The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 22, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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A half-century of Wall Street history as seen through the lives of its most illustrious family
This compelling new narrative from bestselling author John Rothchild tells the story of three generations of the legendary Davis family, who rank among the most successful investors in the history of the Street. With a novelist's wit and eye for telling detail, Rothchild chronicles the financial escapades of this eccentric, pioneering clan, providing a vivid portrait of fifty years of Wall Street history along the way. Rothchild shadows the Davis family's holdings through two lengthy bull markets, two savage and seven mild bear markets, one crash, and twenty-five corrections and, in the process, reveals the strategies behind the family's uncanny ability to consistently beat the markets.
The Davis Dynasty begins in 1947, the year Shelby Davis quit his job as a state bureaucrat and, armed with $50,000 of his wife's money, took the plunge into stock investing. By the time he died in 1994, he had multiplied his wife's original stake 8,000 times! The story continues with his son, Shelby, who established one of the most successful funds of the past thirty years. The final characters in this enthralling family saga are grandsons Chris and Andrew. Both surrendered to the Davis family passion for investing and both went on to earn reputations as investment luminaries in their own right.
John Rothchild (Miami Beach, FL) co-wrote the blockbusters One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn with Peter Lynch. He is the author of Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets (Wiley: 0-471-34882-1), A Fool and His Money (Wiley: 0-471-25138-0), and Going for Broke. He has written for Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and other leading magazines and he has appeared on the Today Show, the Nightly Business Report, and CNBC.
  

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Review: The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street

User Review  - Nashvilledore - Goodreads

Excellent story on an obscure but extremely successful investor in insurance stocks. Davis also managed to successfully pass along his investing principles to his son and grandsons. Read full review

Review: The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

An unintentionally uplifting condemnation of capitalism, its destructive effects on society, individuals, and hard work. A must-read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Davis Meets His Bankroll
13
CHAPTER 2
23
CHAPTER 4
49
CHAPTER 6
64
Davis Shops Abroad
107
CHAPTER 12
161
CHAPTER 14
184
Davis on the Rebound
193
CHAPTER 15
205
CHAPTER 17
243
Source Notes
296
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JOHN ROTHCHILD co-wrote the blockbusters One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn (all with Peter Lynch). He is the sole author of The Bear Book, A Fool and His Money, and Going for Broke. A former editor of the Washington Monthly and Fortune magazine, Rothchild has written for Harper?s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and other magazines. He has appeared on the Today show, the Nightly Business Report, and CNBC.

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