The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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Hardcover, Bantam, 2008, ISBN13 9780553805093, ISBN10 0553805096
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A portrait of the life and career of investment guru Warren Buffett sheds new light on the man, as well as on the work, ideas, business principles, strategies, and no-nonsense insights that have guided his phenomenally successful business endeavors.

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A portrait of the life and career of investment guru Warren Buffett sheds new light on the man, as well as on the work, ideas, business principles, strategies, and no-nonsense insights that have guided his phenomenally successful business endeavors.

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."
When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write.
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.

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Number of Pages: 960
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Schroeder, Alice
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication Date: September, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780553805093
Digital Video Formats: Hardcover
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.75 x 10.25 x 2.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0553805096
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Like many people, I love and admire Warren Buffett. I was fortunate to discover him in the 1970s. Thanks to him and his generous advice, I am a healthy and prosperous individual today. Mr. Buffett apparently gave the author access to many private materials. This biography is extremely candid. It is easy to assume that a person with Mr. Buffett's incredible talent and success has had an easy life. You learn in this book that he has had many of the same difficulties that the rest of us have experienced. Reading this book about this wonderful man will inspire to you to strive to overcome your own difficulties. You will find renewed strength to better your own life and the lives of your fellow human beings.

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This is an excellent read. The book gives a great overall picture of Warren Buffet and his family. Nothing is sugarcoated. You really get to know what makes him tick. It also gives insight into the history of Omaha. I highly recommend this book.

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