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Four Pillars with 2010 Postscript

Post by Bill Bernstein » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:56 pm

Over the years, I've rigorously avoided plugging my books on the site. However, I've noticed that even though there's a "new" version of "The Four Pillars of Investing" available on Amazon, folks are still buying the "old" version. The difference between the 2010 version and 2002 version is that the former has a postscript written this year, and, after the Amazon discount, costs 2 cents more.

Certainly, if you've already read the old version, DO NOT BUY THE NEW ONE.

But anyone buying it for the first time should make sure they're paying for the 2010 version:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... ardsorg-20

Thanks!

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Post by Taylor Larimore » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:11 pm

Hi Bill:
"DO NOT BUY THE NEW ONE."


I wouldn't call this, "plugging my book." :?

Your book, Four Pillars of Investing is one of the best personal investment books ever written. Bogleheads can read excerpts here:

The Four Pillars of Investing--a Gem
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Post by chaz » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:14 pm

I enjoyed [and learned] reading "The Four Pillars of Investing".

Thanks to the author.
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Post by HomerJ » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:26 pm

Best financial book I ever read...

Changed my life.

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Post by wbond » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:32 pm

Dr. Bernstein,

Thanks for the tip. I like to give that book as a gift, so will ensure I get the post-scripted version next time I order.

I'm also eagerly awaiting the now once yearly efficient frontier post.

-wbond

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Post by dcfriedrich » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:35 pm

Hello Bill,

I absolutely love your book "The Four Pillars of Investing". It allowed me to achieve my goal of finding retirement plant that I can stick to with confidence (I am 28 now). I also just cracked open "The Birth of Plenty" which is sitting on my work desk right now. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Chris

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Post by KyleAAA » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:52 pm

Four Pillars is my second favorite investing book after the Intelligent Asset Allocator.

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Re: Four Pillars with 2010 Postscript

Post by baw703916 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:54 pm

wbern wrote:The difference between the 2010 version and 2002 version is that the former has a postscript written this year, and, after the Amazon discount, costs 2 cents more.
Your two cents' worth on the 2008 Crash? :wink:

I've enjoyed everything of yours that I've read. Even The Intelligent Asset Allocator--but then, I'm a math geek!

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Post by madsinger » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:56 pm

rrosenkoetter wrote:Best financial book I ever read...

Changed my life.
I totally agree with this statement. I'll repeat it for emphasis:

Best financial book I ever read...

-Brad.

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Post by Bill Bernstein » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:09 pm

OK, Chris said the magic words, which are "Birth of Plenty." I also got McGraw-Hill, finally, to bring out a paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... ardsorg-20

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Post by mickeyd » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:46 pm

But anyone buying it for the first time should make sure they're paying for the 2010 version:
Thanks so much for the heads-up Bill. I was going to make a purchase today as a gift for a friend. Now I'll have to borrow it from him to see the difference.
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Re: Four Pillars with 2010 Postscript

Post by VictoriaF » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:58 pm

baw703916 wrote:
wbern wrote:The difference between the 2010 version and 2002 version is that the former has a postscript written this year, and, after the Amazon discount, costs 2 cents more.
Your two cents' worth on the 2008 Crash? :wink:

I've enjoyed everything of yours that I've read. Even The Intelligent Asset Allocator--but then, I'm a math geek!

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Re: Four Pillars with 2010 Postscript

Post by Sunny Sarkar » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:11 pm

wbern wrote:The difference between the 2010 version and 2002 version is that the former has a postscript written this year, and, after the Amazon discount, costs 2 cents more.
Or we could get an used copy for more than twice the price :-)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... ition=used
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Post by Rick Ferri » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:19 pm

AND.....

If you buy Bill's updated book along with the newly released 2010 edition of All About Asset Allocation you'll qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

Bill Bernstein wrote the forward, BTW. And it was also splendid. :wink:

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Post by The Dude Abides » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:50 pm

Great to see you on the forum, Bill. I read your book last year and found it excellent. I may get it from the library just to read the forward!
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Post by Goldfinger » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:12 pm

Dr. Bill,

Thanks for the heads up. By the way, I've read 4 Pillars at least 3 times (like you've stated before, we all forget things, so there's value to rereading!) and regard it as the finest book I've ever read.

I hope you sell a truckload of them.

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Post by Alex Frakt » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:15 pm

That's probably my fault. I didn't realize there was a new edition - I'll update the link on the Investing Books page.

BTW, I put the bogleheads referral tag on the links. Hope you don't mind. If you take it off, I won't put it back.

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Post by sschullo » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:41 pm

Great books Bill.
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Post by DRiP Guy » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:51 pm

I love mine.

If you don't have this book, purchase it.

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Post by LadyGeek » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:54 pm

The wiki was also updated. All Amazon.com links contain the Bogleheads' Amazon referral tags. It's not a problem to modify the referral tags if you wish.

Please see Books: Recommendations and Reviews on the Bogleheads Wiki. I added a footnote about the version differences, referenced back to this thread.

Please see Taylor Larimore's Investment Gems on the Bogleheads Wiki.

Comments / corrections are welcome.
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Updating the Gems

Post by Taylor Larimore » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:02 pm

Lady Geek:

Thank you for keeping the Investment Gems updated. I assume their Amazon links provide a small donation for forum administration when a book is ordered.
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Post by Leif » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:06 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I probably would have assumed that it had been updated, like the recent Bogle update I bought.

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Post by LadyGeek » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:12 pm

Updating is not automatic. It depends on the efforts of the wiki editors. Credit for updating the "Four Pillars" Amazon link actually goes to CyberBob. I just did the most recent updates.

To see wiki activity, just click on "recent changes" (under "navigation") on the sidebar at the left side of the display.

If anyone orders directly via the wiki links, the referral should be good. The other way is through the forum's "Amazon" link on the main page.
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Post by vfxdrummer » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:11 pm

ditto....

Thanks Bill!

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Post by LiveFreeorDie » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:49 am

Rick Ferri wrote:AND.....

If you buy Bill's updated book along with the newly released 2010 edition of All About Asset Allocation you'll qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

Bill Bernstein wrote the forward, BTW. And it was also splendid. :wink:
This would be what is called "plugging your book"? :lol:

Rick, on a more serious note, are there any plans to release your book on Kindle?

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Best read for English majors

Post by Bammerman » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:55 pm

Seriously, Four Pillars is my all-time favorite investing book. Actually, when I finished that book, I stopped reading investment books altogether (magazines too). I believe I learned a great deal from it.

Also very good and helpful was Bogle on Mutual Funds.

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Post by Rick Ferri » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:06 pm

LiveFreeorDie wrote:Rick, are there any plans to release your book on Kindle?
None that I am aware of. I beleive that's up to the publisher. Will pass it on.

Rick Ferri

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