Contrarian chronicles the life of legendary investor, John Templeton, who ranks among the top investors of all time. Long before Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch were on the radar, thousands of people were trekking to Templeton's annual meetings, making Templeton the first rock star investor. Raised in a small rural town in Tennessee, John was profoundly influenced by his mother's sense of adventure and optimism. This proved to be indispensable years later when John's father lost everything with a risky bet on cotton futures. John's resilience and meteoric rise as an entrepreneur and investor can be attributed to lessons learned in his youth:think differently, live frugally, be willing to bet against conventional thinking, and above all, be honest.