I enjoyed reading this book, but I have some issues with it. First, let me say what I liked:
1) The author chose a number of different investors to make his point. They weren’t all outside passive minority investors like most of us are. There were many that invested in whole companies, or, they were the company, and invested in incredible ventures.
2) He points out a number of significant successes and how they occurred, for seven investors.
3) He points out commonalities in the processes in the first two chapters and the epilogue.
4) He is a sharp observer of investment processes. He knows the game, as I do.
What I did not like:
1) Big successes are like snowflakes — no two are alike. There was little to unify the successes of the book. Readers deserve a more unified theory of what leads to success.
2) The Chapter on Jimmy Rogers was weak. Aside from what he did with Soros, there is no indication that he has made significant money since then. No “Big Win” was recorded in the book.
3) With a few of the “Big Win” investors, it was difficult to tell whether they really had a “big win” or a moderate win. Some of the stories had nothing dramatic behind them.
4) There was little to integrate the disparate investors, despite the chapters that attempted it.
Though I liked the book, I found nothing compelling to make me love the book. I have read better books in this area.
Who would benefit from this book: If you like a mostly unrelated set of investors that will not teach you an integrated set of ideas, you will find it here. If you want to, you can buy the book here: The Big Win: Learning from the Legends to Become a More Successful Investor.
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