Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader


The True Life Story and Time-Tested Strategies of the World's Greatest Trader

"Excellent read! Captures the spirit and times of Jesse Livermore, legendary trader. The book tracks two major market crashes, love affairs, the shooting of Jesse Jr. by his mother, and two family suicides. . . . Never a dull moment." -Ace Greenberg, Chairman, Bear Stearns

"Terrific. I started reading it when we took off from Seoul's Kimbo Airport on my way to Germany. By the time we reached Novosibirsk, Russia . . . I had finished it. I just couldn't put it down! Not only is it a great lesson in investing and trading, it's a fascinating psychological study of what makes a great speculator tick. The rise and fall of a great speculator as well as the rise and fall of his family is great reading. The fact that it is based on interviews with Livermore's survivors and witnesses to the events makes it even more interesting. Great writing."-Mark Mobius, Managing Director, Templeton Asset Management

"As one of the most shrewd traders of all time, Jesse Livermore demonstrated how important discipline is when trading the market. Smitten . . . covers how Livermore created his rules . . . also reviews the lessons Livermore learned along the way to develop his strategies."-William J. O'Neil, Publisher, Investor's Business Daily

"A stock market classic! Most entertaining and informative book on the market that I have had the privilege to read in the last twenty years. A must-read for students of the stock market-great even for those who have no knowledge of the market. Grabs you from the start and holds you enthralled from cover to cover. Great book!"-Dan Sullivan, Publisher, The Chartist, Fund Manager, and Investment Advisor

"After reading Smitten's magnificent biography, two Japanese proverbs came to mind: 'Fortune favors the bold' and 'Darkness lies one inch ahead.' Smitten shows how fortune and darkness were integral parts of Livermore's life . . . has the intrigue of a mystery novel and the lessons of a trading master. What more can one ask for? I eagerly recommend this book to anyone interested in history, the markets, and trading psychology."-Steve Nison, author of Japanese Candlestick Charting

RICHARD SMITTEN is a full-time author and trader who resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario. As executive vice president of MTS International, he oversaw personnel on North Sea oil rigs, the design of the Dassault Mirage jet fighter, and security for the then newly discovered Nigerian oil fields. He also worked for the Vick Chemical Company where he became marketing director of the Canadian division. Smitten is the author of a number of books, including The Godmother, Capital Crimes, and Legal Tender, and the coauthor (with Robin Moore) of Inside the Cocaine Cartel.


The Great Bear of Wall Street.

The Back Story.

The San Francisco Earthquake Rumbles in New York.

The Crash of 1907.

The Cotton King.

Back on His Game.

Perfecting His Market Theory.

Stock Pools and Scandals.

Boston Billy.

The Crash of 1929.

When to Hold and When to Fold.

Livermore's Money-Management Rules.

Livermore's Luck Sours.

The Shooting of Jesse Livermore Jr.

Facing the Grim Reaper.

Livermore's Laws and Trading Secrets Revealed.