Historical information interesting but no practical advice for the normal person.
This is stuff they *REALLY* don't teach you in Business School -- but this is the most brutally honest and comprehensive account of "wealth 101" you will probably hear. In truth, most people probably don't have the constitution for many of the stomach-turning tactics described herein -- but this book tells no lies. This book may violate your sense of "fairness" -- which is precisely why these men are (were) wealthy and you are not. Covering tactics of wealth builders over the last 100 years this book is morbidly fascinating in the way that watching a spider dissect a fly is fascinating. I recommend it.
Martin S. Fridson received his BA cum laude in history from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a guest lecturer at the graduate business schools of Babson, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and many more. He is the author of Investment Illusions, It Was a Very Good Year, and Financial Statement Analysis.