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
I admire Warren Buffet and would have loved to read this book.
Not sure. But tried to listen to the book several times but just can't seem to engage due to narration. This is not my first book. In fact, to my surprise, I've loved narration in other books so much that I felt that narration made the book better for me. But I somehow, had just the opposite reaction to this one... I wish I could return the audible and buy kindle!
there is so much content in this story, felt like it was multiple books tied as one. will definitely need to re-read a couple of times but the overall lessons are solid and just learning about this man is... 😁
A fascinating human being I only wish I had discovered half a century ago. Franklinesque wisdom in common sense, business, honesty, integrity, patience, insight, and ultimately generosity.
I enrolled for CFA, bought the Intelligent Investor, started an investment portfolio and hope to have a business doing it, plus I am in touch with my family better and often and lend and donate freely. I do wish to meet the man one day. Till then this is my review of his life and book.
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