No Bull

Submitted by Book Library on 31 July, 2010 - 21:27

Critical Praise for NO BULL Michael Steinhardt rode bull and bear markets to great success for himself and his investors. Since closing his fund in 1995 he has continued his successful streak in more philanthropic enterprises. But what is ultimately compelling about Steinhardt is his drive, no matter the endeavor. No Bull is a highly readable inside look into the man, his successes, and his motivations."–George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, and Chairman

The Soros Foundations Network Michael Steinhardt has written a fascinating history of his experiences in the tumultuous economic times of the last forty years. His reflections are endlessly interesting, totally candid, very instructive, moving, warm, and in many ways, inspirational. No Bull: My Life In and Out of Markets is an important resource for anyone interested in markets, the evolution of a key player, his ideas and strategies, and his deeply felt personal philosophy. Laurence A. Tisch, Co-Chairman, Loews Corporation

Michael Steinhardt has penned a joyous book about his rich (in every way) experiences on Wall Street, filled with angst . . . and reminiscent of a World of our Fathers as only Steinhardt would know. I always knew he was the world’s best money manager but I didn’t know that he could write, and he writes better than he trades!"–James J. Cramer, Markets Commentator for TheStreet.com and CNBC

Michael Steinhardt long ago earned Wall Street’s highest accolade, ‘money maker.’ With this fine memoir, he earns a new accolade, ‘story teller.’"–James Grant, Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer No Bull is a memoir rich in language, in detail, and in self-awareness. It is good that this is so because the life about which he writes demands it; it is not only a deeply complicated narrative in its own right but one that touches public issues of concern to us all. Do not be mistaken: Steinhardt is more than a money manager. Marty Peretz, Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic.

Positive Review of Book

Although I bought the book with the perception it would be a book on investing/trading techniques used by a well-respected investor, I liked it much more for what I did not expect to read. The book is basically a biography, in which he describes how his father, his religion (even tough he calls himself an atheist) and his education have had an impact on his life, in private as well as in his work.

The way he writes is entertaining, and I found myself finishing the book within only a few days. Not a book about investing. Don't buy it to improve your trading results!
Buy it for learning about the person behind stellar investment performance.

Negative Review of Book

No Bull! First impression we think it's an investment book, unfortunately this book has nothing to do with investing, it's about an autobiography of Mr. Steinhardt. The title is misrepresented since Bull represents the market, a rising stock market if you prefer, while the strategies and techniques for stock trading is not described in this book as its title pretended. If you are looking for good investment books, have a look for the books of Jesse Livermore, Nicholas Darvas and Martin Zweig, and do not forget the Market Wizards.

Author Biography

MICHAEL STEINHARDT is one of the most successful money managers in the history of Wall Street. He is also widely known for his philanthropic activities, particularly in the Jewish community—most notably as cofounder with Charles Bronfman of "birthright israel," a program whose mission is to provide a free educational opportunity for every young Jewish person of the Diaspora to visit Israel.

Table of Contents

  1. The Phone Call.
  2. Bensonhurst.
  3. The Wise Guy of Forty-Seventh Street.
  4. The Ivy League, the Army, and the Street.
  5. The Hottest Analysts on Wall Street.
  6. Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Company.
  7. Judy.
  8. Variant Perception.
  9. There and Back.
  10. Menageries and Movies.
  11. The Crash of 1987.
  12. The Steinhardt Style.
  13. Dabbing in Politics.
  14. The Worst Year of My Life.
  15. "Steinhardt Quits!
  16. The Death of My Father.
  17. Two Rivers.

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