Top critical review
3.0 out of 5 starsValuable ideas, not enjoyable read, not for small investors.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on August 27, 2017
There's definitely some really valuable content in this book, but it may seem too long and painful to read considering it was originally written in 1958 and the writing style of the author is a bit outdated. It could be a very good 20 pages documents, but the reality is that it's a 282 pages book with a lot of very detailed stories that could have been more "straight to the point". The principles shown are sound, interesting and valuable but for almost any small investor, Fisher's "scuttlebutt method" is impossible to apply.
So, because it's not a very enjoyable read and because the scuttlebutt method is almost impossible to apply as a small investor, I cannot give it more than 3 stars. I will read all the books I've already read at least two more times before I'll read this one again. In my opinion, for a small investor, it's not a "Top 10" book. You can find all the "basics" behind the thinking of Philip Fisher on the internet without having to read this book.
Finally, if you decide to read it, do yourself a favor and don't read the 40 pages intros (yes, 40 pages of intros) by his son Kenneth L. Fisher.