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..."Schroeder's brave book offers a close-up of the same cellulite, but more fairly, in the context of a genuinely delightful character. Buffett might not like it, but this book has done him a very Buffett-like service. Twenty years from now, when the financial markets have forgotten our current trauma, and finance is once again fashionable, some young person will pick it up and discover that history's most legendary investor was not a cartoon but a real live human being. And still, somehow, deeply admirable." Michael Lewis, New Republic Online (read the entire New Republic review)

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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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"Manual labor is for the birds," Warren Buffett decided somewhere around the 8th grade. At this precocious age the Nebraska native had also already discovered his extraordinary facility with facts and figures, the very attribute that would transform a socially awkward misfit into "the Oracle of Omaha," the most successful investor of modern times, the world's richest man and most generous philanthropist.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Ms. Schroeder is as insightful about her subject's precise anticipation of current financial crises as she is about his quirky personal story." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"[A] fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn't someone we've known much about." Kansas City Star

Synopsis:

This highly-anticipated book recounts with intimate detail the life experience and life-wisdom of the man known as The Oracle of Omaha: Warren Buffet.

Synopsis:

Warren Buffet, known as the Oracle of Omaha, is the subject of this biography-of both the man and his ideas. This great American story includes two 16-page black-and-white photo inserts.

About the Author

Author Alice Schroeder was a noted insurance industry analyst and writer who was a managing director at Morgan Stanley. She first met Warren Buffett when she published research on Berkshire Hathaway; her grasp of the subject and insight so impressed him that he offered her access to his files and to himself. Their friendship and mutual respect make her ideally positioned to write the The Snowball.

Ms. Schroeder was born in Texas, and she earned an undergraduate degree and her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin before moving east to work in finance. She is a former CPA and lives in Connecticut with her husband.

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3Kcats, March 21, 2014 (view all comments by 3Kcats)
A fascinating look at the Oracle of Omaha. Beginning with his childhood, the complex relationship with his parents and his early start as a businessman, then through the incredible growth of Berkshire with all it's up and downs along the way. A good read for anyone interested in Warren Buffett.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553805093
Author:
Schroeder, Alice
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Investments
Subject:
Capitalists and financiers
Subject:
Investments -- United States.
Subject:
Buffett, Warren
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
TWO 16-PP INSERTS
Pages:
976
Dimensions:
9.50x6.54x2.12 in. 3.42 lbs.

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Product details 976 pages Bantam - English 9780553805093 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , ..."Schroeder's brave book offers a close-up of the same cellulite, but more fairly, in the context of a genuinely delightful character. Buffett might not like it, but this book has done him a very Buffett-like service. Twenty years from now, when the financial markets have forgotten our current trauma, and finance is once again fashionable, some young person will pick it up and discover that history's most legendary investor was not a cartoon but a real live human being. And still, somehow, deeply admirable." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Ms. Schroeder is as insightful about her subject's precise anticipation of current financial crises as she is about his quirky personal story."
"Review" by , "[A] fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn't someone we've known much about."
"Synopsis" by , This highly-anticipated book recounts with intimate detail the life experience and life-wisdom of the man known as The Oracle of Omaha: Warren Buffet.
"Synopsis" by , Warren Buffet, known as the Oracle of Omaha, is the subject of this biography-of both the man and his ideas. This great American story includes two 16-page black-and-white photo inserts.
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