"An excellent read."
Ace Greenberg, Chairman, Bear Stearns
Richard Smitten's Jesse Livermore is the first full biography of the legendary trader profiled in the bestselling Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (Wiley: 0-471-05970-6). Although he died more than half a century ago, Livermore is considered by today's top traders as the greatest trader who ever lived. An enigmatic loner, misanthrope, and notorious miser, Livermore revolutionized the profession with his innovative timing techniques, money management strategies, and high-momentum approach to trading stocks. Smitten provides a vivid portrait of Livermore and the times in which he lived and operated. He deftly combines eyewitness accounts of those who knew Livermore with fascinating stories of sensational love affairs, shootings, and suicides, and a detailed exploration of the trading strategies that made Livermore several fortunes in his lifetime.
Richard Smitten (Key West, FL) is the author of several books, including The Godmother, the critically acclaimed story of a famous woman criminal.
RICHARD SMITTEN is a full-time author and trader who resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario. As executive vice president of MTS International, he oversaw personnel on North Sea oil rigs, the design of the Dassault Mirage jet fighter, and security for the then newly discovered Nigerian oil fields. He also worked for the Vick Chemical Company where he became marketing director of the Canadian division. Smitten is the author of a number of books, including The Godmother, Capital Crimes, and Legal Tender, and the coauthor (with Robin Moore) of Inside the Cocaine Cartel.
Preface. Acknowledgments. The Great Bear of Wall Street. The Back Story. The San Francisco Earthquake Rumbles in New York. The Crash of 1907. The Cotton King. Back on His Game. Perfecting His Market Theory. Stock Pools and Scandals. Boston Billy. The Crash of 1929. When to Hold and When to Fold. Livermore's Money-Management Rules. Livermore's Luck Sours. The Shooting of Jesse Livermore Jr. Facing the Grim Reaper. Livermore's Laws and Trading Secrets Revealed. Sources. Bibliography.