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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/More in '04, California Edition Hardcover – December, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0964190559 ISBN-10: 0964190559 Edition: First Edition
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"I'm waiting for more complete coverage." -- Warren Buffett

"This is the Buffett 'bible'...It provides the definitive story of his career." -- The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Andrew Kilpatrick is a 1965 graduate of Washington and Lee University where his academic achievements were most visible during road trips and stirring track meets. He served in the Peace Corps in India speaking haphazard Hindi, earned a master's degree in English while freezing at the University of Vermont and he was a U.S. Navy officer where his actions merely heightened the quagmire in Vietnam. His 20-year career with newspapers in Birmingham included eight years as a business reporter. He subsists as a stockbroker with Wachovia Securities in Birmingham.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1500 pages
  • Publisher: Andy Kilpatrick Publishing Empire (AKPE); First Edition edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964190559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964190559
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,978,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bud Labitan on December 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Andy Kilpatrick did a great job as usual. The chapters are organized as short stories. These stories and pictures take the reader into the world that surrounds Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, family, friends, fans, and the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary companies. The book is a solid account of Warren Buffett's and Berkshire's history. Furthermore, it includes many of the people that have been affected by this growing phenomenon called Berkshire Hathaway.
The author presents the story with a good sense of humor and he captures the spirit of fun each of these people bring to the annual meetings. I almost fell off my chair after seeing page 1464. This biography of investor Warren Buffett includes 1,500 pages and 750 photographs. It is a real valuable addition to anyone's library, and it is offered at a bargain price, relative to its intrinsic value. For those new to the study of the Buffett-Munger investment phenomenon, this book is a "must have" to your collection. The Compounding Success of the Graham-Dodd-Buffett-Munger investment ideas are conguent with ideas presented in the OPV book. Forget the Efficient Market Hypothesis! In an old school paper entitled the "Compounding Success Model", found somewhere on a web search, I had concluded that 10 major factors contributed to the Compounding Success of the Graham-Dodd-Buffett-Munger investment approach:
1. Rational and thorough business analysis, with keen emotional intellects that promote ethical information exchange.
2. Wide experience with analyzing and managing numerous different businesses.
3. Charlie Munger's Role as (a.)"Devils-Advocate" (Munger as therapist/analyst of investment decisions) and (b.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBenvent on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are a lot of books vying for your money that bear Warren Buffett's name. Only one of those books bears his endorsement - Of Permanent Value.
If you are building a Buffett library, I recommend starting with his own words in the form of Buffett's annual letters to shareholders, many of which are available on the Berkshire Hathaway website for free. Next you need get Of Permanent Value. Think of OPV as a one volume encyclopedia about everything Buffett.
Like a good encyclopedia, you never know what you'll find in Of Permanent Value - profiles of the people and companies that Buffett invests in/with and equally important, the people and companies who invest in/with Buffett. Vital investment information, with good humor and Buffett trivia mixed in. Reading OPV is a little like opening a treasure chest - you never quite know what you'll find inside!
I have owned every edition in OPV - Mr. Kilpatrick does an amazing updating the book so that its important to get the latest editions to remain current. I usually buy a few copies because OPV is literally so big that its difficult to carry from place to place. So, I just keep a copy at home, a copy at the office, and a copy at my in laws.
By the way - every single one of those other Buffett books you see on Amazon all cite Kilpatrick as a source. Start your Buffett book buying here. You aren't serious about Buffett or investing if you don't own it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Whitney R. Tilson on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kilpatrick's latest magnum opus is a gem. 256 chapters and 1,478 pages (it weights FIVE pounds!) of endless entertaining, educational stories about the world's greatest investor (and a great human being as well).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "ethelmermaid" on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the biggest and the best of Andrew Kilpatrick's several books about billionaire investor Warren Buffett, not only because it's a well-organized volume of chapters that can be read in order, or individually standing alone.
There are hundreds and hundreds of photos of Buffett through his life, his family, his friends, his fans, key Berkshire managers and even historic documents that you won't find anywhere else.
This is a book you will be proud to own, and it will be a valuable resource of financial facts and figures and stories about Buffett's life and legacy.
Andrew Kilpatrick has written the encyclopedia of Warren Buffett. It also happens to be visually appealing and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the most comprehensive book about Warren Buffett I have ever read. I read The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and I liked it, but I found this book easier to read. This book has it all from Salomon Brothers, the Buffett Partnership, his children, Berkshire Hathaway, and much more. This is a long book and it may seem a little daunting to finish it, but it is divided into short chapters. Readers can turn to any chapter and not feel lost at all. I read this book after reading all the other books about Warren Buffett, and I was surprised how much more I still learned about him.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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