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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2014 Endless Edition Hardcover – April 24, 2014


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"Immensely readable, knee-slapping funny. And I consider Andy to be the official historian of Berkshire Hathaway." --Robert Hagstrom, author The Warren Buffett Way

"Worth its weight in gold or in Class A shares. It's amazing what a cub reporter like Andy can do with such rich material." --Lawrence Cunningham, editor of The Essays of Warren Buffett

"If you carefully study the lessons of this book, you, too, can live like a paperboy." --Warren Buffett



About the Author

Andy Kilpatrick is a 1965 graduate of Washington & Lee University. He served in the Peace Corps in India for two years, earned a master's degree in English from the University of Vermont, and was a U.S. Navy officer for three years. His 20-year career with newspapers In Birmingham, Alabama, included eight years as a business reporter. From 1992 until he retired in 2010, he was a stockbroker with Wells Fargo. Since then he has continued to write and write.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1302 pages
  • Publisher: Andy Kilpatrick Publishing Empire (AKPE); 2014 Endless edition (April 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157864867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578648672
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.2 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Value investors (or anyone who is interested in investing in stock/business) will benefit greatly from this book.
Sidarta Tanu
If you have trouble understanding Buffett and his Berkshire, you will be given so many facts and information, that you will not be able to absorb them.
Bruce W.
The book is lengthy in content and extremely large in volume, hardly a thing you carry around to read during lunch break.
John C. Holt

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Robinson on April 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The definitive book on one of the world's richest men, and one of the most entertaining men, when you get to know him, and you will definitely get to know him after this read. The chapters are easy to read and understand, and the pictures are so well done, it makes you think you are part of the story. The author paints a story of Warren Buffett and the inner workings of how he accumulated so much wealth and managed to keep his integrity in a way that we can all relate to. The only complaint I had was from the mailman who delivered the book, at over 1200 pages and 2000 pictures, he thought it was a computer! You certainly get your moneys worth with Andy Kilpatrick's books. I love that you can pick up the book at any chapter and be entertained with a great story. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John C. Holt on May 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you’re among the many thousands who have become fascinated with Warren Buffett and the multiple facets of his life, Andrew Kilpatrick’s recently published edition “Of Permanent Value” is something you should definitely not pass up. Or if you’re a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder, or Warren Buffett admirer, or currently a student of the investing methods of the “Oracle of Omaha” and have not yet acquired this most recent Buffett biography, I strongly urge you to do so. It is the all- inclusive story of Buffet’s life currently and in the past. This is not an investment book per se, very little is included regarding his financial methods. It is an accounting of the man himself, and the finest biography of him I have ever encountered.

It is a massive compilation of just about anything you would ever want to know about Warren Buffett, Berkshire or its acquisitions, Buffett’s unending array of friends, business associates, and family. It contains hundreds and hundreds of pictures covering everything about his life and the activities of his company.

The book is lengthy in content and extremely large in volume, hardly a thing you carry around to read during lunch break. It is guaranteed to prove fascinating to any reader as a result of both its diversity and the depth of the subject content. The style achieved by the author is highly entertaining and the presentation is clearly written in a style easily understood. Mr. Kilpatrick conveys to the reader his thorough understanding both of Mr. Buffett’s personal life and the true genius of his investment prowess. From the very first page of this masterful work, Andrew Kilpatrick’s unique style of presentation and his total understanding of the subjects are apparent to the reader. The book acknowledges Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Mayhew on May 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
So much of what made Warren Buffett successful was not a mathematical formula. It was his upbringing, his work ethic and his ability to make contacts, as well as his investment acumen. Read this book and get a great understanding of the real person behind the persona of The Oracle. Mr. Kilpatrick is as attentive to detail as Warren Buffett is to compounding, and that's saying something.
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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2014 Endless Edition, written by Andrew Kilpatrick is a must read for all Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway fans. Value investors (or anyone who is interested in investing in stock/business) will benefit greatly from this book. There are so many important and interesting things to learn from Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and Of Permanent Value is a perfect way to learn them all. This book also covers important people around Warren Buffett which helps me understand how Warren Buffett become the person he is today: his philosophies, his views on life, and how he interact with other people. Over the years, Of Permanent Value, filled with Buffett's teaching and experiences, helps me to shape my investing philosophies, develop my competencies, and keeping things in perspective.

Kudos to Andy Kilpatrick for putting this book together and continue to update the story about the greatest value investor of our time. I also appreciate Andy Kilpatrick's and Warren Buffett's sense of humor.

This book is filled with lots of photos (mostly color) and also cover recent development that occurred in the past one year. The chapters are concise and gets directly to the point which makes it interesting and relatively quick (each chapter) to read. There are a lot of chapters which will give you year round fun things to read (read a couple chapters a day). This book will also make a great coffee table book.
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The new edition of Andy Kilpatrick's fascinating biography of Warren Buffett, Of Permanent Value, is a large compilation of details about Buffett's life history. There are more than 2,000 pictures throughout the book that add interest to the well-written history of the man, his colleagues, family, and friends.

The author became fascinated with Buffett early on. He set out to document what he learned by writing it all down in this excellent book, adding new information every one to two years. Thus the new 2014 edition is named "Endless Edition" so that the reader is aware that much of what is found here is recent.

I heartily recommend Mr. Kilpatrick's book as an important addition to the reader's library. The reader will enjoy the lay-out, including the easy to read text, the arrangement of chapters, the many quips and conversations between Buffett and his acerbic partner, Charlie Munger, many new and interesting details about his rise to fame and fortune, and fully indexed notes.

I bought this book just before attending the Berkshire-Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, May 2014. I began reading the book before arriving in Omaha and found the information contained within added so much more to my experience at the meeting. I learned that the author attends this meeting regularly and has done so for several decades. I met with him there and gained a new-found admiration for his work on documenting Buffet's life and for his dedication to teaching others through this fine book.
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