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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591842700
  • ASIN: B002YNS1M0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In his introduction, Janjigian notes that to become a successful investor you must be an educated investor, and the best place to start is by examining Buffett's strategies. The author—vice president and executive director of the Forbes Investors Advisory Institute—doggedly follows Buffett's investment trail, scrutinizing the successes and failures of the world's pre-eminent investment celebrity. Janjigian's readable, engaging style carries the reader painlessly through the fundamentals and finer points of investing, assaying Buffett's buying strategies and research methods, while clarifying investment terms and summarizing key points. Although frankly admiring, Janjigian is never fawning and takes pains to make his material clear and compelling; his book is a rounded evaluation of the investment guru's strategies and a useful primer for business neophytes. (May)
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From Booklist

It’s refreshing to encounter a title about world-famous investment wizard Warren Buffett that doesn’t paint him as a superhero. Despite his many successes, Buffett has made mistakes and not always taken the right steps, as recounted in this measured, objective account that scrutinizes Buffett’s techniques and presents investment fundamentals and strategies. Unfortunately, Casella’s reading is somewhat lackluster. His careful, almost phonetic enunciation of some phrases and sentences makes it seem as if he is seeing the text for the first time. Although monotonous might be too strong a word, his performance could use a little more spark. Casual listeners may tune out, but those who stick with this “penetrating look at Buffett” will gain insight into the respected businessman and learn more about investment strategies. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Vahan Janjigian grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore where he developed a life-long love for track & field. Vahan holds degrees from Villanova University and Virginia Tech and taught courses in corporate finance, investments, economics, and accounting at various universities. He was a Forbes magazine columnist and Editor of the Forbes Special Situation Survey for 15 years. Under his leadership, this investment newsletter generated annualized returns of 17.7% during one of the market's worst 10-year periods. He currently serves as Chief Investment Officer at Greenwich Wealth Management, LLC where he structures equity portfolios for clients in separately managed accounts. Vahan also serves as Editor of the Money Masters Stock Report and blogs about the economy and the markets at www.janjig.com.

Customer Reviews

Vahan Janjigian is eminently qualified to write a book on Warren Buffett.
Jon Weiman
The author somehow seems to believe it is a mistake unless one purchases at the very bottom of the market.
obediah
Unfortunately I found no more than two or three pages about that in this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Digestive Biscuit on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The title is kind of a misnomer. True that the author points out some of Buffett's investment mistakes. He also highlights what seem to be inconsistencies in the investment guru's approach. Yet the author never attacks the man directly. And he actually rains proper praise for all of the things Buffett's done right. To me it showed that everyone is human and prone to mistakes. As the author puts it, it's Buffett's ability to minimize mistakes while maximizing his successes that's truly made him a star.

Another aspect of the book I found to be more than a pleasant surprise was just how level-headed it was. Having read a number of investment-themed books, I can be sure that all good ones will present a heavy dose of what I like to call "financial science". Given that most investment strategies are based on some foundation of financial theory, this makes sense. But while many of these can get a bit too technical, the author does a good job of communicating relevant concepts without requiring the reader to have a degree in finance. Indeed, I initially cringed when he brought up the concept of correlation coefficient -- two words many of us probably haven't heard since high school. But his explanation of this and other important concepts were very easy to follow and rooted in common sense. He also doesn't inundate you with these concepts, only focusing on those that are required to help understand how Buffett invests and why it has worked so well for so long.

I enjoyed all of the chapters and felt the final ones -- which criticize Buffett's views on a few key issues such as taxes, corporate governance, and earnings guidance -- were especially well argued. However, my favorite, and perhaps most sobering, part of the book was when Dr.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Brennan on July 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In full disclosure, I am a friend of the author and have sat on two industry corporate governance committees with him. The qualities that I observed him exhibit on these committees including a willingness to examine issues from all prospective and to go beyond conventional analysis is what makes, "Even Buffett isn't perfect" such an important book. This book is probably the most evenhanded analysis of Buffett - his strengths and weaknesses (everyone has them). Dr. Janjigian's critique of Buffet's positions on taxation and estate taxes, should be required reading for all politicians.

What makes this book so useful is that Dr. Janjigian writes in a clear and straightforward style that is easily accessible to the nonprofessional. At the end of each chapter there is summary of all the major points discussed in the chapter.

The author focuses on the key topics of investing including diversification, compounding and investment style, explaining to the reader what aspects of Buffet's approach the reader should emulate and what parts of Buffett's approach the reader needs to modify.

I strongly recommend this book because most readers will find the well thought out investment principles simply presented, allowing readers to easily adapt them to their own investment programs.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Weiman on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Vahan Janjigian is eminently qualified to write a book on Warren Buffett. To those who have misunderstood the title; it is meant to be ironic.
The book is a well researched and very informative analysis of Warren Buffet's success as well as a detailed explanation of various investment strategies. The language in the book is both erudite and colloquial in tone; and gives one the sense that the author is very comfortable writing on this subject. It reveals not only that Warren Buffet has, over the years, managed to be a world class investor by utilizing his research, instincts, judgment and patience; but that his refusal to bend to market trends has made him an outstanding long term builder of wealth.
The author's unique way of explaining both the academic aspects of the Buffett formula and using more common language, at times, to give a more baseline understanding of Buffet's success, make the book a highly readable text. I recommend it highly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Sumers on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In a few short pages, the author summarizes the wisdom, and occasional errors of the greatest investor of all time. The executive summary for each chapter, makes the author's analysis available to even the most impatient reader. Defintely a top choice for summer time investment reading, particularly in these troubled times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Enith M. Williams on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Vahan has a wonderful writing style that is simple and easy to understand which communicates his complete and thorough understanding of Buffett, his investment style and the markets and investments in general... An easy read and one worth doing, I feel smarter for having read this great little nugget of a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Selective Reader on August 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Buffett may not be perfect, but given his "extreme" level of net worth, he must have done something right with his investment portfolio. And let's be clear - Berkshire Hathaway has always been managed like an investment portfolio. Vahan Janjigian provides a clear and concise explanation of Buffett's strategy and investment process, and gives the reader some insights on successful wealth generation. And this is the only book that criticizes his views on taxation. Not too long; not too complicated; but very informative and well written. A perfect "end of summer" read.
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