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 loved it. I wish it included the billion dollar multi year leap option Warren put on and the Goldman bailout but other than that seemed incredible detailed.
The book gives a intimate picture of the man from childhood to wrestling with old age. Beautiful story that allows for worthwhile glimpses into this positively fascinating character, his mind and his heart.
This is a well written overview of warren Buffett life. The performance is excellent. For a 38 hour performance, I feel like the hours went quickly.
It's a long one, but so worth every minute. I loved hearing about the man behind the money, his flaws and odd way of living his life. I'm not a financial minded person but the book was written in a way that I could follow and understand. Love the human aspect of every detail. Definitely recommend!
I loved the way Buffet looked at building his investments through compounding. I'm also impressed with his integrity and his philanthropic efforts. This story is inspiring.
Warren buffet has already went into the history books as a legend. I think for anyone of any age looking to either understand how Warren or ones self can become wealthy then this book will give some insight into it.
Self-Help Author & Happiness Engineer, Huffington Post contributor
An amazing book! I have no idea how Alice Schroeder put this together, but it's a lot. It's really a biography of 30+ people -- not just Warren Buffett, but also Charlie Munger, Ben Graham, Susie Buffett, Buffett's grandparents, parents and children, Katharine Graham, all of Buffett's business partners, Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway, and the US economy in the 20th century. The vividness and empathy with which Schroeder describes them makes each character come alive, illuminating Buffett and his era in the context of his relationships.
I particularly appreciated Schroeder's facility in explaining complex financial transactions, of which there are many in Buffett's life. The most remarkable accomplishment of the book is that by the end, I felt like I had entered Buffett's mind. To some extent, I felt I could answer the question "What would Warren do?" regarding investment decisions. His whole philosophy of finding undervalued companies, building in a margin of safety, and avoiding pointless risk makes all kinds of sense (as proven by one of the largest fortunes ever amassed), especially in sharp contrast to the speculative, freewheeling, often unethical practices of the finance world leading to the crash of 2008. Although reading this book may not make you an instant billionaire, it will give you entree into the way one billionaire thinks. Even if you're not a finance buff, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read about a complex man at the center of US history for eight decades.
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