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The Snowballby Alice Schroeder
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Highlighted by extensive interviews with Buffett, as well as family, friends, and colleagues, a detailed portrait of the life and career of legendary 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. 1,000,000 first printing.
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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Bubble — 1: Less flattering version — 2: Sun Valley — 3: Creatures of habit — 4: Warren, what's wrong? — Part 2: Inner Scorecard — 5: Urge to preach — 6: Bathtub steeplechase — 7: Armistice Day — 8: Thousand ways — 9: Inky fingers — 10: True crime stories — 11: Pudgy she was not — 12: Silent sales — 13: Rules of the racetrack — 14: Elephant — 15: Interview — 16: Strike one — 17: Mount Everest — 18: Miss Nebraska — 19: Stage fright — Part 3: Racetrack — 20: Graham-Newman — 21: Side to play — 22: Hidden splendor — 23 Omaha club — 24: Locomotive — 25: Windmill war — 26: Haystacks of gold — 27: Folly — 28: Dry tinder — 29: What a worsted is — 30: Jet Jack — 31: Scaffold sways the future — 32: Easy, safe, profitable, and pleasant — 33: Unwinding — Part 4: Susie Sings — 34: Candy Harry — 35: Sun — 36: Two drowned rats — 37: Newshound — 38: Spaghetti western — 39: Giant — 40: How not to run a public library — 41: Then what? — 42: Blue ribbon — Part 5: King Of Wall Street — 43: Pharaoh — 44: Rose — 45: Call the tow truck — 46: Rubicon — 47: White nights — 48: Thumb-sucking, and its hollow-cheeked result — 49: Angry Gods — 50: Lottery — 51: To hell with the bear — 52: Chickenfeed — Part 6: Claim Checks — 53: Genie — 54: Semicolon — 55: Last Kay party — 56: By the rich, for the rich — 57: Oracle — 58: Buffetted — 59: Winter — 60: Frozen coke — 61: Seventh fire — 62: Claim checks — Afterword — Notes — Personal note about research — Photo credits and permissions — Acknowledgments — Index.
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