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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life | [Alice Schroeder]

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."
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Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

Although the media track him constantly, Buffett himself has never told his full life story. His reality is private, especially by celebrity standards. Indeed, while the homespun persona that the public sees is true as far as it goes, it goes only so far. Warren Buffett is an array of paradoxes. He set out to prove that nice guys can finish first. Over the years, he treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time, he became the world's richest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company Berkshire Hathaway. None of this fits the term "simple."

Never before has Buffett spent countless hours responding to a writer's questions, talking, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates - opening his files, recalling his childhood. It was an act of courage, as The Snowball makes immensely clear.

Being human, his own life, like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth may be, Buffett's legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people's lives. This book tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time.

©2008 Alice Schroeder; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Richard 03-10-09
    Richard 03-10-09
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    well written.. a very good listen..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 05-09-13
    Teresa 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum"
    What did you love best about The Snowball?

    I love stories about how people stay true to themselves and succeed. Warren was different from the beginning and he didn't try to change that. He accepted who he was and stayed true to his instinct while always maintaining the utmost integrity. The booked taught me much about the investing world, something I know little about, but its Warren Buffet's personal relationships that I liked hearing about the most. How he makes things work for him even when very unconventional. His relationship with his wife and kids and friends. I respect him very much after reading this book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 03-25-13
    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 03-25-13
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    "Outstanding biography of the greatest investor"
    Would you listen to The Snowball again? Why?

    Yes! Warren Buffett is a hero of mine (not only because he is the world's greatest investor, but he is also an amazing teacher and philanthropist). I got the unabridged version of the book (it is actualy what first motivated me to upgrade my membership to get more credits), and it provides me with an idea of how he became the "Oracle of Omaha".


    What other book might you compare The Snowball to and why?

    Essays of Warren Buffett--Snowball is about his life, while the Essays book are his writings on investing and business.

    There was another biography about Mr. Buffett that I hope will soon be available here... it is an older biography, and will not have as much as this one, but it may cover some topics this one did not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would... but it is about 40 hours.. I listen to audible books on walks... that would be one REALLY long walk...:)


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in Warren Buffett, Great Investors, or successful businessmen, this book is a must have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Northbrook, IL, USA 11-04-08
    Peter Northbrook, IL, USA 11-04-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Thoroughly loved it. Thank you!

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Bhanuka 08-14-15
    Bhanuka 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've ever read"

    It's a bit long, but if you're addicted to making money, & love finance this book is heaven.

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    Mikael 08-05-15
    Mikael 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional Book!"

    This book is a must read for anyone interested in business and investing. Buffett is a great mind and I learned a ton by following the development of his life story. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oscar Lloyd Andrade Hernandez 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "really?? 34 hours of dailey activities?"
    What disappointed you about The Snowball?

    In my personal opinion you are listening to an observer telling the story from outside the window. I do not only want my money back, I want my TIME back. I felt my time was wasted by listening useless how/where/when people encounter to play tennis, whip their noses, manage appointments, almost everything in this book is useless for ME. If you watched Bloombergtv game changers or titans episode for W. Buffet Game you will get the main and principal subjects of his life and in 1 hour. I guess it is just a favour to the author to make some money on his befalf.

    If you don't know anything about Warren or any other big fishes... (and you have not read 200 books of titans of fortune as I done) you probably want to read this and be usefull for you, however I believe it is TOO long....

    This is my personal opinion.


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    What character would you cut from The Snowball?

    the observer telling the story from outside the window.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back and my time back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sfwalsh 07-07-15
    sfwalsh 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic insight into one of the most interesting people in the world"

    This book wonderfully portrays Warren Buffet's life and personality, giving great insight into what makes him such an astonishing figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zachariah T. Dugger Midland, MI United States 06-28-15
    Zachariah T. Dugger Midland, MI United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This clarifies how Warren Buffett truly earned what he has.


    Any additional comments?

    Detailed, in-depth overview of Warren Buffet's personal and professional life. Best Biography I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 06-27-15
    Michael 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thematically sound, however there are issues"

    Don't expect a story that makes sense. Buffett has opinions that become ingrained into the narrative late in the book. it is almost as if he is making a political statement about his life, contradictory to what got him ahead. decent narration. not bad nor good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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