More Money Than God

By Sebastian Mallaby,

Book cover of More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite

Book description

The first book of its kind: a fascinating and entertaining examination of hedge funds today Shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 'An enormously satisfying book: a gripping chronicle of the cutting edge of the financial markets and a fascinating perspective on what was going…

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3 authors picked More Money Than God as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book is more than a decade old, but it is so smart, so well written, so ultimately enraging that I devoured it.

Part history lesson, part colourful character study, it begins with the origin story of the hedge fund industry and takes the reader through the most important events and changes in the space over time. Mallaby does a great job of explaining the technical details and industry intricacies in approachable and understandable ways that helped me see things in a new way.

A history of hedge funds might seem like a weird recommendation by someone who has written a paean to passive investing.

But my favourite books use a subject to tell a much broader story, and Mallaby’s definitive book on the hedge industry manages to show how even the most illustrious investing careers can fizzle out as market regimes ebb and flow.  

Personally, I am not crazy about the title, but this book is an excellent account of the history of hedge funds. The book is thoroughly researched, very well written, and accurate based on my experience in writing about the same subject matter.

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