When Benjamin Graham died at 82, he was one of the great legends of Wall Street: brilliant, succesful, ethical-the man who invented the discipline of security analysis. Time has only enhanced his reputation, with disciples such as billionaire investor Warren Buffet’s continuing to praise Graham and crediting his work in their own successes. Now, 20 years after his death, his memoirs are reaching the public at last. Graham’s story is a hugely satisfying chronicle of one of the richest and most eventful lives of the century. Here is a life that will captivate Wall Streeters and history buffs alike. Graham recounts his immigrant childhood in old New York-his excellent education in the city’s public schools and on scholarship at Columbia University-the first crucial deal in his professional life-the devastating effects of the Crash of ’29-and the tactics that helped him and his clients survive the Depression. Graham’s fascinating account also encompasses his bold efforts at currency reform-his involvement with such towering figures as FDR, Churchill, Eisenhower, and Baruch-and looks at how success took its toll on his marriage and family life.
From Publishers Weekly
both still in print.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Graham has been called the father of financial analysis, and his strategy of value investing is enthusiastically touted by no less than investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett. Graham’s principles have been popularized in numerous editions of his Intelligent Investor. His Security Analysis (now Graham and Dodd’s Security Analysis, 1988) is a treasure in more ways than one; copies of the 1934 first edition have sold for as much as $7,500. (Check your stacks!) Graham died in 1976, but when he was in his 60s and 70s he had written an account of his life, called Things I Remember. Seymour Chatman, from the University of California at Berkeley, has edited Graham’s reminiscences and provides a lengthy introduction to them. They focus on Graham’s first 40 years and provide a highly personal look at the influences on Graham’s life. David Rouse
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