Warren Buffett, the legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but finally has given Alice Schroeder unprecedented access to him and all those closest to his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies and wisdom. The result is this personally revealing and complete biography of 'The Oracle of Omaha', indispensable reading for those who wish to know the man behind the outstanding achievements.
©2008 Alice Schroeder; (P)2008 Random House
"An epic account of the greatest capital accumulator in history." (The Times)
"An absorbing read ... The Warren Buffett who emerges from these pages is unorthodox, honest, gifted and, in many ways, admirable. In the business of life, however, one suspects that this complex man has rather a lot of debits, as well as credits, on his personal balance sheet." (Observer)
"A monumental work ... you feel like you've been in the presence of a monumentally flawed but riveting character ... utterly compelling." (Evening Standard)
"A well-written, forensically researched and sensitive insight into the Midas of our times." (Spectator)
"Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past fifty years, making him one of the world's richest people. The Snowball provides clues about how he's done it." (Financial Times)
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"Only for die-hard Buffet fans."
I've no doubt that the book is a well researched and reasonably accurate description of Warren Buffet's life, but ultimately it failed to entertain me and doesn't have sufficient detail to illuminate that much of the method behind his investment choices.
At least this version is mercifully abridged from the enormous length of the book upon which it's based. Only for die-hard Buffet fans.
"Great for younger readers"
I was recommended this book by my uncle as he said it was fitting for my age (in my 20s). It was. Great story, well thought out. Never too technical in the business side.
Great story with pearls of wisdom. Positioning and timing are everything.
Watching the his transition from a hoarder which will should be in our youth to a giver in his old age is inspiring
"Great book about a legend, worth every minute"
Great book about a legend, worth every minute. Loved it and learnt a lot about Warren, investing and outlook on life in general.
"A truly amazing life"
The honesty that came through. It did not try and sugar coat things or make him out to be the most amazing person.
There are so many amazing stories to mention
Performance was good but not amazing.
The relatable problems he had had in his life
Worth listening to it is a big book.
Some fantastic insights into the investments, analysis and personality that has made this man a success. Well narrated and very interesting to listen to
"Great insight into a public figure"
The book gives much insight into the life as well as some of the aspects of the business life of Warren Buffett. It shows his very flawed life, his tumultuous relationship with his wife. He may be rich, but there are many aspects of his life many would never trade for his wealth. If you liked Steve Jobs Official biography, you will very much like this as well.The story of how he started getting involved in investing, is inspiring, and perhaps much good ideas can be used to develop our children in developing a sensible mindset. A candid review of his life. An entertaining read. You will end up having much sympathy and praise for Buffett after this read, and perhaps a better love of your own life.
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