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The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street

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“Do we really need yet another book about the financial crisis? Yes, we do—because this one is different….A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mess were in.”
—Paul Krugman, New York Times Book Review

 

“Fox makes business history thrilling.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

A lively history of ideas, The Myth of the Rational Market by former Time Magazine economics columnist Justin Fox, describes with insight and wit the rise and fall of the worlds most influential investing idea: the efficient markets theory. Both a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of the Year—longlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award and named one of Library Journal Best Business Books of the Year—The Myth of the Rational Market carries readers from the earliest days of Wall Street to the current financial crisis, debunking the long-held myth that the stock market is always right in the process while intelligently exploring the replacement theory of behavioral economics.

Synopsis:

The financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent Great Recession demolished many cherished beliefs—most significantly, the theory that financial markets always get things right. Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market explains where that idea came from, and where it went wrong. As much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk, it also brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing—from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamities of today. It's a tale featuring professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house at blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a story of free-market capitalism's war with itself.

About the Author

Justin Fox is the business and economics columnist for Timemagazine and the author of the popular Time.com blog The Curious Capitalist(<>). Previously an editor and writer at Fortune, he appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, and PBS's Nightly Business Report. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060599034
Subtitle:
A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
Author:
Fox, Justin
Publisher:
HarperBusiness
Subject:
Investments & Securities - General
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Investments & Securities
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110208
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.96 in 12.48 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent Great Recession demolished many cherished beliefs&#8212;most significantly, the theory that financial markets always get things right. Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market explains where that idea came from, and where it went wrong. As much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk, it also brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing&#8212;from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamities of today. It's a tale featuring professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house at blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a story of free-market capitalism's war with itself.
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