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' 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. Some events, such as George Soros' 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 pages of the book. 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. 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.
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Jul 31, Caeser Pink rated it liked it. 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.
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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: 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.
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.
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In he got involved in American politics with the goal of unseating President Bush. The book ends at about 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.
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One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Everyone should read this. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Don't read this book if you want to understand how Soros invests. I was hoping to understand his investing style.
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You know how the man invests. On the other hand, you really don't know anything about Soros. He is a speculator and so his life is speculation and second guesses. Move on, Don't read this. I did learn a lot about this "person" and was very disappointed to see how evil he really is.
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