Gerald M. Loeb is the rich man's Horatio Alger or Oliver Optic with the (000's) omitted. To visualize him in rags would be to exaggerate, but to see him rich in terms of millions, and much more importantly in sheer power, is cold realism. To anyone interested in brains or money, this has to be a fascinating book. From a standing start Loeb parlayed caution, courage and integrity into first, income and reputation as a broker, and inevitably, into a substantial fortune as a superbly informed and disciplined investor and speculator. He too has had his ups and downs in The Street, but good poker players win over the years. On occasion even his fiascos paid off. Except in regard to broad and impeccable principles, the book will be of little aid to the small investor since it holds that ALL of a man's time must be spent in study and observation of stocks, bonds and companies. But the book should attract the gleam in the eye of any man who has ever tried to beat the market.