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The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire

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Michael T. Kaufman spent close to forty years at The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent, columnist, and editor. He has won the George Polk Award for foreign reporting and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. This is his sixth book. Born in Paris, he lives in Manhattan with his wife.


What makes George Soros such a fascinating topic for biographers? The year 1995 saw Robert Slater's Soros: The Life, Times and Trading Secrets of the World's Greatest Investor and Soros's own Soros on Soros, written with Byron Wien and Krisztina Koenan. Now Kaufman, a former New York Times award-winning reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor, documents the life of this successful but controversial figure, drawing on unpublished manuscripts and interviews with Soros, his family, and acquaintances. The result is this wide-ranging and absorbing book. Although the work covers the full spectrum of Soros's activities, the recurring theme is of Soros the person and his never-ending pursuit of universal truths. Despite his achievements as a remarkable money manager and generous philanthropist, Soros's lifelong dream was to become a noted philosopher. Leaving his home in Budapest at 14, he eventually became a Wall Street maverick and made billions so that he could give it away. Soros has used his wealth to create a network of Open Society foundations in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union to foster democratic institutions. More recently, he has expanded his philanthropic network to the United States, focusing on various social issues. This comprehensive biography is a good selection for business collections. Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"A fascinating account of one of the great men of our times." -The New York Times Book Review

"Masterly . . . [Kaufman] is a likable and intelligent narrator who writes with both insight and compassion." -The Washington Post Book World "A flinty-eyed exposition of a brilliant capitalist, devoted provocateur, and accidental humanitarian. You come away believing it is possible to be a really rich man and a really good man after all." -The New York Times "Kaufman excels at dissecting and explaining Soros's psychological makeup." -Salon "Kaufman's biography of Soros meets a higher truth standard than most . . . A compelling narrative notable for its candor and breadth." -The Plain Dealer "What's memorable about Kaufman's biography is its exploration of Soros as a man who satisfied his contemplative side not by making money but by finding visionary ways to spend it." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The enthralling story of an extraordinary individual. . . . Rewarding reading on several levels-as an adventure story, as food for serious philosophical speculation, and as a peek into the world of high financial wheeling and dealing." -Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Surprisingly even-handed. . . . A thoughtful analysis on the complex intersection of wealth and compassion."-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Engaging. . . .To call Soros complex is an understatement. . . . Clearly written and thoroughly researched." -San Jose Mercury News "A fascinating book about an exceedingly complicated and competitive man." -The Jewish Advocate

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