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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life Paperback – October 27, 2009
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The heft of Schroeder's biography may discourage some people from obtaining a copy. To them I presume to suggest that they not be deterred by that factor. Schroeder has a lively, often entertaining writing style that drives the narrative through just about every period and (yes) interlude of Warren Buffett's life and career thus far. There is much more information provided than most readers either need or desire. However, she had unprecedented access not only to Buffett but to just about everyone else with whom he is (or once was) associated as well as to previously inaccessible research resources. It is possible but highly unlikely that anyone else will write a more comprehensive biography than Schroeder has, at least for the next several years, if not decades. Also, her opinion of Buffett seems to me to be balanced and circumspect. No doubt he wishes that certain details about his life and career were not included.Read more ›
You can also learn about his early career and how he got started, as well as his father the politician and the impact that had.
To many of us Warren Buffet is a billionaire investor who knows the ins and outs of Wall Street way better than most of us. Being a financial celebrity, you would expect to find his whole life online. That though isn’t the case with Warren. Little was known about his personal life until Alice Schroeder wrote this book- The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life. Reading through the book you will realize that you don’t have to be successful after everyone else has failed. Warren, commonly known as the “Oracle of Omaha” is a financial investor who also doubles up as a mentor. For only $13.84, you will get to meet Warren in this 832 pages book. He will endow you with timeless financial wisdom and proper business ethics that aren’t taught in school.
His practical approach to life will motivate you to kick start your own. The pity party story that one may tend to propagate as reason as to why they aren’t succeeding will diffuse after reading this book. Warren worked to be where he is currently and was never born with a silver spoon. He is a practical inspiration. As you read along, you will learn that no man is an island and that having a strong support system will go a long way in ensuring you succeed.Read more ›
"The Snowball" begins with a Buffett presentation to an elite 1999 group at Sun Valley, suggesting in a humorous manner that the ".com" frenzy was no more than a bubble. Then, its on to learning why his associate Charles Munger (an inseparable partner since 1959) is both the opposite and highly similar to Buffett.
Warren Buffett, we learn comes from a heritage of very thrifty small business owners. His parents initially struggled through the Great Depression, carried initially by grandfather's letting the food bill run at his grocery store, then by the success of his newly opened stock brokerage that focused on conservative investments. Unfortunately, his mother was somewhat unbalanced, directing frequent tirades at Warren and his sister, creating a lifelong need for the approval of women. Calculating the comparative life spans of religious song writers while in church led Warren towards religious skepticism at an early age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Learned more about money in this book than I have in any other book I've read so farPublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is such a shame Buffett doesn't back this. See Alice Schroeder's talk on Youtube. She wears a red coat. At the 20 minute mark she gives details of Buffett's investment process.Published 29 days ago by A. Brenninkmeijer
I purchased the cd set since I do a lot of driving. This is a very thorough and detailed account of Mr. Buffett's life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jazzybuyer
I bought this for my son who is 20. He has not put it down! He is fascinated by the story and words of wisdom by Buffet. He is very inspired by the words in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandra
This is a very thorough and very detailed account of Mr. Buffett's life. It includes many stories and details about events in his life, some interesting and some not so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Toro