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The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett's Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 21, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416541322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416541325
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is destined to be the business world's Little Red Book that investors and managers will resort to over and over. David Clark and Mary Buffett have again captured the heart, soul, and ethos of Warren Buffett - giving us practical, lasting strategies we can use to improve our financial performance."
-- Timothy Vick, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Sanibel Captiva trust Co., and author of How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett

About the Author

Mary Buffett is a bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist. Ms. Buffett appears regularly on television as one of the top finance experts in America.  She has been the principal speaker for prestigious organization around the world.  Ms. Buffett has worked successfully in a wide range of businesses including extensive work as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies.  She lives in California.

David Clark holds degrees in both finance and law, and in the late seventies was the founding member of the original Buffettologists - a small group of early Berkshire shareholders who studied the investment methods of Warren Buffett. He is now recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the subject and has written extensively on it. He lives in Warren Buffett's hometown, Omaha, Nebraska, and is the Managing Director of a private investment partnership.

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I would heartily recommend this book!
Jeffrey D. Yuille
On each page of this cute little book is a pearl of wisdom, and they string together like a fine necklace.
A. T. Rosenberg
The Tao of Warren Buffet is a short book with 125 different major thoughts in it.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is in a class by itself, almost without equal. There are several reasons. Most of the time you have to read a whole book to find that one gem that made the book worthwhile. Sometimes it's one page you are looking for, once in a while, it's a paragraph. I have read many books for that one sentence that provides inspiration. When you say to yourself, "Why didn't someone write this book before," then you know you have a winner.

But this book, WOW - every page was a work of art. I have been studying Warren Buffett since 1968, about four decades of observing the master, and I have met him on several occasions when he sojourned down to Wall Street. When you read this book, this is what you will find.

The Tao of Warren Buffet is a short book with 125 different major thoughts in it. Each thought is a direct Buffett quote. In the back of the book is a bibliography, which will give you the attribution for each thought. For most of the 125 thoughts listed, the bibliography will also furnish an Internet web address to find the original source for the quote, whether it's an annual report, magazine article, or public speech, you will find the source.

In addition to the 125 thoughts, you will find about a page of narrative furnished by the authors, Marry Buffett (Warren's former daughter in law) and David Clark who is himself a Buffett watcher. They will be giving you clarification, and illustrations of the Buffett quote in action.

I'll found both the original quotes, and the author's narrative to be ABSOLUTELY FASICINATING. If you are involved in the stock market it is more than fascinating, it is COMPELLING. Here's the deal, there's no nonsense here. There's no filler.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kodi VINE VOICE on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by stating unequivocally that this book is a gem for investors. There are many life lessons to be learned as well, but there are a few contradictions worth noting:

1. A quote from the biography of Mary Buffett who co-authored this book: "Throughout her twelve year marriage to Peter Buffett, Mary was often instructed not to speak to anyone outside the family about Warren's investment methods." Following her divorce, she retained the Buffett last name and spilled her beans on Warren's investment strategies without endorsements from Warren. I don't know Mary Buffett, but a little explaining of this behavior goes a long way when according to her, one of Warren's requirements in doing business is to do it with people of integrity.

2. David Clark, the co-author of this book is a portfolio manager. It's a bit ironic that according to these two authors, Warren consistently expresses a low opinion of money managers as short-sighted investors. A quote from page 145: "If the big fund managers weren't obsessed with the quick buck, Warren would never have been able to make all the great buys that he has built his career on."

3. While on the subject of contradictions, there's one from the man himself: In page 101 Warren says "the increase in life expectancy that a shift to a health-conscious diet might bring is not worth the decrease in the pleasure he would get from eating less junk food," referring to his steady diet of "Coke, hamburgers and inch-thick steaks." In page 91, "Warren sees the human mind and body as being kind of business asset, your business, your asset... take care of them and make them strong." This may be a case of the preacher not following his own advice.

Contradictions aside, this book contains lots of basic common sense advice about investing and life in general. It's a quick read that should be a requirement for everyone, investor or not.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Barebones on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Warren Buffett's sayings are funny, profound, and self-explanatory. This book quotes 125 of those sayings, following each with a brief, humorless "interpretation," which, at best, adds nothing to the original, and in some cases misses the whole point.

For a better sense of how this great investor thinks, read any of the recent annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. L. M. Villiers on May 29, 2007
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In a day and age where one can easily and inexpensively manage a portfolio and trade on the stock market, this book provides helpful insights into the difference between investing and speculating. I hope consequently to be more prudent in the choice of my investments. In particular there is strong warning against the speculative type of investment in companies that are full of hopes but short on a solid track record.

Significant in this is Buffets avoidance of technology stocks.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WearyTraveler... on December 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in about 2 hours. It's primary message is what we've all heard before from Buffett:

Know what you're buying into

Plan for the long haul

Wait until the good company is priced low

There's a bunch of other information but those are the 3 primary messages in the book (from my perspective).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Ruggeri on January 26, 2010
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I was hesitant to order this book based on the negative reviews, and now I understand why. I will grant that there are a few gems of business philosophy among the quotations, but the accompanying explanations are often childish, and the ideas themselves become very repetitive about two-thirds of the way through. You will get tired of hearing to buy genuine value when it's cheap, trust me. You will get tired of the hyperbole as well, along the lines of "follow this advice and you'll be a billionaire!"

I bought the Kindle edition, and it's rather expensive as Kindle books go. Oddly enough, the book is the opposite of what it preaches: mediocre value at a high price.

I would recommend you search the web for quotes from Buffett and do your own interpretation of their meaning. You may not get the full history as conveyed in the notes in this book, but you'll get the gist and that's really what matters here.
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