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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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    Peter Northbrook, IL, USA 11-04-08
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    Thoroughly loved it. Thank you!

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    Matthew Kennedale, tx, United States 10-10-13
    Matthew Kennedale, tx, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You Better Be a Buffett Fan to Listen to This"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The book is seriously painful to listen to. It is much like listening to someone who talks too much but never really gets their point across. I bought this book with the hopes of learning key elements of Warren's strategies. Those elements are in there but they are buried and you have to endure so much irrelevant content that it is difficult to digest. I made it half way through and had to stop listening. I'm going to try and go back and listen again at a later date.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Personal MBA


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like much about the performance. It was very difficult and my mind kept wondering.


    Do you think The Snowball needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - it would be called Cliff Notes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 04-03-13
    David United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Weak Research Makes a Fascinating Life Boring"
    What did you like best about The Snowball? What did you like least?

    Interesting to learn how Warren Buffet earned his fortune.


    Has The Snowball turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Adequate


    Could you see The Snowball being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Much more thoroughly researched biographies about Houdini, Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Eisner put this author to shame. Inserting her (incorrect) opinions on the economy was a distraction that I could have forgiven with better storytelling. There are plenty of business wars involving Buffet that were rushed through.

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    Sam Traverse City, MI, USA 10-04-09
    Sam Traverse City, MI, USA 10-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    I was recommended this book by a good source and thought it might be good. I couldn't get out of the first chapter because the narrator's voice grated on my nerves.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Niemi Traverse City, MI 10-04-09
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    I was recommended this book by a good source and thought it might be good. I couldn't get out of the first chapter because the narrator's voice grated on my nerves.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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