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There may be something in John Bogle's "John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years" that may be useful.

Hi JB,

Personally, I am really looking forward to "John Bogle: The Early Days" which I understand is now in preparation. I hear that this one is going to be kind of like a prequel to his others, with lots of reminiscing and inside stories. The youthful Bogle apparently made quite a stir, flouting conventional financial theories, and trading investment tips with Alexander Hamilton and Adam Smith.

Apparently Bogle even started the first-ever mutual fund, but kept it secret since it allowed freed black slaves to purchase shares, and political pressures made it dangerous to discuss. The little-known fund is still going, now housed in some back room at Vanguard but never discussed publicly until now. Rumor has it that the fund has been run so efficiently that a $1,000 investment at its founding in 1795 has only accrued 85 cents in expenses in all the time since then.

A book like that would be a great stocking stuffer!

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