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Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book is a hodgepodge of information about a great man. There are lots of quotes and interesting facts about Buffett. If you already know him then there is little that is new here but it is still presented in an enjoyable way. The second half of the book is dedicated to his investing style with a lot of random stuff. For example, Lowe dumps material about Buffett's philosophies on charitable giving in this section.

Overall, good coffee table book or a nice gift for someone perhaps. However, if you are serious in wanting to learn about Warren Buffett (especially his investing style) then I would recommend reading his letters to shareholders which is posted for free in the Berkshire Hathaway website in his annual reports. These are extremely interesting and enjoyable to read even for non-investors. What makes Buffett a great man is not just his skills and talent at making money but his philosophies on various other topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a big Buffett fan, have been for decades now. Especially one has to respect him lately for expressing himself in ways that don't win a popularity contest. This book does not go deeply into the meaning of Buffett's thoughts. Also, I got the audio version and have not been inspired at all by the narrator's rendition. It's been difficult for me to hold my attention of this audio version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a guide to value investing, then this is not the book you're looking for. The book consists of a hodge-podge of quotes and insights from Warren Buffet himself, his family, and his friends - while the quotes and insights are interesting, the book feels rather unorganized.

If you're interested in learning more about Warren Buffet himself, and already know about his philosophy, then this could be a great complementary read. But, if you're looking for a more structured introduction (and who isn't, given the current shape of the financial markets), 'The Warren Buffet Way' by Robert Hagstrom is a good place to start.
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on August 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is not bad but I think is just for Buffet’s fans. It has a lot of quotes and explanations and you will learn more about Warren Buffet’s life.

I gave it a 3 star rating because the book is OK but most of the investment advices are common sense like buy a good company at a good price.
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on July 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A good introductory into the life of Warren Buffett. Though it was too generalized for me. The price was a bit steep too. It's a relaxed, easy to read book. Overall, you could learn from some of the quotes in the book. Not bad.
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