Unknown to most modern-day investors and traders who cherish Reminiscences of a Stock Operator as one of the most important investment books ever written, the material first appeared in the 1920s as a series of articles and illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post. Now, for the first time ever, this beloved classic is being made available in its original, illustrated format. You'll track the exploits of Jesse Livermore as he won and lost tens of millions of dollars playing the stock and commodities markets during the early 1900s. At one point, he made the then astronomical sum of 10 million dollars in just one month of trading! Originally published as a fictionalized account, the Illustrated Edition combines the Saturday Evening Post's memorable illustrations with Edwin LeFevre's timeless investment advice, recreating the look, feel, and message that was first published more than 80 years ago. Among the most compelling and enduring pieces ever written on trading, the new Illustrated Edition brings this story to life like never before. Order your copy today.
The Classic Book, The Illustrated Edition, and The Annotated Edition
Author: Edwin Lefèvre
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
A classic collection of titles featuring one of the world'sgreatest traders: Jesse Livermore Jesse Livermore won and lost tens of millions of dollars playingthe stock and commodities markets during the early 1900s, at onepoint making ten million dollars in one month of trading—anastronomical sum for this time. His ideas and keen analyses ofmarket price movements are as true today as they were when he firstimplemented them. Now, for the first time ever, TheReminiscences of a Stock Operator Collection brings togetherthree classic titles based on this unique individual and offersprofound insights into his motivations, attitudes, andstrategies. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, the fictionalizedbiography of Jesse Livermore, has endured over seventy yearsbecause traders and investors continue to find lessons fromLivermore's experiences that they can apply to their ownendeavors Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Illustrated Editionreproduces the original articles by Edwin Lefèvre and drawingsby M.L. Blumenthal published in the Saturday Evening Post inthe 1920s Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Annotated Editionbridges the gap between Edwin Lefevre's fictionalized account ofLivermore's life and the actual, historical events, places, andpeople that populate the book. Throughout the book there are notesthat detail the actual companies, people, or situations thatLivermore encountered Engaging and informative, this collection provides a completepicture of Livermore's life and trading strategies, and offerstremendous value to today's serious investor or trader.
Critical Praise... "In my interviews with over 30 of the best traders of our time, there were some questions that I raised in each conversation. One of these was: Are there any books that you found particularly valuable and would recommend to aspiring traders? By far, the most frequent response was Reminiscences of a Stock Operator-a book that was over 70 years old!" —from the Foreword by Jack Schwager, author of Market Wizards and The New Market Wizards "Although Reminiscences.was first published some 70 years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is as timely as last summer's frenzy on the foreign exchange markets." —Worth magazine "The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefevre, first published in 1923." —The Seattle Times "The best book I've read is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. I keep a supply for people who come to work for me." —Martin Zweig "After 20 years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites." —Kenneth L. Fisher Forbes First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest speculators ever. Reminiscences remains the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever written. Generations of investors have found that it has more to teach them about themselves and other investors than years of experience in the market. This is a timeless tale that will enrich the lives-and portfolios-of today's investors as it has those of generations past.
For the first time, these two works attributed to the great Jesse Livermore are presented together in one volume with a new foreword by Juliette Rogers. Both contain interesting insights into Livermore's life and times as well as the reasons for his success. They remain classics and must reads for every new aspirant in the world of speculation. The two books in this volume were written in the early 1920s, when Livermore was already famous but still ascending to the peak of his wealth. The nightmare of World War I was fading, and the United States had successfully transitioned from a wartime economy into a peacetime powerhouse. Americans became enamored of cars, telephones, radios, and movies. A newfound fascination with celebrities extended beyond film stars and athletes to the rich and powerful. People wanted to know how Wall Street wizards like Jesse Livermore spun their magic. The first book, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre, offers keen insight while at the same time adding to the Livermore enigma. Reminiscences is the first-person narrative of a fictional speculator named Larry Livingston, whose life events happen to match precisely those of Jesse Livermore. As a financial journalist, biographer, and novelist, Edwin Lefèvre gave his readers their much-desired glimpse into the lofty world of Wall Street elites. He wrote eight other books, but none matched the success of Reminiscences, which has remained in print since 1923 and been translated into numerous languages. Even the understated former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once called it "a font of investing wisdom." In true Livermore fashion, the book itself remains something of a mystery. Specifically, over the decades many readers have wondered if the book's author was not Lefèvre, but none other than Jesse Livermore. The two men were long acquainted and may have traded useful information over the years. A 1967 biography claims that Livermore, shortly before his death, acknowledged writing Reminiscences with guidance from Lefèvre, who served as "editor and coach." This revelation came to the biographer secondhand and without confirmation, so the mystery continues. However, attentive readers may note the narrator's especially gleeful tone whenever windfalls are made or old scores are settled, suggesting a connection more personal than professional. In the years following these publications, Livermore continued to burnish his legend. A 1924 run-up in wheat prices squeezed him out of $3 million, but the following year he recovered his losses and added tremendous profit when the wheat market collapsed. Of course, in this era of modest regulation, markets were vulnerable to manipulation, and Livermore--by now nicknamed the "Great Bear of Wall Street"--did not eschew such tactics.
What could I do? That wasn't an asinine tip. It was advice that came from the brother-in-law of the chairman of the board of directors. Dan was not only Alvin Marquand's closest friend but he had been kind and generous to me. He had shown his faith in me and confidence in my word. I couldn't do less than to thank him. And so my feelings again won over my judgment and I gave in. To subordinate my judgment to his desires was the undoing of me. Gratitude is something a decent man can't help feeling, but it is for a fellow to keep it from completely tying him up. The first thing I knew I not only had lost all my profit but I owed the firm one hundred and fifty thousand dollars besides. I felt pretty badly about it, but Dan told me not to worry.
This investment classic has now been updated to include the investment strategies used my Jesse Livermore.Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is a story based on the trading career of Jesse Livermore. It follows his journey from age 15 when he made his first $1,000 to becoming a Wall Street legend. See how he learned the ins and outs of trading the hard way while losing his fortune and then making it all back. Decades after its original publication, readers are still getting tremendous value from Livermore's insight.This new edition includes a second part that reveals the exact methods that Jessie Livermore used to make millions in the stock market. These chapters were based on a series of interviews conducted by top financial writer Richard D. Wyckoff and include extensive quotes. Jesse Livermore discusses topics like: how to identify what kinds of stocks to buy and when, the psychology of trading and how to get into a winning mindset, and building a solid investment strategy that doesn't rely on trick or fads."I think it's the best book that's ever been written about stock market speculation. It's really funny, interesting, readable. The book is alive."-Michael Lewis"A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced."-William O'Neil
Edwin Lefevre (1871-1943) was an American journalist, writer, and statesman most noted for his writings on Wall Street business. An independently wealthy investor, while living in Hartsdale, New York a collection of Edwin Lefevre's short stories were published in 1901 under the title "Wall Street Stories." This was followed by several novels about money and finance until 1908 when Lefevre and his wife Martha and their children moved to a country estate in East Dorset, Vermont. During the 1909-1913 presidency of William Howard Taft, Edwin Lefevre was appointed an Ambassador of the United States, serving in a number of countries including Italy, Spain, and France. When his diplomatic career ended, he returned to his home in Vermont where he resumed his literary work, providing short stories for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and writing novels. Of the eight books authored by Edwin Lefevre his Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is considered a must-read classic by most anyone involved in the American financial community. The book began as a series of twelve articles published between 1922 and 1923 in The Saturday Evening Post. It is written as first-person fiction, telling the story of a professional stock trader on Wall Street. While published as fiction, it is generally accepted to be the biography of stock market whiz Jesse Livermore. In 1925, Lefevre came out with a second book about a stock trader, a factual biography with the title "The making of a Stockbroker." This book was about John K. Wing, a senior partner of Bronson and Barnes, a major Boston stockbrokerage, whose approach to the business provided a contrast to that of Jesse Livermore. On his passing in 1943, Edwin Lefevre's estate in East Dorset, Vermont (near Manchester) was passed to his widow. Built in 1812, it was the first home in the United States made with marble quarried right on the property. Eldest son, Edwin Lefevre, Jr. (b. 1902), who too worked on Wall Street, inherited the home and completely restored it in 1968 when he retired there. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their second son, Reid Lefevre (b. 1904), was the founder of the travelling carnival know as the "King Reid Show" and a politician. He was elected to the Vermont General Assembly, serving as a member of the House of Representatives from 1947 to 1959 and the state Senate from 1961 to 1963.
"An excellent read." —Ace Greenberg, Chairman, Bear Stearns Richard Smitten's Jesse Livermore is the first full biography ofthe legendary trader profiled in the bestselling Reminiscencesof a Stock Operator (Wiley: 0-471-05970-6). Although he diedmore than half a century ago, Livermore is considered by today'stop traders as the greatest trader who ever lived. An enigmaticloner, misanthrope, and notorious miser, Livermore revolutionizedthe profession with his innovative timing techniques, moneymanagement strategies, and high-momentum approach to tradingstocks. Smitten provides a vivid portrait of Livermore and thetimes in which he lived and operated. He deftly combines eyewitnessaccounts of those who knew Livermore with fascinating stories ofsensational love affairs, shootings, and suicides, and a detailedexploration of the trading strategies that made Livermore severalfortunes in his lifetime. Richard Smitten (Key West, FL) is the author of severalbooks, including The Godmother, the critically acclaimedstory of a famous woman criminal.
"I led the conversation round to Wall Street and incidentally said I didn't know which was easier for a man, to be a fool or to make money in the stock-market. I... had always found folly extremely easy-but successful stock speculation infinitely easier." -from "The Panic of the Lion" This collection of four interrelated short stories relates the doings of the Plunder Recovery Syndicate, a group of men who take it upon themselves to relieve financial villains of their extravagant wealth. Satirical and provocative, these tales are as fresh and entertaining today, in chaotic economic times, as they surely were when first published in 1912. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Lefevre's The Golden Flood. American journalist EDWIN LEFEVRE (1871-1943) also authored the short fiction collected in Wall Street Stories (1901), the novel Sampson Rock of Wall Street (1906), and the based-on-fact Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923).