complete statement).
Ben Graham's intellectual capacity is by no means confined to quantitative analysis. A reflection of his being offered post-graduation employment in English, math and philosophy, Ben Graham eventually went on to co-write a Broadway play, develop a patented Morse-code-based system, and translate a Spanish novel. In his writing, you would find such flair of his creativity as this: 'An indefinite and approximate measure of the intrinsic value may be sufficient. To use a homely simile, it is quite possible to decide by inspection that a woman is old enough to vote without knowing her age.'
Warren Buffett was impressed by Ben when he used his own stock picks as examples in his class at Columbia, thereby revealing his trade secrets, perhaps to his financial detriment. This tendency to be so generous is reflected in the book: the 'Dean of Wall Street' was so deeply concerned with the well-being of the laymen investor in the stock market that he lashed out on Wall Street as an institution, which he himself was part of. Warren Buffett was lucky to be at the receiving end of Ben's generosity.
Note that this is still essentially a book about the technicality and psychology involved in the job of a security analyst. To obtain a more detailed picture of Ben Graham as a person, I would recommend his own Memoirs book, or The Einstein of Money by Joe Carlen.