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Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson
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Seeking Wisdom

Announcement of book release and taking a crack at readers' questions

August 01, 2017

I wanted to let everyone know that my book, “Seeking Wisdom: Thoughts on Value Investing,” will be published on Aug. 12. It will be available in paperback as well as Kindle format. It is a compilation of some of my articles here on GuruFocus with quite a bit of additional (and new) content.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the fact I would stop writing for GuruFocus. Since then, many people have asked me three questions – one about me and two about the book: why I stopped writing, why I have chosen Amazon’s publishing house and why I decided to publish only a softcover version. I thought I would take a crack at answering these questions.

The first is relatively straightforward. As some of you know, I am fighting a rare genetic disorder that over time will likely kill me sooner rather than later. I have been extremely sick for the past two years (hence the departure from GuruFocus), with the last six months being particularly difficult. The ability to write, research and publish on a regular schedule is difficult with ER visits, infusions, transfusions and any other problem the disease can throw at me. The good news is I am giving as good as I get, but I recognize we are all mortal.

For the next question, I used Amazon simply because it was easiest, most convenient and had the quickest production schedule (the most emphasis on the latter) of all my choices. I wanted to have something out there in the marketplace should something happen to me (the sooner rather than later part!). It was mostly due to ego, I suppose, with a touch of worry about family support that drove the final choice.

The paperback decision was almost as easy. If anybody remembers lugging around campus the 1940 edition of “Security Analysis” in hardcover, you know sometimes size and weight start counting more than the content. At 370 pages, I wanted readers to be able to tuck the book into their briefcase or read it on whatever electronic platform they chose. Nobody needs another five pounds added to their already overburdened briefcase or messenger bag.

So now you have the long and the short of it. I greatly enjoyed writing the book, learning new content and puzzling over what to write about next. But it is really this wonderful community here at GuruFocus that made this whole thing possible. From Charlie on down, you have provided tremendous support, learning and constructive criticism in an all too ill-mannered and discourteous world. So many thanks and I hope you enjoy reading the book. 

About the author:

Thomas Macpherson
I served as CIO of the Nintai Charitable Trust and consult with Dorfman Value Investments as an investment advisor. I look for companies with high ROIC, significant free cash flow, no debt and that trade at a deep discount to fair value. Much of my writing consists of thoughts on the Nintai Charitable Trust portfolio. Unless otherwise stated, views represented in my articles are based on my former role as CIO of the trust, which I personally managed.

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Dr. Paul Price
Dr. Paul Price - 2 weeks ago    Report SPAM

Wishing you a good recovery, or at least as much fun as is still possible.

You're a terrific writer. I look forward to reading your book.

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 2 weeks ago

Thank you Paul. I always look forward to your stuff as well. I appreciate the very thoughtful comment. Best. - Tom

Dernek
Dernek - 2 weeks ago    Report SPAM

Tom, you are one of the best writers here at GuruFocus and I enjoy reading your articles. Wishing you a speedy recovery and best of luck with a book. Looking forward to read it.

Grahamites
Grahamites premium member - 2 weeks ago

Tom - Modern Medicine is filled with amazing breakthrough therapties and I hope the drug companies can come up with one for you soon:) Pray for your health. Looking forward to your book.

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 2 weeks ago

Hi Dernek. You make me blush! I'm glad you like the writing. That isn't what my professors used to say ;o) I hope you enjoy reading the book. Best - Tom

Hi Grahamites. Unfortunately, with only 18-20 patients, my disease isn't a top priority for pharma and/or biopharma. Secondly, gene-based mitochondrial diseases are nearly impossible to treat, let alone describe a clinical pathway. That isn't to say I don't have the most extraordinary integrated research and clinical team at Boston Childrens, Brigham & Womens, MGH, and Dana Farber. But none of us try to minimize the risks involved. Thank you for your very kind comments. I hope you enjoy reading it. Best - Tom

The Science of Hitting
The Science of Hitting - 2 weeks ago    Report SPAM

Excited for the book Tom!

More importantly, hoping for the best for you and your family.

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 2 weeks ago

Thanks Science. Your thoughts are much appreciated. Hope you enjoy it. Best. - Tom

irfanmd1
Irfanmd1 premium member - 2 weeks ago

Tom,

Best wishes for your health, sending my thoughts and prayers.

I always enjoyed reading your insightful articles, look forward to reading your new book.

Irfan

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 2 weeks ago

Thanks Irfan. I appreciate your comments. I'm glad you have found some value in my ramblings. Hope you enjoy the book. - Tom

shoba
Shoba - 2 weeks ago    Report SPAM

Have indomitable faith in God. You will get well soon.

Ksch
Ksch premium member - 1 week ago

Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. I have always tried to tell my kids to not to fight the universe. It is funny how we all have different opinions. A friend at work, when I tell him to avoid pesticides and eat organic says give me the chemicals. But, if you want one more thing to try, it is to try a juicer. Juicing fresh carrots, ginger and what ever else you have that doesn't come out of a can can give you a tremendous boost. Best wishes brother.

soule45
Soule45 premium member - 1 week ago

Best Wishes, Tom. Thoughts and prayers to you, my favorite author. I pre ordered your book today.Thank you for all you have done to teach us value investing. cs

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 1 week ago

Thank you Soule. It means a great deal to have your respect. I hope you enjoy the book. Best. - Tom

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