Books: Fish Fry A FOOL AND HIS MONEY: THE ODYSSEY OF AN AVERAGE INVESTOR

By John Rothchild; Viking; 251 pages; $17.95

Poker players rejoice when they detect a fish -- a cheerful, tireless, well- funded loser -- radiating stupidity from across the green felt. Poker, of course, is a low pastime, whereas investment counseling, stockbroking and commodities trading are honorable professions. Still, suggests amateur Investor John Rothchild in this wry and funny confession, the professional gents and ladies of the financial markets are by no means reluctant to gnaw underachieving seafood when it presents itself.

No one, of course, has ever spied a fish in the bathroom mirror while shaving. Rothchild, an author and free-lance journalist when he is not playing the...

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