Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings is invaluable reading and has been since it was first published in 1958 and retains the investment wisdom of the original edition and includes the perspectives of the author’s son Ken Fisher, an investment guru in his own right in an expanded preface and introduction
This book grows on you. I know because it grew on me. It took me about fifteen years to understand Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.
When I first read the book, it made darned little sense. I was eight. It was a waste of the start of a perfectly good summer vacation. Too many big words that required I use a dictionary—ugh. But it was my father’s book, and I was proud of him.
I had heard at school and from neighbors and had read in the local paper that his book was making a big splash. I was told that it was the very first investment book ever to have made the New York Times bestseller list, whatever that meant. I felt it was my absolute duty to read it. So I did, and when completed, I was glad to be finished and free for the summer.
Who knew that I would later go on to found a large investment management firm serving thousands of clients, write my own books, and become the sixth-longest-running columnist in Forbes magazine’s formidable eighty-plus-year history or that I would write numerous annual “Best of the Year” investment book reviews and recommend dozens of books over the decades to readers? And, yes, maybe it helped in route that I could say I’d read my first investment book when I was eight, even if I didn’t understand it.
- COMMON STOCKS AND UNCOMMON PROFITS
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- DEVELOPING AN INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY