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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470152621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470152621
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most people come to know of Warren Buffett through his ability to generate wealth. However, as Janet Lowe reveals in her book, Warren Buffett Speaks, Buffett is more than a money-making machine. Warren Buffett Speaks is a library of notes and quotes that have been collected over the years, aimed at revealing the many aspects of the World's Greatest Investor--his wit, personality, and wisdom. The first half of the book deals with Buffett's view of life, family, and friends, while the latter half focuses on Buffett's investment philosophy and observations about the market. This book is a must for every Buffettologist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Some nice touches include a General Electric chronology and a short glossary of company lingo." -- USA Today, September 17, 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ron on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in reading about Buffett and his investment approach, this book is useless. This is a very short collection of quotes, most of which you will run into anyway.

If interested in Buffett as an investor, one good book is The Essays of Warren Buffett. If you want to save money even on this one, without missing out on the content, just download the letters to shareholders Buffett has written over the years and posted on Berkshire Hathaway's website, for free of course.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Senior Market Editor on January 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Warren Buffett already, but I have to say this is one of my favorite books of recent years. It's quite an easy read and very well written. Authored by someone who also appears to be a big fan of Warren Buffett. The book is well laid out, with sections on a number of topics. It imparts a variety of Mr. Buffett's business and investing wit & wisdom through quotes and interesting stories relating to both his personal and investing life. Not only may this book help you become a better investor, but it may also help you become a better person as well. Highly recommended, whether you invest in stocks or not.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leeper on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the wit and wisdom of Warren Buffet, the "World's Greatest Investor." Not all of the quotes are from him but are from friends, family, and colleagues. As mentioned in the book, this is more along the lines of Will Rogers. It is not strictly aphorisms on investing.
Just seeing Buffett's name sparked my enthusiasm in the book. Thinking this book would have a lot of investing tips, I was disappointed. The first part of the book consists of sayings on life in general. As the book progresses, then some investing thoughts are covered. When they are covered, they are not easily converted into a personal strategy to make a quick profit.
This does not mean that it is without merit. The key idea I will take from this book is to invest in companies rather than stock. If your research shows that the company is solid, you should invest in that company. Another idea is to invest as if you were going to leave for 5-10 years and had no way to change the investment.
There is a repeat of at least one quote. "You don't need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ." A rather encouraging thought about investing.
If you are looking for a guide to investing, then this is not your book. If you were looking for ideas to think about that would help shape long-term goals, then this would be more helpful. I would wait for the book by Warren Buffett.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book provides trivial context free quotes from the Master. The context can be provided if you read the full text. (You may find you disagree with it in context.)

Anyway, the Berkshire homepage (WWW.BERKSHIREHATHAWAY.COM) has a full set of Berkshire letters to shareholders. Read these instead.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Clark on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
She turns a great man into a cartoon character and refeeds us old quotes that she sold us years ago. Janet is a great writer but this is far from her best work. And the sad part of it is that she knows the man and could have given us some good personal insight. If you read the first edition don't bother with the second. And if you read the second don't expect to get much insight into Buffett's investment methods. Can't recommend this book, but I can recommend her books on Graham and Munger, which are both first class reads and worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Warren Buffett is just an inspiration. He is not only a great investor but also a great person. Unlike other billionaires who live in expansive mansions, Warren still lives in the same house in Omaha that he purchased for $32,000. Because he lives a simple life and is humble, the average person can identify with him and believes that it is possible to become like him. This book is full of Warren's quotes where readers can learn the values that he follows. The book is divided into six sections: about life, about friends, about family, about work, about running a business, and about investing. I highly recommend this book to anyone whether you are an investor or not.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dasn0wman on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I try to read everything on Warren Buffett and this book uncovers some new info that I haven't read. This book uncovers more about Buffett, the person, not just Buffett, the investor, even though the bulk of the book is on the latter. Most people like him because he is smart and he is rich but they don't know that he is also a great guy and a good person. He is a great change from the "Hey, it's only business" attitude as he would rather save a good company and lose some money than just fire everyone and sell it. He believes making money is important but building relationships with good people and good management is even more important since this is rare feat. He is not into material things as he still lives in his first house in his hometown driving the same car. Money to him is just a scoreboard. He has made the largest donation to charity in history and plans to give most of it away as opposed to leaving it as inheritance for his family since he believes that would be foodstamps for the rich. You learn a lot from this book about life, not just investing. My favorite part of the book is on his attitude. He is supremely confident and never has any doubt in anything he do. If you ever compare Berk with S&P 500, you will find they are two different graphs. This is testimony to his stay-true commitment to his investment strategy, a very important quality to have if you do decide to invest.
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