The Alchemy of Finance

  • by George Soros
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Soros is unquestionably the most powerful and profitable investor in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "The Man Who Moves the Markets," Soros has made a billion dollars going up against the British pound. Now, in The Alchemy of Finance, he shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.


What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary...inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic." (Wall Street Journal)
"Breathtakingly brilliant." (Esquire)


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Customer Reviews

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Soros explains early on that the book will not explain how to make money in the stock market. This is quite true. As mentioned by others, he expounds on his Theory of Reflexivity, without really enlightening the reader. He states, for instance, that market movements cannot be studied scientifically, because the market movements themselves affect future movements and the observers are also participants (traders). Yet there are vast areas of studies (eg. Chaos theory, differential equations, dynamic systems analysis) that deal with just such topics and systems. None of these is explored or even mentioned. One quickly realizes that Soros lacks the scientific background to develop or even reasonably explain the vague generalities that comprise his "theory". Anyone with a passing interest in the functioning and movements of the stock market will not be enlightened by this tome.
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- Jonathan

Interesting but not new

George Soros comes across as a pompous billionaire who lacks the technical skills required to express his grandiouse 'Theory of Reflexivity' in general terms. However, the book did provide an interesting view of George Soros' career and some of the manias and panics he has profited from over the last few decades.

The book 'Manias, Panics, and Crashes' by Charles Kindleberger covers the same material and is easier and more enjoyable to read.
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- Joel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2001
  • Publisher: Wiley Audio