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1. Fisher Investments on Materials
2. From the Journals of M.F.K. Fisher
3. The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways
4. Strategic Entrepreneurism: Shattering
5. Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and
6. A Matter of Black and White: The
7. A Doryman's Day
8. Been There, Done That:An Autobiography
9. Rebuilding Workbook: When Your
10. Sí.......de acuerdo!
11. Fisher Investments on Consumer
12. Fisher Investments on Energy (Fisher
13. The Only Three Questions That
14. Perspectives on Shared Reading
15. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation,
16. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits
17. Rescue on Parrot Island (Fisher
18. 100 Minds That Made the Market
19. Home Staging with Design Psychology:
20. What Mrs. Fisher Knows About So.

1. Fisher Investments on Materials (Fisher Investments Press)
by Fisher Investments, Andrew Teufel, Brad Pyles
Paperback: 232 Pages (2009-02-03)
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The second installment of the Fisher Investments On series is a comprehensive guide to the Materials sector. Fisher Investments on Materials can benefit both new and seasoned investors, covering everything from Materials sector basics to specific industry insights to practical investing tactics, including common pitfalls to avoid.

The book will begin with a discussion of Fisher Investments’ investing philosophy as it applies to the Materials sector. Then, readers will be lead through a discussion of sector basics , what drives the industries, and develop a framework for individual security analysis. Finally, the book will look at industry fundamentals and discuss what investors can do to protect themselves in a down market.

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2. From the Journals of M.F.K. Fisher
by M.F.K. Fisher
Paperback: 848 Pages (1999-10-26)
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Asin: 0375708073
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"M.F.K. Fisher is to literary prose," wrote the Chicago Sun-Times, "what Laurence Olivier is to acting."From the Journals of M.F.K. Fisher combines into one volume three acclaimed collections of journals, correspondence, and short stories, the earliest piece written when Fisher was nineteen and the last composed shortly before her death in 1992, at age eighty-three.
To Begin Again gives us a portrait of Fisher's early years, from her family's migration to California in 1912 to her first marriage in 1929. Here she begins to learn about the art of "living well gastronomically" and acquires an appreciation for the nurturance of both body and soul.Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me presents a candid portrait of the most traumatic period of Fisher's life--her divorce from her husband, her marriage to their friend Dillwyn Parrish, and Parrish's tragic illness and death.Last House offers a wry look at an artist grappling with old age and illness, and a poignant remembrance of the experiences that shaped her life's work.
Filled with humor, wisdom, and beautifully crafted prose, this collection will introduce to a new generation the life and work of one of the most beloved writers of our era. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MFK'S GREATEST HITS
The potential reader should beware that much of this journal has appeared elsewhere.It has the advantage of a chronological life progression. Though I've read a great deal of MFK, I can't say I especially like her;the person that is.I always think of her as a female Ernest Hemingway inher writing style.She is overfond of such words as "sturdy,"and "true." As in, "we shared our honest stew, simply andtruly." She makes me feel apologetic for ever longing for damask overburlap. MFK was a beautiful woman, a skilled writer, and a brilliantgourmand.She took the foregoing as a given and for granted.I was struckby one statement she made about an occasion where she tookparticular carewith her dress, so that her entrance would "stop the room cold." Her attitude was that anyone could do this if they merely took the time andeffort, as she had done.She frequently had an impatient attitude towardthe rest of the world.I have this feeling she has everybody fooled.Wehave taken her at her own self-evaluation.And yet--and yet---she didn'twhine, she soldiered on, and wrestled her life into her own design.I donot know if her essays will be remembered, or if she will be a footnote tocookbookery.It is certain we will not get another like her soon! ... Read more

3. The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) (Fisher Investments Press)
by Ken Fisher
Hardcover: 228 Pages (2008-10-15)
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Asin: 0470285362
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Discover how your net worth can be worth more

The Ten Roads to Riches takes an engaging and informative look at some of America's most famous (and infamous) modern-day millionaires (and billionaires) and reveals how they found their fortunes. Surprisingly, the super-wealthy usually get there by taking just one of ten possible roads. And now, so can you! Plenty of books tell you how to be frugal and save, but The Ten Roads to Riches tells you how you can, realistically, get super-rich.

Throughout these pages, renowned investment expert and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher highlights amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road, and tells you how to increase your chances of success. Whether it's starting a business, owning real estate, investing wisely, or even marrying very, very well, Fisher will show how some got it right and others got it horribly wrong.

  • Find out the right questions to ask when starting your own business-the richest road of all
  • Learn what Mark Cuban, Rupert Murdoch, and rapper Jay-Z have in common, and how you can emulate them
  • Discover how to avoid high-profile flameouts like the Enron guys and jailed plaintiffs' lawyer Melvyn Weiss

Whether you're just beginning to plan your financial future or well on your way, The Ten Roads to Riches can show you how to gain and, more importantly, maintain the wealth you want.Amazon.com Review

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Have you ever wondered how the super-rich built their wealth—and whether you could build big wealth too?

The Ten Roads to Riches takes an engaging and informative look at some of America’s most famous (and infamous) modern day millionaires (and billionaires), and reveals how they found their fortunes. Surprisingly, the super-wealthy usually get there by taking just one of ten possible roads. And now, so can you.

Even if achieving super-wealth isn’t your goal, you can still learn how to build more modest wealth following the same successful paths others have used. In The Ten Roads to Riches, renowned investment expert and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher highlights amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road, and shares advice on increasing your chances of success. Whether it’s starting a business, owning real estate, investing wisely or even marrying very, very well, Fisher will show how some got it right and others got it horribly wrong. Whether you’re just beginning to plan your financial future or well on your way, The Ten Roads to Riches can show you how to gain, and more importantly, maintain the wealth you want.

Ken Fisher is best known for his prestigious "Portfolio Strategy" column in Forbes magazine, where his 24-year tenure of high-profile calls makes him the fourth longest-running columnist in Forbes’ 90-year history. Ken is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments, and has appeared in most major American finance or business periodicals. He is also the author of the bestselling investment book,The Only Three Questions That Count, which is published by Wiley.

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Customer Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ease on down the road
I like this book, it helps you identify the road that might be right for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every line
This is my first Ken Fisher book and I loved it. It's fun and it's honest. Yes, he doesn't provide step-by-step guide for every road, but it wasn't his goal. Mr Fisher just wanted to point out the most popular roads to become mega-rich, he also provides basic guidelines and then it's up to you to research it further.

While I was reading his book I got three unique ideas to make money! Seriously, this book is a must for anybody who believes in capitalism and money!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast read about how you can get wealthy too.
The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) (Fisher Investments Press)
Review by Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.

Ken Fisher's 228-page book, The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!), covers the subjects (in separate chapters): 1) Start your own business, 2) Become a CEO, 3) Become a "ride-along" to a successful CEO, 4) Become rich and famous, 5) Marry into wealth, 6) Become a plaintiff attorney, 7) Use other people's money, 8) Invent something, 9) Real estate, 10) Save and live frugally. For most people, of course, the final chapter will have the most relevance. Fisher is a self-made billionaire, and helps those wanting to start a business, own real estate, invest wisely, or marry very, very well (from the front jacket). The book is a fun, fast read (It takes about a day or two.) It is full of examples, includes 14 pages of high-quality notes, offers a great deal of sage advice, and is written in a simple (jargonless) manner that is engaging. I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book Review from the Aleph Blog
Many dream of riches.Few achieve them.Why?It usually involves self-denial and hard work.It's not that anyone can't achieve riches, if they start young enough, but they won't make the sacrifices to do so.A strong education helps, but is not absolutely required.As my old boss Eric Hovde said to his staff repeatedly, the biggest difference in success comes from the degree of effort put forth.I would only add that working smart amplifies the effort of working hard.

Ken Fisher the billionaire asset manager, identifies the ten ways he has seen to become wealthy.They are:

1) Build a significant business.

2) Manage a significant business.

3) Be the right hand man of a wealthy person.

4) Be a star athlete, entertainer, or one who significantly facilitates star athletes and entertainers.

5) Marry a wealthy person.

6) Be a lawyer that helps clients sue for major amounts of money on a contingency fee basis.

7) Manage a lot of Other People's Money.

8 ) Be an inventor of something popular, a popular writer, a prominent politician, or invent an organization that a lot of people want to give money to.

9) Borrow a lot of money and speculate on property appreciation.

10) Work hard, save a lot, and invest wisely.

I think he has nailed it.My way of summarizing it is that you have to do something that makes a lot of people happy, or at least has the potential to make a lot of people happy.Or, make one wealthy person very happy or unhappy. Three groups -- how do they work out?

A) Those who do something that makes a lot of people happy can earn a lot:

* Successful business founders, CEOs, right hand men, inventors
* Stars and their significant enablers
* Good asset managers
* Good writers
* Successful real estate developers

B) But even those that promise to do something to make people happy and fail at it can earn a lot:

* Any CEO of a big enterprise can earn a lot -- at one investment firm, we used to joke that you got paid $50 million to destroy a company -- it is what they had to pay to get rid of you.Their right hand men will still prosper too, just not as much.In the current financial crisis, that is what gores many about the large surviving firms that were bailed out.The executives are still prospering after previous dumb decisions.Easy to complain about it, but it is nice work if you can get it.(Note: this is why they should not have been bailed out, especially not at the holding company level.Government officials lie when they say they could not have done it differently.I for one suggested alternatives ahead of time.)
* The same applies to CEOs that tweak the company's earnings while they are there, but leave their successor in the hole.
* Many still follow stars as their stars fade; they may not make as much, but it is still a lot.Same for writers that lose their knack.
* Many asset managers have an early period where they don't have much in the way of assets, and their track record is great; their ideas for excess return are executable with the current assets under management [AUM].That leads to growth in assets, until they are too big for the asset class in which they have expertise.They become index-like, or they venture outside their circle of competence, and their track record suffers.But AUM is high, and the fees can provide a nice income.Assets are sticky if you don't do too badly, and are a good salesman/storyteller.
* Politicians can make a lot of money off of contacts or giving speeches once out of office, even if they were on net harmful to the nation while in office.
* Some charities (or nonprofits like mutual insurers or credit unions) can be less than scrupulous about what managers get paid.
* The real estate speculator, the CEO, and certain investment managers can have a "Heads-I-win, Tails-you-lose" attitude.America gives people a lot of second chances before you are permanently branded as a fraud.It only takes one big win to make a lot for yourself, even if you destroy the well-being of others in the process.

C) Then there are those that only have to serve a few:

* The spouse of a wealthy person.
* The right hand man of a wealthy person, and
* The Trial Lawyer going after a big tort
* Serve yourself, as an ordinary person working at a job.

No one begrudges the wealth of those in group A -- they have served society well.Many begrudge the wealth of those in group B -- they have not served society well.Group C?It depends on motives.More later on this.

One thing is certain, though.There aren't many seats in each of the "roads to riches," except for the last ordinary one, #10.Few are founders of massive enterprises, or CEOs, or stars, or investors of must-have products or processes.Few can serve in high office, or write best-sellers, or be able to source a lot of assets to manage.Few can get the capital markets or banks to loan them millions, even billions.Few get to try a lawsuit where a huge award is won.Few get to marry rich.Also, most succeeding have to hit their right path while young, to allow enough time for compounding their success.

It takes a lot of effort and good breaks in order to be at the top of any economic situation where there is a lot of wealth.Even road #10, doing well at your job, saving a lot and investing wisely is tough.Few get to become "The Millionaire Next Door," but more achieve reasonable wealth that way than all of the rest combined.

Ken Fisher writes about all of these areas in an entertaining way, and gives practical advice on how to follow each road, including additional books to read, and techniques for getting started.It is an ambitious and compact book weighing in at around 230 pages of text including the preface.It is an easy, breezy read. As a bonus, in road 10, Ken Fisher shares basic investment advice for the retail investor.

More than Quibbles:

I owe a lot to Ken Fisher for advice that he gave me in Winter 2000, and though I enjoyed the book, I can't endorse it wholeheartedly.He is out to tell you how to do it, even in cases where there might be significant moral compromise.He acknowledges that, but says it is a part of the game.

To me, the key question is what your motives are.It's one thing to enter into a risky business, offer full disclosure to all stakeholders in advance, make a best effort, and fail.It is quite another to trick/cajole people into backing you without full knowledge, and fail.

It is one thing to try a legal case where the damages are proportionate to the harm caused, and another thing to help create disproportionate judgments. It is one thing to serve a wealthy person who asks you to do things that are ethical, and another thing to serve in things that are unethical.Once you have fans, a privileged job, or "sticky assets," do you start giving less than your best?I write this as one that is himself prone to laziness when things go well.It is a common sin that one has to fight.

Are you looking out for the best interests of those you serve, and society more broadly?A tough question for any of us, but society itself does not do well when a dominant proportion of it does not serve for good motives.If it gets bad enough, the society will lose legitimacy and vitality.

Finally, it is one thing to marry because you love the person, and want to give your all to your future spouse.It is quite another thing to enter in with crossed fingers, and say, "Maybe this will work, maybe it won't.I will be careful to protect myself, because the odds of failure are significant.But economically, it will work out for me either way.I'm wealthy if we marry, whether it works or not, because the prenup will leave me well off."

Here's the common vow: I, (Bride/Groom), take you (Groom/Bride), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. Maybe promises don't mean much any more, but I can't see how one marrying for money can say that with a clear conscience.

Before my wife and I married, but after we were engaged, we were at a bookstore together, and we were looking over some marriage books to find one our pastor recommended.She found a book entitled, "Marry Rich."She said to me, "This is a joke book, right?"I said, "Uh, you would be surprised at the motives some have in marriage."She began leafing through it, amazed at the level of greed involved.She married her poor graduate student boyfriend anyway.23 years later things are still working out well for her (and me).

One final note, not from the book: greed wears people out.It is one thing to do what you love so long as money is not the sole purpose.But those that are greedy for gain at all costs destroy themselves, and those around them.It is not a good trade.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boo hoo hoo ... BOO HOO HOO
I waited and waited for this book to finally get to paperback because I couldn't afford the hardcover.

I bought it and held it close. I eagerly tore off the plastic and got to reading.

Boo hoo hoo hoo...

My mistake was assuming that Fisher's book was a comprehensive guide. But save for a page of tips at the end of every chapter, "Ten Roads to Riches" reads like a bunch of free articles, or a compilation of free articles, from those inspirational personal finance get-rich blogs and websites.

I'm giving this two stars (instead of one) because the author took the time to actually make a compilation, and added humor to the whole deal to make the work a little less frustrating to read.

But I'm still frustrated.

Borrow it first.

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4. Strategic Entrepreneurism: Shattering the Start-Up Entrepreneurial Myths
by Jon Fisher, Gerald Fisher, Wallace Wang
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2008-09-15)
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Asin: 1590791894
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Every entrepreneur's dream is to create the next big name success story like Amazon.com, or Google. While everyone should dream big, the reality is that most startups fail precisely because they're trying to become the next big name success. The real secret to entrepreneurial success lies in Strategic Entrepreneurism where you design a company specifically to be acquired by a larger one.

That's why the founder and CEO of several successful high-tech startup companies, multi-millionaire Jon Fisher, has written down his success principles. Strategic Entrepreneurism shows entrepreneurs how to design their companies towards the path of least resistance, maximum payoff, and lowest risk.

Entrepreneurs will learn how to evaluate their business ideas; leverage technology to increase profits; choose strategic customers to insure their company's survival; generate revenue from their company's inception; and avoid competing against larger companies.Above all, Strategic Entrepreneurism explains the common pitfalls of starting a company and how to avoid them. These include the traps of growing too fast, focusing on the wrong product, and accepting too much funding from outside investors. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good starter
This is a good starting book to get a budding entrepreneur into the groove of thinking about the various facets of a business model that need attention to getthat germ of an idea developing.

Lots of different books on the subject / in the area.This is as good a starting place as any !

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Every Start-Up Entrepreneuer
I wish I'd found this book 3 years ago, I've been using it like a textbook with my business partner (we make mobile messaging software) for the past 6 months. Jon does a great job of setting the stage for what the IPO market is (or isn't) and gives a step by step plan on how to conceive an idea that has a higher probability of being bought by a larger company.

Even if you're only interested in creating a lifestyle business, his book takes you through the best ways to get started by finding a problem, creating solutions that customers want, collaborating with strategic customers who give your company/product credibility, building the product and then selling it. I've recommended this book to dozens of tech start up founders as well as my business partners at a marketing agency. The book gives specific examples in tech, but the fundamentals can be applied to every industry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Building Buyers Value
Today's need for capital efficiency makes Jon's book essential reading for all professional angel investors.His masterful explanation of how to focus on strategically selected customers enables entrepreneurs to build Buyers Value, and not just Shareholders Value.His book has prompted our angel group to remember that a great idea is only as important as the size of the problem it solves in the mind of the eventual winning bidder.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read for all entrepreneurs
I truly enjoyed this book which guides entrepreneurs into maximizing the value of their start-ups. IPO's clearly died out in recent years and Jon B. Fisher makes a convincing argument on strategically build and position your company for an acquisition from day one. Strongly recommend this read to all entrepreneurs; young ones and seasoned ones too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for entrepreneurs & business owners planning an exit
I started a company called RFTrax in 2000 which got acquired in 2005. At the time, I of course didn't have the clarity of purpose outlined in this book, but we did some of the right things and managed to get acquired for a good profit. The things we didn't do so right, this book really helped me understand what happened and what I can do differently in my current startup.

I am working with three large companies doing pilots right now, and I really am taking to heart the chapters on making sure they are the correct customers, and that they would be interesting to a potential acquirer. This book has helped me to see more defined roles for each of them, or to steal its model:

Old way: Sell F100 client solution that works with SAP
New way: Collaborate with F100 client to create solution that positions my company to be acquired by SAP

My Kindle has quite a few bent pages that I anticipate I will be re-reading for some time...may have to buy the hard-copy version and get out the ol' highlighter.

If you are an entrepreneur you need to read this book. If you are a business owner hoping one day to have an exit, you need to read this book. ... Read more

5. Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher (Series Q)
by Gary Fisher
Paperback: 304 Pages (1996-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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The incandescent African American writer Gary Fisher was completely unpublished when he died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 32. This volume, which includes all of Fisher’s stories and a generous selection from his journals, notebooks, and poems, will introduce readers to a tender, graphic, extravagant, and unswervingly incisive talent. In Fisher’s writings the razor-sharp rage is equalled only by the enveloping sweetness; the raw eroticism by a dazzling writerly elegance. Evocations of a haunting and mobile childhood are mixed in Fisher’s stories with an X-ray view of the racialized sexual vernaculars of gay San Francisco; while the journals braid together the narratives of sexual exploration and discovery, a joyous and deepening vocation as a writer, a growing intimacy with death, and an engagement with racial problematics that becomes ever more gravely and probingly imaginative.
A uniquely intimate, unflinching testimony of the experience of a young, African American gay man in the AIDS emergency, Gary in Your Pocket includes an introduction by Don Belton that describes Fisher’s achievement in the context of other work by Black gay men such as Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill, and a biographical afterword by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

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3-0 out of 5 stars I knew Gary
I knew Gary when we both attended UNC in the early 80's.If you read his journals, you will recognize me as "John" or "Johnny".I am a white gay man. I came out of the closet in 1981 and Gary was one of the first people in the UNC "community" that I met...we had a German class together.We became great friends (platonic) and eventually roommates...for a time he was my best friend.As referenced in his journals, Gary moved to the San Francisco area in 1983, and I moved out there in 1984.We continued our friendship there.I moved back to the south in 1986, but we kept in touch, until I discovered that he was HIV+ in 1989...I tried to contact him with my support but we lost contact after that.Just recently, after a random google I discovered that he had died and that this book had been written.I bought it immediately.

The book, which makes for spicy reading, only presents a small side of the Gary Fisher I knew...although he may have explored the darker sides of his sexuality after we left contact.But I know that the content of his journals was profound and spritual.True, he did not embrace his race...most of his friends were white...he considered himself a gay man, not a black man.

The author of this book chose only to highlight the sexual aspects of Gary's journals...I imagine this was intentional since she is somewhat of an expert on sexuality and most of her work concerns this, but the reader must remember, the content of this book all comes from Gary's journals, and as pornographic as it seems, much of it may only be imaginary.Gary even admitted to me that he didn't mind "enhancing" his stories sometimes.

I had mixed feelings reading this book..in some aspects there was some personal closure as to what had happened to him...I imagined he had passed but now know for sure.

At first I was angry after reading this book.How could such a brilliant person just throw his life way so early, just for the pursuit of sexual fantasy.But then I remembered the Gary I knew...this Gary saw fantasy in everything and he wrote these images down daily for most of his life.I wish the readers of this book could read the full content of his journals because they would be left with a different impression of him.In my opinion, given that this is the only book with Gary's writings, the author has shown Gary only as a sexual being...this is a great disservice to him and to those of us who knew him.

1-0 out of 5 stars Art is meant to provoke, but this was a brotha's real life?!
Gary Fisher was a graduate student, fledgling writer, and Black gay man living in the Bay Area before his death in the mid-1990s.This book consists of two parts:a sample of short stories and poems and an autobiographical sketch based upon his diaries.

I don't know whether to thank the author, editor, and publishing company for challenging me and most other readers or to throw this book into an incinerator.One reviewer in the gay press called this writing "outre" and I wholeheartedly agree.I am thoroughly surprised that this book is available at non-pornographic outlets.Rafael Campo, Don Belton, and Eve Sedgwick all have raved about Fisher or helped this book come into fruition.I admire all three of those writers and enjoy their work, so I have no idea what they were thinking here.E. Lynn Harris' fans would roll over and die if they read this book!It's one thing for art to push the envelope, but an actual Black gay man made all the poor and crazy choices that Gary Fisher made.I had to work hard to keep my eyes in their sockets trying to get through this book.

While the fiction and poetry demonstrate the potential Fisher had, they are worthless.Things don't really get started until the autobiographical portion begins.This book invokes every "disrespectable" aspect of some gay people's lives; the Far Right could have a field day with this text.The shock value and goriness is very reminiscent of David Wojnarowicz's "Postcards from America" and Eve Sedgwick, the editor, basically admits as much in her conclusion.Adding racial matters into the mix only intensifies the uncomfort I felt.Issues such as dangerously unsafe sex practices, size-queeniness, Uncle Tom-ism, coprofilia, anonymous and public sex all come up and readers will be thoroughly shocked at how.The action in this book comes out of nowhere.Fisher never clearly states when he started to identify as gay, when he decided to practice masochism, when he tested positive for HIV, or when he met Eve Sedgwick.They all kinda just happen.Furthermore, he is a closeted gay and a black self-loather.He never once challenges homophobia or racism.

Eve Sedgwick praises Fisher's feelings on race as "complicated." Ha!Fisher makes very clear that he hated being black.Throughout his life he hardly associates with other blacks.He lets white gay men do all kinds of degrading things to him.While he listens to black music, you hardly hear anything about black literature, heroes, or friends.He does have sex with some black men, but he places white men on a pedestal and even enjoys when he is called racist epithets.Not only will straight Black readers be appalled, but gay Blacks will be both appalled and embarrassed.If bell hooks hated "Paris Is Burning," you can just imagine how she and others would trash this book.He is very race-conscious, but this guy didn't have an ounce of Black pride.Additionally, Fisher thinks in strictly black-white terms though he moved to California, a state with many Latinos and Asians.Sedgwick makes clear that Fisher wanted the book's title, but it nevertheless underlines all the ugly issues that his life brings up.

Possibly due to Sedgwick's editing and institutional connections, this book has the format, height, and font of many gay studies texts from Duke University Press.This is odd to see in a non-academic book.Some of the autobiographical part is ramblings of his fiction.I understand that characters sometimes speak to writers when they are creating art, but this made the book even more confusing, capricious, and repetitive.Fisher asks many rhetorical questions that need question marks, yet Sedgwick fails to edit them in.Fisher obviously read much yet music seems to have moved his life far more than literature did.

I do love the fact that Fisher was attracted to heavy guys.There is a lot of prejudice against fat men in the gay community and this one aspect of Fisher was a breath of fresh air.At a time when many coming-out stories are being produced by gay men, few are done by gay Blacks and SM-practitioners.Also, Fisher is an "Army brat" and not enough has been written about their lives.This book adds to the collection of AIDS writings which is formidable.The reader does get to observe how AIDS has robbed us of someone who had talent.And it is provocative in a way.


6. A Matter of Black and White: The Autobiography of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
by Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, Danney Goble
Hardcover: 204 Pages (1996-01)
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7. A Doryman's Day
by R. Barry Fisher, Barry Fisher
Paperback: 192 Pages (2001-08)
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We'd be hard put to decide whether Barry Fisher is better at fishing or storytelling. The three stories in this book are rollicking gems, salty as a flake of cod set out to dry. "A Wharf Rat's Tale" takes us to Gloucester, Massachusetts, a town where, "if you didn't go fishing, you got out of town." It was a fascinating, adventurous place for a boy in the late '30s, as young Barry and his pals pick up odd jobs on the wharves, repair a beat-up dory, hang out with the schooner crews, and take up fishing themselves, catching the fattest flounders at the sewer outfall in the harbor.

Barry Fisher went offshore dory-fishing for real when he was eighteen, and "A Doryman's Day," he says now, is "as accurate as my old mind can make it." He describes fishing longline trawl gear fromGrand Banks dories launched off the deck of a schooner in wonderful detail and paints a vivid picture of a working day in a fishery straight out of history. A few years later, he went on a late-season swordfishing trip, dory-fishing from a schooner with a crew betting against the weather and the odds that they'd come home with a catch. "Mysterious Ways of the Lord, or How Captain Jack Brant of the Sowrdfishing Schooner lorna b Found God in a Split Second and then Achieved Salvataion on the Northern Edge of George's Bank" gives you just a hint of the story to come.

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Without a doubt the best small-boat seamen I've ever seen."
The dorymen that R. Barry Fisher celebrates here are men with whom he shared duties on a series of high-masted fishing schooners in the late days of the Depression and early World War II.Growing up as a "wharf rat" on the Gloucester, Massachusetts, waterfront, Fisher and three ten-year-old friends were lured to the docks almost daily, where they reeled gill nets, stacked pen boards, and scrubbed galleys and fo'c's'les in exchange for fish, some of which they took home and some of which they peddled in the streets from homemade go-carts.The "fraternity of the wharf" provided them with a view of real life they could not learn from books--the camaraderie and respect the fishermen had for each other, their rowdy humor and courage, and the grief they and their families felt when their friends were lost at sea.

Fisher eventually became a doryman, which was "the highest word of respect and affection that one man could use for another."In two-man dories (usually ten to twelve dories per schooner), men worked fourteen hour days, each dory crew baiting two thousand hooks on a series of lines which they would set into the water and later haul in by hand, filling their small boats with fish and then returning to the schooner.They often did three of these "sets" a day, gutting and icing the fish between sets, and rebaiting hooks.Helpful drawings and diagrams allow landlubbers to understand this fishing method, while historic photographs of children and fully rigged schooners make these now-abandoned fishing methods come alive.

Fisher's final tale, "Mysterious Ways of the Lord," tells of a trip he and a few adventurous fishermen took in the fall, after the swordfish had supposedly migrated from George's Bank (the same sort of trip which Sebastian Junger describes in The Perfect Storm).Here, however, the vessel was a schooner, and each swordfish was harpooned with an eighteen-foot harpoon by a single man hanging over the bow of the vessel, the rest of the crew standing in the rigging locating the fish.On this trip, the captain "finds religion," a tale that Fisher insists is "No B.S., it's the clear truth, me sons."A fascinating glimpse of a lost way of life, this account of a doryman's day is an important contribution to the lore of the East Coast fishing industry, written by a man who devoted his life to fishing andto preserving its history.Mary Whipple ... Read more

8. Been There, Done That:An Autobiography
by Eddie Fisher, David Fisher
Hardcover: 341 Pages (1999-09-30)
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When Eddie Fisher was four years old, he opened his mouth and a beautiful sound came out.

That sound changed his life forever.

Eddie sang at local fairs, talent contests, and bar mitzvahs, until at age 14, he got a job singing on Philadelphia radio shows for $25 a week. A few years later, a stint at the Copacabana launched him into Dreamland.Suddenly, the Jewish kid from Philly and his golden sound were sending millions of fans screaming to their feet. More than just the music, it was his personality, his great charm, the exuberance with which he lived his life, that attracted the very first hordes of screaming teenage girls, the bobby-soxers, a brand new American phenomenon.By the time he was 21 he was one of the most popular entertainers in America, bigger even than Frank Sinatra, with an income in the millions. His life quickly evolved into a whirl of women, money, and fame. It was the quintessential American success story, the rise and rise of "The Coca-Cola Kid."

For the next two decades he ran with the best and brightest, seeing it all, doing it all, seeing it all done to everyone.

Eddie's story is more than just an entertainer's memoir: it's the insider tale of two decades of American pop culture and celebrity royalty. Here is a man who romanced, charmed, seduced, and married Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens, and Elizabeth Taylor.He drank and caroused far into the night with the likes of Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.His affairs with women from Ann-Margret to Mamie Van Doren were legendary. He shared mistresses with JFK, Sam Giancana, and Sinatra, and was welcomed everywhere from the White House to Las Vegas, back when such a thing actually meant something.

Eddie's a natural storyteller, with a captivating story to tell, of beautiful women and fascinating men, wild parties and cool nightclubs, and the American dream seen through the blazing Technicolor lens of the '60's and '70's. It's Eddie's life, and for the first time, it's all here.Amazon.com Review
Who would've thought that Eddie Fisher, cheesy pop singer, pipsqueak Mouseketeer to the Rat Pack, speed freak and coke fool, AWOL daddy, discarded Liz Taylor boy toy, and husband from hell could pen a memoir as entertaining as his talented daughter Carrie's? Granted, he has the help of autobiographer to the stars David Fisher (no relation), but still, it's startling how sleekly readable Fisher's misadventures are, and shocking that he comes off with raffish charm and a sense of humor.

Don't worry, there's not too much about Eddie's dull, madly successful singing career--he wasn't that interested in it either. He preferred women. Warning: as is the case with Robert Evans's comparably entertaining sex-and-drugs tell-all, The Kid Stays in the Picture, we can't know whether it's all true. Some of Eddie's alleged women have denied dalliance. Did he really get naked with Joan Collins ("the British Open") in Dean Martin's pool, screaming along with Dino and Brando until the cops came? Did he share Sue Lyon with Richard Burton and Judy Campbell with Sinatra, JFK, and Sam Giancana? (Eddie doubts Campbell's story that she passed documents from JFK to mobster Sam.) Did Jackie turn JFK onto amphetamine fiend Max Jacobson, the famed "Dr. Feelgood" who destroyed his own life and 30 years of Eddie's? Were Bob Hope's military-base shows really "sex tours"? His bitterness makes one doubt he gives first wife Debbie Reynolds ("the Iron Butterfly") a fair shake. Did Liz Taylor drive away, naked and hysterical, in her Cadillac when Eddie suggested she see a psychiatrist? Did Burton beat her, and did she try to steal My Fair Lady from her friend Audrey Hepburn? In a Munich suite once used by Mussolini to entertain Hitler, did Liz bite Eddie as he dug pills out of her mouth to save her life? Did Liz bed Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift? Read Fisher and see what you believe. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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In his prime Eddie Fisher tried to get to as many beautiful women as he could.If it moved, looked good in a tight skirt, Eddie Fisher would try to sex it."Been There, Done That" could easily have benn called "My Life Between the Sheets".If he's not fornicating, he's getting meth shots fromMax "Dr. Feelgood" Jacobson.On the path of pleasure he meets and marries three Hollywood lovelies: Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.Unfortunately, each marriage desolves into chaos.
The book is a rollercoaster of drug crazed nights and wild, animalistic sex.He bounces from woman to woman, bed to bed, falling in love with each beautiful babe.Also Eddie sings, has children and interacts with other famous celebrities.But sex and drugs are the cornerstones of his life.It's an opulent life filled with glittering jewels, fabulous mansions, awaitng limousines andoccasional singing.He was the golden boy born with that sound in his throat.
I enjoyed the book immensely and I think Eddie learned from the mistakes of his youth.I'm glad he grew to appreciate his children as he aged.I was sorry to hear of his death on September 23, 2010.

5-0 out of 5 stars Been There, Done That
Great bunch of stories.But re-affirms my feeling that I wouldn't want to know any of the people involved.I'm sure they feel the same about me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I think this book should be available in digital format.As the owner of a Kindle I wanted this book so badly I succumbed and bought the hard copy.It was worth it.I was not bored in the least.I found the author to be refreshingly honest, he spared no one including himself.Keep this book in circulation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Believe
I just finished reading the memoirs of Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, and Robert Wagner, and they all slept with numerous stars and starlets, too, so I don't doubt Eddie Fisher actually had this many famous women in his bed. Although he names names, he doesn't explain why he considered some women better lovers than others, so you can't learn any tricks here.

Eddie, in the end, does come to realize that for a lasting career, he should have given his selection of songs to record more attention than he did chasing women, or assisting his buddies Mike Todd and Dr. Max with their work. Just like Tony Curtis cheapened his movie career by never turning down a role, no matter how bad the movie, Fisher recorded any song he was given. In the early 1950s, when crooners and novelty songs were popular, he realized great fame, but out of that era, only Frank Sinatra, who also recorded a lot of novelty crap early on, managed to create a lasting body of work. And Fisher was a terrible actor, so he never made it in the movies.

If he had not left the artificial and always-on Debbie Reynolds for the drama queen hypochondriac Elizabeth Taylor, and then been cuckolded by her with Richard Burton, his career would have gone the route of Frankie Avalon, Dion, Tom Jones, or Bobby Sherman...wildly popular and then an old guy just singing old songs. I mean, what is the audience for an Al Jolson tribute album post-Beatles? He was a lounge act that was huge in 1953 and long over by 1968. It's amazing so many young girls continued to think he was a sexual prize. (Ann-Margret, what were you thinking?) (But then I don't understand Hugh Hefner either.)

As a father, he was zero. His daughters with Connie Stevens came out all right without a dad, so you have to figure Reynolds did a number on Carrie and Todd Fisher.

Fisher is very frank here and remembers an amazing amount of details about his very colorful life, and in the end, he does come to some realizations about the mistakes, but there was no way he was ever going to have a lasting career. A Sinatra (who was not a good human being - why is he on a postage stamp???) comes along once a century. I'm amazed, with all the meth injections he took, he has lived to be an old man. How did that happen?

I liked the conversational style of the writing, the repeating of things for emphasis, the catch phrase "words can't describe" when things come to a head. So, all in all, a frank and entertaining memoir about a not so fabulous person who passed through some remarkable times in entertainment history.

5-0 out of 5 stars "There was a meth to my madness."
I was never an Eddie Fisher fan but I still enjoyed reading this autobiography.A lot.In it, Fisher comes across as the most egotistical man ever to write a book; according to him he had the best voice, was the biggest star and greatest lover in history.His never-ending hubris gets to be quite comical, actually, as he never tires of singing his own praises.

He cheerfully admits to being the world's worst father ("I didn't see my kids for years at a time.") and blames all his troubles on his decades-long drug addiction.But his famous marriages and non-stop love affairs are what make this a real page-turner.He happily names names and sullies the reputations of practically every well-known (at the time) star in Hollywood while simply saying he was as irresistible to women as they were to him.Married five times, he dishes the dirt on Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens and is especially unkind to Debbie Reynolds.

The book is written in a happy-go-lucky, chatty style designed to show how vulnerable he was through most of his career, while laughing off the endless bad choices he made.I was surprised at how fascinated I became with his story and how much I enjoyed this tell-all book. ... Read more

9. Rebuilding Workbook: When Your Relationship Ends (Rebuilding Books)
by Bruce Fisher, Jere Bierhaus, Bruce Fisher Ed.D., Jere Bierhaus , Bruce Fisher Ed.D.
Paperback: 128 Pages (2001-01-02)
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5-0 out of 5 stars not new but still the best
Fisher applies stages of grief to the divorce/break-up process so you can make sense of your experience and not feel so crazy. Good book, good advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful for Self Esteem and Self Acceptance
Am a therapist. Found book once at discount used store. Found many pages trauma patients could relate to, especially those needing to 'feel' to 'understand their need to reattach to feelings' and those feeling abandoned or alone.Purchased book to go with the workbook. Many truths.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant service
This produce was everything I expected and the service was fast and professional. I would always have confidence using amazon as the result of this purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Only helpful if you are in a class
The book is very informative and insightful.The workbook, however, is really only good if you are taking one of their classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rebuilding Workbook: When your relationship ends
This book is an absolute must for anyone going through a relationship breakup. The book sets out all the different phases of breakup grief and gives you some logic and hope in a crazy, painful time.
I first discovered this book in 1999 and have recommended it to everyone whom has been in the same situation since. ... Read more

10. Sí.......de acuerdo!
by Roger Fisher, Roger y Ury William y Patton, Bruce Fisher, Roger y Ury William y Patton, Bruce Fisher
Paperback: 228 Pages (2001)
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11. Fisher Investments on Consumer Staples (Fisher Investments Press)
by Fisher Investments, Michael Cannivet, Andrew Teufel
Hardcover: 216 Pages (2009-07-07)
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The third installment of the Fisher Investments On series is a comprehensive guide to the Consumer Staples industry—which includes companies that manufacture and sell food and beverages, tobacco, prescription drugs, and household products, to name a few.

This reliable resource provides you with the tools to help you understand and analyze opportunities within today's global Consumer Staples sector. With this book as your guide, you can quickly become familiar with how the Consumer Staples sector is segmented by industries, their respective macroeconomic drivers, and the challenges facing companies in this sector. Additionally, there are chapters dedicated to explaining many of the unique aspects of Consumer Staples products in emerging markets and security analysis techniques focused on Consumer Staples firms.

You don't have to be a professional to learn to better invest in the Consumer Staples sector—but you do need to be prepared. Fisher Investments on Consumer Staples can help get you up to speed in this area and help you make better decisions through any market conditions.

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12. Fisher Investments on Energy (Fisher Investments Press)
by Fisher Investments, Andrew Teufel, Aaron Azelton
Paperback: 255 Pages (2009-02-03)
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The first offering from the Fisher Investments On investing series is a comprehensive guide to the Energy sector. The book can benefit both new and seasoned investors, covering everything from Energy sector basics to specific industry insights to practical investing tactics, including common pitfalls to avoid. Azelton and Teufel demonstrate a method for uncovering performance and risk-management opportunities—and show the readers how they can do it, too. Filled with detailed graphs and tables, unique insight, and practical advice, Fisher Investments on Energy can provide readers with a solid foundation in this sector.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Introduction to Energy Business
This is a good introduction to the energy business. Without being redundant, you can read the product information above, and the other reviewed comments.
I just finished reading the book today and found a wealth of good information which one needs to know if you are going to invest in this business. If you know ( or think you know) all about the oil/gas business then take a pass.
For me, understanding "up/mid/down" stream businesses and all the pieces that work together was very helpful. The book covers world hydrocarbon reserves, who has it/who doesn't. Want to know about oil sands/oil shale.. it's here just for starters. Just a good.. easy to read/understandable book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good overview but not much specifics
The book covers the energy sector but it should be re-titled "Fisher Investments on Oil" because this is what the majority of the book is about. It covers some natural gas and coal fundamentals but only to a small extent, mostly delving into how these are driven by regional factors and not global factors.

The first 60 pages goes over the oil fundamentals and the different types of companies out there (exploration, service companies, etc.), what the difference between upstream and downstream are, which are most sensitive to the price of oil and which are more stable with respect to stock price volatility, what are dayrates for rigs, etc. If you don't know the basics, its actually a very good tutorial and even a good review if you do now the fundamental. But then, like a lot of other books, it repeats itself for the next 60 pages by breaking down the oil industry subsectors and once again going over the same fundamentals stated in the first 60 pages. But there is nothing on how to value the companies or rate the companies with respect to performance

With the rest of the book you get facts here and there about natural gas and coal. You also get a quick look at the new energy sources (solar, wind, etc.) and why they won't work, at least not right away. Then in the final 1/4 of the book you get a tutorial about benchmarking against an index, how to do top-down analysis to bet which way the sector will move, etc. If you've read a Ken Fisher book before, its basically a pitch for his stock picking method,but at least without any ads for his firm.

If you know absolutely nothing about oil, oil services, rigs, etc., then this easy to read book (can easily read in a day) is a great intro to oil and would probably rate 4 stars instead. If you already now enough to understand half of what is said during an oil company conference call, then there probably aren't enough specifics here to be that interesting and it is too much overview; you are better off just looking things up on the web or reading through a 10-K, ... Read more

13. The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't (Fisher Investments Press)
by Ken Fisher
Paperback: 448 Pages (2008-10-20)
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The Only Three Questions That Count is the first book to show you how to think about investing for yourself and develop innovative ways to understand and profit from the markets. The only way to consistently beat the markets is by knowing something others don’t know. This book will show you how to do just that by using three simple questions. You’ll see why CNBC’s Mad Money host and money manager James J. Cramer says, "I believe that reading his book may be the single best thing you could do this year to make yourself a better investor.

In The Only Three Questions That Count, Ken Fisher challenges the conventional wisdoms of investing, overturns glib theories with hard facts, and blows up complacent beliefs about money and the markets. Ultimately, he says, the key to successful investing is daring to challenge yourself and whatever you believe to be true. Packed with more than 100 visuals, usable tools, and a glossary, The Only Three Questions That Count is an entertaining and educational experience in the markets unlike any other, giving you an opportunity to reap the huge rewards that only the markets can offer. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some good points, but poorly written
I didn't know really what to expect from this book. I have already red over 100 investment books and saw a lot of positive comments on this book from Fisher, so I thought I give it a try.

First of all, I think the book has a lot of valid points and some good (fresh) ideas that were very helpful to improve my trading style. For these tips alone I give the book 3 stars. Some of the helpful stuff I got out of this book:

- Use a benchmark to evaluate your trading style. Don't go to lightly over this and carefully select an index that matches the stocks you are going to trade.
- Don't focus on stocks individually, but rather watch them in groups.
- Use lineair regression analysis to measure volatility and be carefull about make conclusions
- Don't just split volatility in good and bad volatility be calculating a semi-standard volatility
- Go for the long term
- The various correlations the author mentions (budget deficit, rising oil prices, ...)

Unfortunately the author needs tons of text to show you his conclusions. I also kept having the feeling he couldn't really stick to the point. This made the reading a bit irritating. For example, his whole chapter on P/E's could have been described in a single alinea. It may be nice to read all of this stuff if you are a complete novice to this, but most people familiar with trading books already know this. If you have already red some books from Niederhoffer, this was just the same stuff.

In conclusion: some good (helpfull) points, but just too much talk.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reading through a thicket
As a fairly intelligent reader and as one who understands statistics and ratios; and also being one of the five percent of readers who were predicted by Ken Fisher to finish the book, I did not feel at the end that I learned how to beat the market or improve on my investing success or lack thereof. Rather I believe the book to be a valuable marketing tool to entice the 95% of readers who purchased the book and did not really read it to be enchanted with statistical theorem.I do enjoy reading Ken's columns as printed in Forbes and feel he is knowledgeable about investing and don't mean to diminish his talent in any way. I just feel the book didn't really educate as much as I hoped it would.
Robert A. Shaines
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4-0 out of 5 stars Isthere a there there?
I don't agree with everything Mr. Fisher says, I think his own chart,figure 1.2 ,disproves that P/E's don't matter. It just took 3-4 years of super high P/E's to build up towards the bubble bursting in 2001.
How to learn to know things that others don't know, however, like those few of us that know of the oncoming LED Revolution, is a super powerful process, described in micro detail in this book. How you should turn every belief and every question upside down, and look at analysis in reverse, is how Mr. Fisher got to the point where he manages 30billion in assets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review from the Aleph Blog
I resisted getting this book when it first came out.Much as I enjoy Ken Fisher as a writer, and appreciate the interaction that I have had with him over the years, the title turned me away."Three questions? Only three?Investing is far more complex than that."I would say that to myself.

After reviewing his most recent book, I said to myself, "Well, you've reviewed all of his books but one; you may as well do it."So, I borrowed the book from a friend.

I wish I had read it sooner.The three questions are simple ones, and they have been mentioned elsewhere on the internet, so here they are:

* What do you believe that is actually false?
* What can you fathom that others find unfathomable?
* What the heck is my brain doing to blindside me now?

The idea is to get us to think more deeply.Test the received wisdom to see if it is really true.Look for unusual areas of competitive advantage that you have that are possessed by few.Your emotions will often lead you astray: look for opportunity amid fear; look for shelter amid wild abandon.

Competitive advantage in investing is an elusive thing.The clever idea that you might discover is just one journal article away from an academic toiling in obscurity, but will go to ahedge fund two years from now.

Patterns that work in one market should work in most markets.If your discovery seems to work in most places, it might work well, until it is discovered and used heavily.

I found a number of insights useful.Like me, he uses E/P relative to bond yields to try to estimate whether markets are rich or cheap.I also found his insights about how the yield curve affects style investing to be useful.I do something like that through my industry rotation.

Now, in the intermediate-run, most things that people are scared about don't affect the market much.Government deficits seem to be a positive for stocks in the short run.Trade deficit?Little effect on stocks.Weak dollar?Little effect.This book debunks a number of common worries, though I would say that if the problem got significantly bigger, perhaps the result would be different.

Ken Fisher offers what I would deem to be good advice on Asset Allocation, and how to make sell decisions, amid many other issues.I enjoyed the book a lot, and would recommend it to my readers.


Occasionally, the book seems disjointed.Ken Fisher is covering a lot of ground, and he takes a decent number of "side trips" to explain concepts.The flip side of that is that the book covers many areas of the equity markets, and helps to explain what drives them.

Now, sometimes I wonder if multivariate approaches might reveal different conclusions than what Ken Fisher comes to.

Who would benefit from the book: Investors with moderate experience in investing who are finding the going harder than they expected.This book will help them take a step back, and think twice about investment decisions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Debunking Conventional Financial Myths & Other Valuable Insights
I was late reading this book as it has already been out a few years. However, that was my loss as the title hides more than what is inside and what the book and author provides the reader. On the whole, the author turns conventional wisdom on its head then left and right throughout the text. If you have been investing for sometime, then you may already know some of the falsehoods that Wall Street and your broker preaches. Irrespective or even if you are aware of the falsehoods, there are many that I am of the belief you will not know about and recommend reading Ken Fisher's fine book.

I kept this review short as there are plenty of other fine reviews available, but this book will indeed expand or help improve on your investment insights. Broken down to its core, the author's recommendation and advice is to adopt a benchmark, preferably global, and overweight or underweight it when asking the three questions while avoiding the financial myths. This should provide you, the investor, a slight advantage over the market. Though it sounds very simple, we know the market is the great discounter and loves confusing both novices and professionals. This book will help the novices from stepping in a few potholes and also should help the professional turn over a new leaf or two. Enjoy :)
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14. Perspectives on Shared Reading : Planning and Practice
by Bobbi Fisher, Emily Fisher Medvic
Paperback: 96 Pages (2000-03)
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Here in one practical resource, busy teachers will find an array of useful strategies for implementing shared reading techniques in pre-K through Grade 2 classrooms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I found the book very helpful.It was easy to read and I believe that I can take the information straight into the classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Early Childhood resource!
Bobbi Fisher has done it again!This is a must for all early childhood teachers.A very readable, practical book about using shared reading as a strategy in your early childhood classroom, along with the added pleasureof having Bobbi's daughter talk about her experiences as a first yearteacher.A must! ... Read more

15. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, Seventh Edition
by Barry A. J. Fisher, David Fisher
Hardcover: 572 Pages (2003-09-25)
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This latest edition of Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation examines concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. It has been widely adopted by police academies, community colleges, and universities and is recommended for preparation for certification exams. Written in an easy-to-read style, this comprehensive text offers up-to-date technical expertise that the author has developed over many years in law enforcement. Includes check-off lists, case studies, and 16 pages of full-color illustrated photos. Also included is an appendix on equipment for crime scene investigations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review
Great book for beginner CSI, written in a language you can understand and interesting enough to read cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forensic Science
Thanks to books like this and Amazon, I am now a Criminalist without being broke.

5-0 out of 5 stars crime scene investigation review
It is a great book that is truly pertinent to the topic it relates to and doesn't go off on a tangent. If you are looking for a book that is related to crime scene techniques then this is a book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review
This is a fine book which will help me in my studies of forensic analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Keeps Getting Better
Once again, Mr. Fisher has kept us updated with the ever changing world of forensic science and the techniques of crime scene investigation, in this seventh edition. The book encompasses current information in an intelligent and organized manner with the methodology to address, not only the elements of the investigation but also the interaction of the personnel involved.
This in depth text should be on every forensic investigator's bookshelf.

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16. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
by Philip A. Fisher
Paperback: 320 Pages (2003-09-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Critical Praise for Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings

"You will find lots of jewels in these pages that may do as much for you as they have for me."
–– Kenneth L. Fisher

"I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings. When I met him, I was as impressed by the man as by his ideas. A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil’s techniques . . . enables one to make intelligent investment commitments."
–– Warren Buffett

"Little known to the public, rarely interviewed, and accepting few clients, Philip Fisher is nevertheless read and studied by most thoughtful investment professionals . . . everyone will profit from pondering–as Warren Buffett has done–the investment principles Fisher espouses."
–– James W. Michaels
former editor, Forbes

"My own copy [of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings] has underlinings and marginal thoughts throughout."
–– John Train
author of Dance of the Money Bees

Updated features include a new Preface and Introduction from Kenneth L. Fisher

Widely respected and admired, Philip Fisher is among the most influential investors of all time. His investment philosophies, introduced almost forty years ago, are not only studied and applied by today’s finance professionals, but are also regarded by many as gospel. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings reveals these timeless philosophies. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (67)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but has its flaws.
This book was an inspiration to Warren Buffett so it is an automatic must read. The first part of the book is not written in very good english, but some of the ideas are genius. It's been a couple years since I've read this book, but I do believe he does take a shot at the Ben Graham philosophy of investing without even understanding it.

Read books by Buffett, Graham, and Peter Lynch first. After that, you will be able to digest this writing more properly. I do not believe it's a great writing overall, but there are gold nuggets spread throughout the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars what else do you need to invest?
If you are in to investing you need only 2 books. This and the intelligent investor by benjamin graham.

5-0 out of 5 stars common stocks and Uncommon Profits
I did not get this book that i bought please send me out anthoer one, I not write you because I was out of the coutry and Please call me at 941-302-2561 or Email on this matter. I realy need this book soon Thank you Tracey Barberena, 11346 sw cedar ave Arcadia, Fla 34269

5-0 out of 5 stars Still true after 50 years
I haven't seen a finance book that still holds veracity of the facts after so many years and so many crisis. A MUST READ.

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting points but not too useful for the average investor
It's amazing that many points Phil writes about is still relevant today.This is a good book for the investor with a good amount of investment experience.

His investment approach mainly deals with management and sales analysis.I find this to be very helpful to someone with close relationships with management (mutual fund managers, hedge fund managers, large investors)and someone who is very knowledgeable with investment analysis (CFA charterholder) However, most investors don't have this access nor do they have this experience.

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17. Rescue on Parrot Island (Fisher Price)
by Jay Bissonet, Fisher-Price (Firm)
Board book: 12 Pages (1999-08)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$1.99
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Asin: 1575843226
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for younger fans
Rescue on Parrot Island is short and not exactly a meaningful or thought provoking book for children.But if your child is a rescue heroes fan, he or she will love it.The book includes spinning wheel graphic effects on each page which make it fun for all kids.My 5 year old requests it aboutonce a week. ... Read more

18. 100 Minds That Made the Market (Fisher Investments Press)
by Ken Fisher
Paperback: 448 Pages (2007-08-24)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.00
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Asin: 047013951X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Introducing the new Fisher Investment Series, comprised of engaging and informative titles written by renowned money manager and bestselling author Ken Fisher. This series offers essential insights into the worlds of investing and finance.

Over the course of nearly two centuries, the innovations, mistakes, and scandals of different market participants have played an important role in shaping today's financial markets. Now, in 100 Minds That Made the Market, Ken Fisher delivers cameo biographies of these pioneers of American financial history. From Joe Kennedy's "sexcapades" to Jesse Livermore's suicide, this book details the drama, the dirt, and the financial principles of an amazingly inventive group of financial minds. Fisher digs deep to uncover the careers, personal lives, and contributions of these individuals, and leads you through the lessons that can be learned from each one. Here you have 100 of the best teachers -- some you already know, some you will feel you know, and some you may not have previously discovered -- whose experiences will undoubtedly enhance your understanding of the markets.

With a few pages dedicated to each person, 100 Minds That Made the Market quickly captures the essence of the people and ideas that have influenced the evolution of the financial industry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review from the Aleph Blog
Some people are hard to buy gifts for.With books, there is often a trade-off between books that say a lot, and those that people are willing to read.One book that I think hits the sweet spot is 100 Minds That Made The Market, by Ken Fisher.

Why do I think this?This book is 100 little books in one volume.You can pick this book up for five minutes, and read a well-written 3-4 page biography of person who has had a significant impact on how our markets work today.Then you can put it down, get back to work, and think that you have learned something significant.

When I read this book back in the late '90s, I recognized about half of the people who were profiled in the book.I felt that I learned a lot in a short amount of time.

Consider the categories of people that the book deals with:

* The greats of the distant past (late 18th Century to mid 19th Century)
* Investment Writers and Data Publishers
* Famous investment bankers
* Bankers
* Central Bankers
* New Deal Regulators
* Swindlers, Scamps, Rogues, and Thieves
* Statisticians, Economists, and Nuts
* SuccessfulEntrepreneurs and Speculators
* Unsuccessful Entrepreneurs and Speculators
* Notable Oddballs
* And more

The biographies are well-written and concise.They illustrate eras in Western, and in particular, American Capitalism.Many of the names are obscure in the present day, but after you read the biography, you have no doubt that they were important to their era.

I enjoyed the book greatly, and hope that you will too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too brief and tabloid that do investors and traders no good at all
I didnt expect to learn much from a book that summarizes a great mind in only three to four pages. However, I also didnt expect the author, or editors employed by the successful fund manager/author/columnist to adopt that tabloid style to drill into the personal life rather than the investing/trading/business success of each. For e.g. on Benjamin Graham, "Meanwhile, Graham was also busy bustling between his homes in La Jolla, California and Provence, France, where he ultimately died in the company of his long time French mistress, whom he'd courted away from his son!" I had not read through the whole book, but similar "insulting style" was applied on Bernard Baruch, Jesse Livermore and William Gann, of which I had studied before. If you read to sharpen your edge, I strongly recommend you to put your valuable time and money somewhere else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent short biographies
This is a great book for reading the short bios of the financial history makers. I just picked and chose the people I was interested in reading about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for those interested in financial history
100 great biographies of the most influential personalities that affect the markets even today.If you're interested in how our markets developed from it's chaotic beginning this is a great book.I particularly enjoyed the section on crooks and scams.It's amazing some of the things people will do. ... Read more

19. Home Staging with Design Psychology: Sell Your Home for Top Dollar--Fast!
by Jeanette Fisher
Paperback: 208 Pages (2006-08-08)
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Asin: 0974932825
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Explore new ways to prepare your home or investment properties for selling through Design Psychology, a science and art that reinvents interior design.

Design Psychology expert Jeanette Fisher shares researched-based secrets to selling houses for more than the competition. Design Psychology attracts buyers who won't hesitate to pay top dollar for a home's emotional and lifestyle benefits.

Discover how to redesign or fix up homes with design elements known to attract specific potential buyers. Develop a strategic design and marketing plan to make changes that help buyers connect to your house on an emotional level. Prepare your home for sale by eliciting positive responses from a buyer who can see, hear, smell, feel, and even taste that they want to buy your home.

The step-by-step book offers easy ways to prepare your home for sale, along with ways to use marketing psychology to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar-FAST!

Read Jeanette Fisher's latest book and find out how to:

• Redesign with color psychology, lighting, landscaping, and other strategies to create spaces that make buyers feel happy and uplifted in your home.

• Stage your home to suggest ways a buyer will enjoy an improved lifestyle if they buy your home.

• Market your home to highlight its emotional benefits and make it stand out from all other houses on the market.

• Sell your home to motivated buyers who bring great offers to your front door.

Don't just compete with other home sellers: redesign your home with Design Psychology so buyers compete with each other for your home!

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5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal on Staging
"I have purchased over 2 dozen staging
books for resale and none even begin to touch yours! The concepts in
your book as they relate to emotional responses are amazing."
You are not going to find a more indepth and scientific approach to preparing real estate for sale. If you want the fluffy stuff pick another book. This one gets to the real deal of staging and is very interesting to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
This was my second copy purchased to give as a gift- great, different info.Colored pictures would make it a 5 star ... Read more

20. What Mrs. Fisher Knows About So. Cooking (Cooking in America)
by Abby Fisher Mrs Mrs
Paperback: 96 Pages (1995-03-01)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$5.00
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Asin: 1557094039
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a wonderful collection of 160 authentic and tasty recipes of the Old South. Originally published in 1881, it was the first African-American cookbook. Prior to Applewood's edition, it had been reprinted only once in a limited edition of 100 copies. 93849
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5-0 out of 5 stars What mrs Fisher Knows....
This book goes into my historical collection of recipes, many are more simple than contemporary recipes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just a cookbook
This is more than a cookbook (because most recipes you can't recreate), it is a historical account of life as a slave cook.

3-0 out of 5 stars What Mrs. fisherknows about Old Southern Cooking
The recipes are cleverly presented but they consist of brief summaries or notes about cooking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting for the student of African-American Gastronomy
"What Mrs. Fisher Knows" is a charming antique and should be read by anyone with an interest in African-American or Southern cookery, or anyone who would like to re-create authentic 19th century American cuisine.

This reprint of "What Mrs. Fisher Knows" was brought into being by Karen Hess.Hess has provided an informative introduction to the recipes (which are reproduced in their entirety), explaining many 19th century cooking concepts which may be unfamiliar to the modern cook and providing as much of Abby Fisher's story as can be found.In Fisher's original text it is interesting to see some of the earliest known written recipes for several dishes and to discover others which are almost unknown today.Fisher's original recipes are typical of 19th century (and earlier) cookbooks.Each recipe is several sentences in a single paragraph, with no separate ingredient list.In many cases it is assumed that the cook will know how to prepare something that is taken as a given in the recipe.This is a cookbook from a time when all cooking was "from scratch", when there were few labor-saving kitchen gadgets, and printed books were luxury items.It is not a step-by-step cookbook.[For that, see Chef Paul Prudhomme or Southern Living.]

"Good Things to Eat" by Rufus Estes is sometimes called the first cookbook written by an African-American."What Mrs. Fisher Knows" was published thirty years earlier.(It could be said that Mrs. Fisher, a former slave, did not actually "write" the book as she evidently did not know how to write; she dictated the recipes to a member of the Women's Cooperative Printing Office in San Francisco which published the work in 1881.)

(The editor, Karen Hess has done similar work on Mary Randolph's "The Virginia Housewife" and "Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats".)

4-0 out of 5 stars Historical Treasure
As soon as I learned of this book's existence, I ordered a copy for myself.I love cooking (and cookbooks), and I am also fascinated by the kind of first-person, anecdotal history that can be derived from the writings or records of ordinary people living long ago.This work--the first cookbook by an African-American, actually a former slave, originally published in 1881-- appeals to both of those interests, and, in addition, is a curious little conversation piece to display on a bookshelf. The recipes are not ones you will turn to each night when making dinner, but they are fun to experiment with, as long as you rewrite the directions first in their proper order (they are written in a stream-of-consciousness style), and as long as you read the historical notes that define the units of measure used in the recipes.This book could be a great guide for a "historical reinactment" of a Civil War era dinner, or, if not, then it is at least a selective culinary history of the Old South.Most interesting to me are the medicinal recipes, like blackberry syrup as a remedy for dysentery, and the recipe for "infant diet."This edition contains not only the original cookbook, but an informative afterword that explains some historical facts about Mrs. Fisher and the society around her.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American history, African-American history, or the art of cooking. ... Read more

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