- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (12 October 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060564148
- ISBN-13: 978-0060564148
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bull!: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004 Paperback – 12 Oct 2004
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“Mahar takes complicated topics and explains them clearly for the average reader. Her exceptional book is most highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
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“Highly readable and insightful... makes a devastating case against the contention that the market is almost perfectly efficient.” (New York Times)
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About the Author
Maggie Mahar is the author of Bull! A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982–2004, a book Paul Krugman of the New York Times said "makes a devastating case against the contention that the market is almost perfectly efficient." In his 2003 annual report, Warren Buffett recommended Bull! to Berkshire Hathaway's investors. Before becoming a financial journalist in 1982, when she began to write for Money magazine, Institutional Investor, the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Barron's, Mahar was an English professor at Yale University. She lives in New York City.
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"History does not repeat, it rhymes." I forget who said that, but it is true. Learn about the boom/bust cycles and you can profit from them when they return. Understand the cycles and maybe when the music stops you wont be the only one without a chair.
If you think the people on Wall Street are your friends, if you think CNBC is giving you good advice, if you think your 401k is a safe investment, even if you think the stock market outperforms every investment over the long run, then you really should read this book.
I particularly liked the use of headlines of the day, quotes from people of the times, and so on, because I remember lots of them from living through it. Looking back, it's like the bull market was a hurricane, sucking up huge amounts of money from junk bonds, from corporate accounting manipulations, and from individual investors to feed the storm. And to last for 20 years, even when people knew it was going to eventually pop -- wow.
Recommended, definitely. (But not to picky academics, historians, or economists; this is a book that laymen can understand and enjoy, because of the superb writing style.)
She outlines various causes of bull markets and bear markets. She analyzes investor behaviors in each part of the cycle and outlines some eery commonalities between the various events.
I believe that this book is well worth the money because it teaches you some things to look for in both bull and bear markets. She gives the names of people who strategically position themselves out of the wall street mentality and give their honest sell and buy recommendations when the market is under or over valued. I think for the few dollars you spend on this book, you might save a lot more money timing your buys and sells based on what Mahar says in this book.
I didn't give this a 5 star rating because I didn't think it was a 5 star book in my opinion.
However, I still believe its a must read book to gain some more investing knowledge.
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