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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2014 Endless Extra Edition Hardcover – September 25, 2014
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"Immensely readable, knee-slapping funny. And I consider Andy to be the official historian of Berkshire Hathaway." --Robert Hagstrom, author of The Warren Buffett Way
"Worth its weight in gold or in Class A shares. It's amazing what a cub reporter like Andy can do with such rich material." --Lawrence Cunningham, editor of The Essays of Warren Buffett
"If you carefully study the lessons of this book, you, too, can live like a paperboy." --Warren Buffett
About the Author
Andy Kilpatrick is a 1965 graduate of Washington & Lee University. He served in the Peace Corps in India for two years, earned a master's degree in English from the University of Vermont and was a U.S. Navy officer for three years. His 20-year career with newspapers in Birmingham, Alabama, included eight years as a business reporter. From 1992 until he retired in 2010, he was a stockbroker with Wells Fargo. Since then he has continued to write and write.
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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2014 Endless Extra Edition, written by Andrew Kilpatrick is a must read for all Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway fans. Value investors (or anyone who is interested in investing in stocks and businesses) will also benefit greatly from this book. There are so many important and interesting things to learn from Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and Of Permanent Value is a perfect way to learn them all. This book also covers important people around Warren Buffett which helps me understand how Warren Buffett become the person he is today: his philosophies, his views on life, and how he interact with other people. Over the years, Of Permanent Value, filled with Buffett's teaching and experiences, helps me to shape my investing philosophies, develop my competencies, and keeping things in perspective.
Kudos to Andy Kilpatrick for putting this book together and continue to update the story about the greatest value investor of our time. I also appreciate Andy Kilpatrick's and Warren Buffett's sense of humor.
This book is filled with lots of photos (mostly color) and also cover recent development that occurred in the past one year. The chapters are concise and gets directly to the point which makes it interesting and relatively quick (each chapter) to read. There are a lot of chapters which will give you year round fun things to read (read a couple chapters a day). This book will also make a great coffee table book. :)
New for the 2014 Endless Extra Edition:
- How will Berkshire look like in the future?
- Who's who shareholder list
- Who is Ted Weschler?
- Update from 2014 Berkshire Annual Meeting (great event)
If you want to read this book during travel, I recommend you to also purchase the Kindle edition although I am aware it is the 2012 edition (which is still a great book/edition):
Of Permanent Value: Kindle Edition Part I (2012 Odyssey Edition)
Of Permanent Value: Kindle Edition Part II (2012 Odyssey Edition)
Of Permanent Value: Kindle Edition Part III (2012 Odyssey Edition)
I hope you enjoy and learn from this book as much as I do.
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently" - Warren Buffet
So, when I attended the 50th Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, NE, in May, and saw the author, Andrew Kilpatrick, personally autographing this edition at the "Bookworm" booth inside the CenturyLink Center, I could not resist buying it.
At over 1,300 pages, and weighing in at a little over nine pounds, reading it requires a gargantuan effort, but I am pleased to say that I finished all of it and I enjoyed 90% of it. There is so much rich history here, as well as a couple thousand photos, many in color, and a plethora of humorous anecdotes thrown in for good measure. The book goes into great detail about every Berkshire Hathaway acquisition, as well as the stock positions that are held by BRK, e.g., IBM, P&G, Wells Fargo, AMEX, and many others. In addition, the book also provides background on so many other topics regarding Buffett, Berkshire, and even some of their notable shareholders.
Mr. Kilpatrick has performed a great service to the Buffett fans (of which I am one) in assembling all of this information and fitting it into one huge volume. I'm sure it was/is a monumental task!
Now that I have finished it, my appetite for Buffett/Berkshire books has been satiated, at least for the rest of this year. Of course, once Mr. Buffett and Mr. Munger and the good folks at Berkshire Hathaway make another acquisition, as they so often do, Mr. Kilpatrick will have to issue a newer version : ) And Mr. Kilpatrick, if you happen to read this review, I'd like to take a better photo of you at next year's meeting.
Thank you, Mr. Kilpatrick (whose photo is shown below), for a great read, and for being so cordial to me at the meeting in Omaha.
UPDATE: Thanks again, Mr. Kilpatrick. It was very nice seeing you again at the 2016 BRK meeting, where the NEW edition of your book was flying off the shelves.