Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is a chronicle of Jesse Livermore’s life, one of the 19th century’s most famous traders. His fame was resides in the fact that he earned millions on the market several times, just to go bankrupt quickly after. For instance, shortly before the 1907 crisis, Jesse shorted the entire market and made $3 million ($40 million today, adjusted for inflation). That same year, he lost everything – and was even $1 million in debt. In 1929, Jesse’s net worth was $100 million ($1.3 billion today, adjusted for inflation). 5 years later, he was broke once again.