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
Amazing! It's a HUGE book but worth it. Written so well. There was a ton of thought on how the book is organized and does such a great job throughout the book of bringing up past material and of previous chapters in a meaningful and applicable way.
Spending months of someone's life to read 100 years old business papers to understand the cycle of capitalism and wishing to have the next ten years business papers delivered at one's door today has got to be the widest span macroeconomics analysis, as fundamental as it will ever get - Particularly coming from a preacher walking his talk, not your typical 'know better after' theory guru for ever star of a prestigious university alumni.
If you have an interest in business, you will love this book. If not, it may get boring at times.
The book is well-written and flows rather easily. The narrator does an excellent job of pulling the listener into the story.
I found the book very interesting. As I listened to it during my commute to work, I found myself not minding the 2 hour drive after all.
This book enlighten me to a whole new world of the way things work and how close I am to what I can truly accomplish. It wow'd me and brought tears to my eyes while giving my heart a sick feeling that is easily resolved.
I respect Warren Buffett and I do find his life moderately interesting. I think this book had too much detail, maybe I made the mistake in getting the unabridged version. The author seemed to be forcing the title of the book into the story. I think mostly I did not enjoy this writers style (preferring Walter Isaacson). Warren Buffett himself is very wise, I did learn from this book and it has affected my outlook.
Fascinating, riveting, revealing.
The author did a stunning job bringing to light and life the boy, the son, the husband, the father and the financial genius that is Warren Buffet. I understand Warren himself was not pleased with the author who he trusted and felt betrayed by. I wish I could reach out to Warren personally and let him know that through this work I felt I was given a magic porthole into a man whom I have always respected and now, feel I understand. I can not imagine how difficult it must be for a man of his stature to be so exposed and yet it is through this very exposure that Warren becomes more human, heartfelt and accessible. I learned so many things that I can apply to my own life and learning and am very grateful to Alice Schroeder for such a profound work.
The entire book was one great scene but I found the chapters on Warren's young life the most fascinating as they really give great insight as to many of the things we would come to know of him in his later life.
Absolutely but with 65 chapters...that would have been a near impossible task. I did find myself hanging out in my car many mornings wishing I could continue but alas, duty called!
Disclaimer: I am so not a person steeped in financial titles. In fact, I joke with my family that I am financially and numerically impaired but I have been recommending this book to everyone I know and think it would also make a great movie.
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