Soros: The Life, Ideas, and Impact of the World's Most Influential Investor

Soros: The Life, Ideas, and Impact of the World's Most Influential Investor

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by Robert Slater
     
 

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"A penniless survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary, George Soros is now one of the richest men in the world, and Robert Slater does an excellent job of helping us understand how Soros did it. . . . Slater distinguishes Soros from other great investors by explaining his mental processes . . . . He explains how Soros views markets as chaotic, not efficient, and

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"A penniless survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary, George Soros is now one of the richest men in the world, and Robert Slater does an excellent job of helping us understand how Soros did it. . . . Slater distinguishes Soros from other great investors by explaining his mental processes . . . . He explains how Soros views markets as chaotic, not efficient, and very prone to boom-bust sequences. . . . Slater has written a fascinating volume."--Barron's

The highly acclaimed bestseller updated to reveal Soros' role in our new economic and political era

As a financial genius, global philanthropist, political activist, man of conscience, and the world's only investor with his own foreign policy--it cannot be denied that Soros is an enigmatic man of enormous influence. For more than four decades he has been so successful that he has been accused of directing the course of global markets and shaping the destinies of nations.

Now, in this exhaustively updated and expanded edition of his 1996 bestseller, biographer Robert Slater separates fact from fiction to get at the truth about the mysterious figure of George Soros. Working from extensive interviews with Soros and those closest to him, Slater combines compelling biographical detail with scrupulous analysis to:

  • Detail how Soros made his billions as a global currency trader and stock operator
  • Chronicle his role in bringing down communism and establishing open societies to Eastern Europe and the former USSR
  • Demystify Soros's macroeconomic approach to investing and his oft-misunderstood theory of reflexivity
  • Explore his fanatical obsession with unseating George W. Bush in 2004 and his growing involvement with left-wing political activist groups
  • Reveal George Soros's strategies for surviving and thriving in the chaos of today's credit markets

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Library Journal

This is Slater's 1994 bio of Soros, with its contents "refreshed" and another 25 percent or so of updated material added. Slater, who gained greater cooperation from and access to Soros and his colleagues for this edition, continues to portray him as a man of contradictions, a Jewish Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust who is ambivalent about his religious roots and makes public pronouncements but appears shy of publicity. A fabulously successful pioneer in hedge funds, Soros says he regrets not becoming a philosopher. Slater ascribes much of Soros's trading success to his ability to recognize economic trends, jump on them aggressively, and retreat when wrong before suffering irretrievable losses. He explains that Soros has emerged, since 1994, more focused on philanthropy and changing the world. Soros has donated over $5 billion to various causes and, says Slater, became active in American politics owing to his opposition to the Bush administration. It is only since 1994 that Soros has come close to fulfilling his ambition to be considered a man of ideas. Unfortunately, Slater's post-1994 section seems rushed or tacked on, and his subject's personal life remains in shadows. Nonetheless, Soros's stature makes Slater's work a required and recommended purchase for all libraries.
—Lawrence Maxted

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071608459
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
01/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
818,968
File size:
935 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Slater is the bestselling author of 30 books, including Jack Welch and the GE Way, Saving Big Blue, The Eye of the Storm, and Microsoft Rebooted.

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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
George Soros is a fascinating personality. As one of the greatest investors in history, he is worth studying for his investment ideas alone. But Soros has never dwelled on his incredible trading success or his astounding income. Instead, he has sought recognition for his worldwide philanthropies. Robert Slater intelligently presents the story of this complicated, controversial and quick-witted billionaire. His account includes details about Soros's investment strategies and achievements, as well as his vast philanthropic projects. getAbstract considers this an intriguing biography of one of the century's most interesting investors and social philosophers - a remarkably complex self-made man.