The Alchemy of Finance

Version: Abridged
Author: George Soros
Narrator: George Soros
Genres: Business & Economics, Personal Finance
Publisher: Penton Overseas
Published In: April 2000
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Critical Praise forThe Alchemy of Finance
"The Alchemy of Finance joins Reminiscences of a Stock Operator as a timeless instructional guide of the marketplace."
––Paul Tudor Jones
From the Foreword to the First Edition

"An extraordinary . . . inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic."
––The Wall Street Journal

"A breathtakingly brilliant book. Soros is one of the core of masters . . . who can actually begin to digest the astonishing complexity . . . of the game of finance in recent years."

"A seminal investment book . . . it should be read, underlined, and thought about page by page, concept by idea. . . . He's the best pure investor ever . . . probably the finest analyst of the world in our time."
–– Barton M. Biggs
Director, BKF Capital Group, Inc.

Updated to include a new Preface and Introduction by Soros, and a Foreword by Paul A. Volcker

George Soros is unquestionably the most powerful and profitable investor in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "The Man Who Moves Markets," Soros once made a billion dollars by betting that the British pound would be devalued. Soros is not merely a man of finance, but a thinker to reckon with as well. In The Alchemy of Finance, this extraordinary man reveals the investment strategies that have made him "a superstar among money managers"(The New York Times).

Reviews (5)


Written by Dean on September 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was all theory with little examples which made it boring and hard to follow.

The Alchemy of Finance

Written by Anonymous from Tannersville, PA on February 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am making the rounds of the finance books. I must admit this one was hard to follow. It is very theoretical in nature (to Mr. Soros' admission), and difficult to follow as he seeks to weave his principle of "reflexivity" throughout. I did not finish it.

very philosophical about eceonomic theory

Written by Dan Redfern on January 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Very dry. This was the only book on cd that I was unable to finish for fear of falling asleep at the wheel. The material was very philosphical about eceonomic theory and that combined with the monotone of the reader made Alchemy of Finance a threat to my ability to stay awake behind the wheel.

It was ok ,

Written by Anonymous from Bryn Athyn, PA on August 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

it was all right, I did not enjoy it much, but had some good information.

Alchemy of Finance

Written by Anonymous on March 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Very technical and theoritical. I spent more time in the dictionary trying to understand what George was communicating. I don't know that I learned much about the market, but did learn to extend my vocabulary.

Author Details

Author Details

Soros, George

George Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management and the founder of a global network of foundations dedicated to sup- porting open societies. He is the author of several best-selling books, most recently "The New Paradigm for Financial Markets". He was born in Budapest and lives in New York City.