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Secrets in Plain Sight: Business & Investing Secrets of Warren Buffett (eBooks on Investing Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 198 pages Word Wise: Enabled Series: eBooks on Investing Series (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 4598 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: eBooks on Investing (May 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6ZEOO
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Bruno on May 25, 2012
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If you are just vaguely curious about Warren Buffet and don't want heavy reading, this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for more concrete, detailed information, rather than a nice story, I would choose a different book. The book is a quick-reading and somewhat entertaining story of the author's trips to 2 Berkshire annual meetings. It's an interesting account of the annual meetings and the general aura around Buffet as "Oracle of Omaha," and includes some basics on his investment strategy at Berkshire Hathaway.

I appreciate what the author was going for, but I could have done without the meaningless details on the particulars of the author's journey (rental car issues, flight delays, rain) that didn't add anything to the content. I didn't get much out of the book in terms of learning about Buffet's investment strategies, beyond just general information. When the author decided to divulge details, he would put a disclaimer ("Warning: boring insurance information coming up"), which I found annoying and somewhat insulting to the reader's intelligence or attention span.

In short, I found the book good, enjoyable and informative light reading, but a bit too fluffy for what I was looking for. It's just a quick intro on Buffet to pique your interest to learn more.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Minea on May 10, 2011
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This was a great read. It clearly lays out Buffett's investing methods without the high-finance-speak in a short, easy to read package. This is the must-read Buffett book for anybody looking to begin investing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Tienken on May 5, 2011
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A fresh look at Warren Buffett.

The Author explains in clear language,the secrets that enabled Warren Buffett to become the most successful investor in history.

Using the backdrop of the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha Ne.,the story of Mr.Buffett's success is woven into a colorful account told over several years.

While not a self help book,practical information and keen insights allow the reader to,if not become the next Warren Buffett,certainly understand who as an investor Warren Buffett is,and by so doing,better understand how to become a better investor yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin P. Plunkett on May 15, 2011
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I read Jeff Matthews's first book, "Pilgrimage to Omaha" and while his new book describes the same events, it reads like a completely different book. There is very little overlap. In addition, the book provides an interesting look back at the 2007 and 2008 meetings while incorporating the economic turmoil that has occurred since then. The events of 2008, 2009 and all the momentous developments that have transpired at Berkshire needed discussing. That is what Matthews provides in an intelligent and poignant manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willy Co on October 6, 2012
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I've read more Buffett books than anybody. i find ithis book too simplistic and elementary. I'm not very happy with this book and won't recommend it to Buffett fans. It's an entertaining read but you won't learn anything new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dech007 on March 3, 2012
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I am a fan of Buffet so this book is really worth to read. The last 30% of this book is very productive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Elizabeth on January 23, 2012
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I have been a huge fan of Warren Buffet's investing genius for years. I really enjoyed this book, which clarifies Warren Buffet's investing strategies so any lay person can understand them. Also nice to know how he legally avoids all those income taxes! - Aimee Elizabeth, Author of Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Merkel on August 10, 2011
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I consider myself a lesser light compared to many following Warren Buffett. Yes, I am a value investor and an actuary, so I guess I have some punch in attempting to analyze the actions of one far greater than me.

The book is organized around two main trips that the author made to the Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, with some notes from the the 2011 tacked on.

This book tries to distill the ideas of Buffett into simple concepts, and largely succeeds. It also alleges weaknesses in Buffett's reasoning. Why not consolidate similar, less profitable businesses? Why not invest a little more in existing businesses? I partially agree: I used to call Berkshire Hathaway "a grab bag of undermanaged businesses." But I've changed my mind, mostly.

The cost of doing the first of those could be considerable. Buffett gets certain deals because the seller knows that he will leave the business alone. The unique culture, friendships, family relationships will be maintained. The seller doesn't get top dollar, but he gets the satisfaction that he was true to those he worked with and served him. Getting these businesses cheaply is a competitive advantage for Berkshire Hathaway, even if it means a certain amount of inefficiency. Personally, I expect the next CEO or two will centralize the company, and turn it into a normal company.

As for investing more in existing businesses, all the manager has to do is put forth the case to his boss, Buffett. Buffett will give him a quick decision.

But the author is right, in general, Buffett has not focused on organic growth. He has acquired all of the businesses that the owns, aside from the reinsurance business.
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