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Until now, the brilliant methods and tactics that world-renowned investor and hedge fund king George Soros used to amass billions have remained a closely-guarded secret. In Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, renowned biographer and former Time reporter Robert Slater has looked behind closed doors to reveal the unique philosophy and investment strategies that have given thi Until now, the brilliant methods and tactics that world-renowned investor and hedge fund king George Soros used to amass billions have remained a closely-guarded secret. In Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, renowned biographer and former Time reporter Robert Slater has looked behind closed doors to reveal the unique philosophy and investment strategies that have given this Hungarian-born billionaire enormous influence over world financial markets. This intimate and insightful biography examines Soros� extraordinary life, his outspoken opinions, and the hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropy that have made George Soros an influential business, social, and political figure throughout Eastern Europe and the world.


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Until now, the brilliant methods and tactics that world-renowned investor and hedge fund king George Soros used to amass billions have remained a closely-guarded secret. In Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, renowned biographer and former Time reporter Robert Slater has looked behind closed doors to reveal the unique philosophy and investment strategies that have given thi Until now, the brilliant methods and tactics that world-renowned investor and hedge fund king George Soros used to amass billions have remained a closely-guarded secret. In Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, renowned biographer and former Time reporter Robert Slater has looked behind closed doors to reveal the unique philosophy and investment strategies that have given this Hungarian-born billionaire enormous influence over world financial markets. This intimate and insightful biography examines Soros� extraordinary life, his outspoken opinions, and the hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropy that have made George Soros an influential business, social, and political figure throughout Eastern Europe and the world.

30 review for Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, the Life, Times and Trading Secrets of the World's Greatest Investor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dumitru Condrea

    Having finished the book, I must conclude that a biography endorsed by Soros himself instead would've probably been a better choice. Since this "Unauthorized Biography" is the only one I've read, however, I can't and won't include any comparisons with other works about the renowned investor. My first issue with "The Unauthorized Biography" is its fragmentary structure. Some events, such as George Soros' 1992 attack on the British pound, receive more attention, to the point that the author dumps t Having finished the book, I must conclude that a biography endorsed by Soros himself instead would've probably been a better choice. Since this "Unauthorized Biography" is the only one I've read, however, I can't and won't include any comparisons with other works about the renowned investor. My first issue with "The Unauthorized Biography" is its fragmentary structure. Some events, such as George Soros' 1992 attack on the British pound, receive more attention, to the point that the author dumps the format of the narrative he himself established, and even goes on a digression about the British authorities' response to the crisis, which allowed speculators like Soros to make millions. On the other hand, young George remains a mystery to me even after lecturing the 250 pages of the book. The author stresses on the sufferings Soros endured as a child during WWII and his aspiration to become a philosopher, but that really doesn't shed much light on his activities before ~1980. Why did he become "The World's Greatest Investor"? George Soros is rarely quoted directly. I constantly got this itch that we deserve to know more, but Robert Slater chose another approach. He describes certain events as if attempting to dissect George Soros' mind and inner workings. It feels like the latter, and not the author, is speaking to us directly. I started wondering if this is really how Soros thinks or thought (based on the books he wrote and interviews, I figure this is most likely) or are these just vague interpretations from the author. Still, "The Unauthorized Biography" is worth a read if you have no idea who George Soros is and what ideas he tries to push forward. The writing style is accessible and you'll be done with the book in no time. Keep in mind that I started it because I wanted to know more about Soros; right now I want to know EVEN more. What gives? In other words, as an introduction, this book is a job well done. The only thing left to do is to read all the other books as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calvin

    A pretty insightful look into the thinking and personality of George Soros. My main take away was that perception is everything in this world and you are at an advantage when you are able to see beyond what the masses see. Soros' theory of refexivity is built on the idea that there exist an gap between reality and perception and perception is really the self reinforcing effect of subjective belief evolving into fact.This to me, seems like be in the realm of Economic Psychology. What's most inter A pretty insightful look into the thinking and personality of George Soros. My main take away was that perception is everything in this world and you are at an advantage when you are able to see beyond what the masses see. Soros' theory of refexivity is built on the idea that there exist an gap between reality and perception and perception is really the self reinforcing effect of subjective belief evolving into fact.This to me, seems like be in the realm of Economic Psychology. What's most interesting is that Soros' motivation to make money in investments was due to a desire to write as a philosopher. Along the way he found that he was a better investor than a philosopher and is happy to admit this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    E

    Intriguing tell-all about one of the world’s most successful investors 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 include Intriguing tell-all about one of the world’s most successful investors 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Satyaki Mitra

    A well written account of George Soros's life, which provides some insights into his ideas and theories of investment and market behavior. This book covers the essential aspects of Soros's life, from his humble beginnings to becoming the 'man who broke the bank of England', but the events are not narrated in chronological order so its sort of difficult to navigate through this book, anyways finance grads and young traders will find this a fascinating read. A well written account of George Soros's life, which provides some insights into his ideas and theories of investment and market behavior. This book covers the essential aspects of Soros's life, from his humble beginnings to becoming the 'man who broke the bank of England', but the events are not narrated in chronological order so its sort of difficult to navigate through this book, anyways finance grads and young traders will find this a fascinating read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caeser Pink

    I chose to read this book because I always hear radical right wingers ranting about how evil George Soros is. I knew nothing about him, so I wanted to learn more. The book was a bit dull for me. I wasn't that interested in the ups and downs of his financial investments. As far as being a great villain as portrayed by conservatives: first the accusation that his was a Nazi during WWII is ridiculous. According to the book he was hiding in basements with his family. The root of that accusation come I chose to read this book because I always hear radical right wingers ranting about how evil George Soros is. I knew nothing about him, so I wanted to learn more. The book was a bit dull for me. I wasn't that interested in the ups and downs of his financial investments. As far as being a great villain as portrayed by conservatives: first the accusation that his was a Nazi during WWII is ridiculous. According to the book he was hiding in basements with his family. The root of that accusation comes from the story that at age 13 his father bribed a local government official to give his son a fake (non-Jewish) ID card and have him pretend that he was the official's own son. The official's job was to catalogue property owned by Jews that were deported by the Nazis. At times he took Soros along on his jobs. Beyond that Soros invested in a lot of foundations that tried to promote open societies in former communist countries. In 1994 he got involved in American politics with the goal of unseating President Bush. The book ends at about 2008. Not sure how involved he's been in American politics since then. The book claims that Soros really wanted to be recognized as a great philosopher. He believed he created a theory that could be applied both to economics and life itself, which he called Reflexivity. It had something to do with irrational trends being created by perceptions that were not in line with facts. My overall take is that extremely wealthy people have too much power and influence over American politics, regardless of whether they support the right or left.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Boler

    2 billion in profit on one macro trade in 1992... amazing. I learned a lot about his fund, philanthropy, and events that shaped his life. This book repeats itself a bit, and dramatizes/adds emotion at moments that were over the top. There are probably better Soros biographies out there, but this one did the job for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt Speer

    Found the book to be longer than it needed to be and on the dull side. From what I gathered; George Soros is not the kind of person I want to know. If anybody else is looking for a book to read or someone to read about, I’d say pass on this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Salih

    Onaylanmamış bir biyografi olması kitabın büyük bir eksisi , internetten bile çok daha fazla bir bilgiye sahip olunacak, nokta atışları olmayan bir kitap benim için sadece yazılmış olmak için yazılmış bir kitap niteliği taşımakta maalesef:(

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexandre Santos

    O livro apresenta de maneira bastante fluída a biografia de um dos maiores (senão o maior) investidor da história e ainda apresenta várias nuances de suas principais ideias. Atende ao que se propõe e vale a leitura.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sesank

    Perfect introduction to George Soros, not too detailed not too high level. The structure of the narration felt a bit random but did give enough insight and arguments of both sides into character and traits of the man.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trần Ngọc Anh

    Mặc dù quyển sách viết khá đầy đủ nhưng có vẻ vẫn chưa làm rõ được rất nhiều vấn đề về Soros. Cuốn sách cũng không có nhiều số liệu mà có thể làm người đọc choáng váng. Rất nhẹ nhàng, không quá nặng cũng không quá dồn dập. Nhưng đây rõ ràng không phải là một cuốn tiểu sử, không thể mong đợi gì hơn. Mà đây là một cuốn sách điểm qua một cách sơ lược toàn bộ quá trình đầu tư tạo nên uy thế của Soros.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alvin Lim

    Until now, the brilliant methods and tactics that world-renowned investor and hedge fund king George Soros used to amass billions have remained a closely-guarded secret. In Soros: The Unauthorized Biography, renowned biographer and former Time reporter Robert Slater has looked behind closed doors to reveal the unique philosophy and investment strategies that have given thi

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sadra

    اگر فرض رو بر فایده محوری بگیرم حجم کتاب خیلی بیشتر از محتوای مفیدی که دارد است و از لحاظ داستانی هم -به نسبت بعضی کتاب های دیگر- کشش خیلی بالایی ندارد. با این وجود کتابی نیست که خواندنش خیلی طول بکشد و افرادی که علاقه دارند را می تواند تا پایان با خودش نگه دارد.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kean Chan

    Even though autobiographies can be puffed up and exaggerated, I personally found this one very motivating. Soros has a tremendous and professional work ethic both as a macro investor and a philanthropist that is very inspiring to me as a full time investor

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Polonia

    Good. I learn a lot about George Soros, his teory and the positives and negatives inpacts of his preditions, moves and impact.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    better understanding of him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marcin

    Inspirational story about George Soros. Must read for investors!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer W.

    This book is somewhat biased, but it provides a good overview of Soros's life. This book is somewhat biased, but it provides a good overview of Soros's life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Chowdhury

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dasari.gurunathgmail.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Barelli

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tanın Ayabakan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rene Bard

  24. 5 out of 5

    Warren Hosseinion

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert Ekberg

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kuan Yu

  27. 4 out of 5

    Levi Stern

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    JinboCao

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Rhau

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