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The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1611634099 ISBN-10: 1611634091 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; 3rd edition (March 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611634091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611634099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Larry Cunningham has done a great job collating our philosophy. First class."
--Warren  Buffett 


"One of the top investment books of all time."
--The Motley Fool

"Two thumbs up."
--CNN

"The book on Buffett. A superb job."
--Forbes

"Extraordinary."
--Money

"A classic on value investing and the definitive source on Buffett."
--Financial Times

One of "the smartest books we know."
--Fortune


"Of incalculable and timeless value. Cunningham's Introduction (all by itself) is worth much more than the cost of the book."
--Robert Morris, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

"Recommended reading for the President of the United States and everyone else, not only corporate executives."
--Joe Nocera, The New York Times

"Warren Buffett’s shareholder letters are available on the Berkshire website, but this is a brilliant alternative to the forbidding prospect of working through all of them.  In The Essays of Warren Buffett, released in a new edition about every five years, most recently in a 3rd edition in 2013,  Lawrence Cunningham has created a highly readable and topically indexed volume."
--Kevin LaCroix, The D&O Diary

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"The Essays have brought great joy to many people, changing lives for the better.  Countless people have told of grandparents and parents giving the book as a gift to younger people, inspiring them in their college years and careers.  Most rewarding."
--Larry Cunningham
"I have about 32 or so college and university groups that come to see me every year.  They leave behind books to autograph, which I then send them in bulk.  Each group usually leaves 75 or so.  The Essays is number one among those I'm asked to sign."
--Warren Buffett

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It's a long book, but I am enjoying it more than I expected.
Davi Yavi
Mary Buffett's The Tao of Warren Buffett is a good compilation of these, and you'll encounter most of them here.
Don
This is a must read for beginner investors and a good refresher for experienced ones.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Davi Yavi on May 23, 2013
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I am relatively new at investing. I picked up this book on a recommendation from www.fool.com. At first, I checked it out from the library to see if it was worth the read. After checking it out a couple of times, I decided to purchase my own copy. As you read this book, you gain insight into who Warren Buffet is. Also, you gain knowledge as to the success of his company and also what makes a company successful. It's a long book, but I am enjoying it more than I expected.
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This is the Third Edition of an ongoing process by which Warren Buffett presents a "chairman's letter" (i.e. progress report with his unique reflections) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders at their annual meeting. Lawrence A. Cunningham edited each of the three editions, with the latest including Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire shareholders since 2008, the date of the prior edition. Other new material includes:

o The financial crisis and its continuing implications for investors, managers and society;
o The housing bubble at the bottom of that crisis
o The debt and derivatives excesses that fueled the crisis and how to deal with them
o Controlling risk and protecting reputation in corporate governance
o Berkshire's acquisition and operation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe
o The role of oversight in heavily regulated industries
o Investment possibilities today
o Weaknesses of popular option valuation models

Some other material has been rearranged to deepen the themes and lessons that the collection has always produced:

o Buffett's "owner-related business principles" are in the prologue as a separate subject
o Valuation and accounting topics are spread over four instead of two sections and reordered to sharpen their payoff.

According to Cunningham, "Those who are familiar with The Essays will notice that we have made the cover snappier than has been our custom. (Thanks for the cover design to Tim Colton, of Carolina Academic Press, which will continue to partner with me in the distribution of the book.) The main reason: the book's traditional covers could be seen well in physical form but pictures of them, shown on the internet, could not.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don on April 13, 2013
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Warren Buffett is a legend in the investing world. He's been called "The World's Most Successful Investor" for good reason. Currently the world's second richest man, with a net worth exceeding $40 billion dollars, his fortune has been built almost exclusively through business acquisition, both entire companies and equity positions. Buffett started as a disciple of value investing legend Ben Graham, the author of The Intelligent Investor, which Buffett has called the best book on investing ever written. He formed several partnerships in the late 1950's, and in the mid-1960's acquired New England textile manufacturer Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B). Eventually, he and his partner Charlie Munger morphed Berkshire into an investment vehicle, acquiring excellent businesses like See's Candy and GEICO insurance as well as stock positions in large companies like Coca-Cola (KO) and Gillette (PG), among others.

Every year, Buffett personally pens an annual letter to shareholders in which he reviews Berkshire's results, opines on current events, and drops interesting stories and thoughts that expose his and Munger's incredibly successful investment strategies. Although one could certainly read each of these letters in their entirety, in many cases the individual business reviews are not of particular interest to those who don't hold Berkshire shares. The real gems in these annual letters are Buffett's thoughts on business and investing. Lawrence Cunningham recognized this, and has compiled Buffett's notes and organized parts of them by topic. The Essays of Warren Buffett is simply that - straight from the hand of Warren Buffett, but organized in a cohesive manner, with wisdom from several years put together by topic.

The result is outstanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Klein on July 20, 2013
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A nicely done job of weaving together decades of Berkshire Hathaway annual letters. For me, it was a solid introduction into aspects of the economy, finance, and corporate governance that I have no prior teaching to guide me. At times, it gets painfully detailed and technical from the accounting standpoint, but that may be the nature of things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. on May 3, 2013
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Clearly written. Buffet cares about the investor and writes well. The book is arranged by topic but it isn't clear when something was written (and I found myself wondering).
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dade Co. on October 24, 2013
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This, obviously based on it's subject matter at hand, Warren Buffet's investment insight, is going to be a great piece of reading material. However, unless you feel that annotated excerpts of the above stated subject matter with no valuable addition thereof is worth the purchase price of this book then all of the information contained therein, and a lot more in fact, is available for free as public information from the official web site of Berkshire Hathaway. This is, shamelessly, little more than a collection of Warren Buffet's public statements and shareholder letters reorganised into some form of faux writings by "Warren Buffet on Corporate Lessons" which the content was originally none of, but was rather a diversified thesis of value released over the years in the form of investment portfolio terms, yet has been construed here to be such.

Just read Buffet's original, and thereby unabridged, works in the exact manner which the man of said wisdom would read them himself and as he intended, for free!
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