You are previewing The Money Game.
O'Reilly logo
The Money Game

Book Description

Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “the best book there is about the stock market,” this timeless classic by the creator and host of the Emmy Award–winning TV show Adam Smith’s Money World is still relevant more than forty years later

This essential book takes readers to the Street to learn about the intricacies of money and how the stock market impacts every area of our lives. According to the author, the key to making wise, lucrative investments is knowing ourselves. In witty, easily accessible language, he shares pithy insights about the role of intuition and the psychology of guilt, arguing that there is no substitute for information. Smith’s Irregular Rules shatter common myths and misconceptions, revealing why nothing works all the time and illustrating how greed and fear fuel the market.
 
Readers will learn about the safest types of investing, the key to following market trends, and how to capitalize growth, gleaning tips on stock movers, winners and losers, and much more. Peppered with entertaining and prescient anecdotes, The Money Game analyzes who makes the really big money and explores the meaning of our desire to become rich. From selling short and buying long to Wall Street’s crowd mentality, from what constitutes a random walk to why timing is everything, this is the definitive portrait of the Street, then and now.

“A modern classic.” —Paul A. Samuelson, first American winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
 
“Anyone whose orientation is toward where the action is, where the happenings happen, should buy a copy of The Money Game and read it with due diligence.” —Book World
 
“ ‘Adam Smith’ is a veteran observer and commentator on the events and people of Wall Street. . . . His thorough knowledge of financial affairs gives his observations a great degree of authenticity. But the joy of reading this book comes from his delightful sense of humor. He is a lively and ingeniously witty writer who never stoops to acerbity. None of the solemn, sacred cows of Wall Street escapes debunking.” —Library Journal

Adam Smith (1930–2014) is the pseudonym of George Goodman, a writer and editor best known for his Emmy Award–winning PBS program Adam Smith’s Money World. After graduating from Harvard College, he studied political economy as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford. Goodman made his name as a journalist presenting financial and economic concepts to mainstream audiences and was a bestselling author of numerous books, including The Money Game, Supermoney, and Powers of Mind. He was also a screenwriter, as well as a cofounder of New York magazine and Institutional Investor.