- Hardcover: 1310 pages
- Publisher: Andy Kilpatrick Publishing Empire (AKPE); 2014 Endless Extra Edition edition (September 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578649188
- ISBN-13: 978-1578649181
- Package Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.3 x 2.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2014 Endless Extra Edition Hardcover – September 25, 2014
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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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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.