- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591846803
- ISBN-13: 978-1591846802
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013 Paperback – December 31, 2013
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About the Author
CAROL J. LOOMIS is a senior editor-at-large at Fortune, where she has worked since 1954. She has been the magazine’s expert on Warren Buffett since 1966 and has edited his annual letter to shareholders since 1977. Her many honors include five lifetime achievement awards, including a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and Time Inc.’s first-ever Henry Luce Award. This is her first book. She lives in Westchester County.
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Martin J. Fischer
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I'll confess here that I'm a value-driven investor and sleep with a copy of Ben Graham's `Intelligent Investor' in my bedroom. Graham was Buffet's professor at Columbia Business School and afterward his employer. It's the lessons Buffett learned from Graham that started him on his singularly successful career. There are other lessons, too, learned along the way that are chronicled in `Tap Dancing to Work'.
Loomis is Buffet's pro bono editor of his now famous Letter to Shareholders published in the Berkshire Hathaway annual report. Several of these letters along with articles written by Buffet for Fortune and other pieces written by Fortune staff writers and editors about Buffett comprise the content of `Tap Dancing to Work'.
Candidly, there is a bit of a journalistic love fest that frames the book. Nevertheless, it's apparent that care was taken in the selection of the myriad articles spanning some forty plus decades. This is a good book for those who are familiar with Buffett and his background. It does a nice job of reinforcing the values and perspective - both personal and professional - of the man.
For those unfamiliar with Buffett or one seeking a more biographical storyline I would also recommend `The Snowball'.
Overall, I enjoyed the reading... it gives a pretty good story of his business life. It did go on a couple of tangents that I was not as interested in... I would have preferred it stay more focused on topic.
This book is similar to Essays of Warren Buffett, but deviates on topic a bit more.
Good book, but if you have to choose, I would recommend Essays of Warren Buffett first, then this one.