The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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Author: Schroeder, Alice

Brand: Bantam

Color: Black

Edition: 1st

Features:

  • The personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as “The Oracle of Omaha”—for fans of the HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Deckle Edge

Number Of Pages: 960

Release Date: 29-09-2008

Details: Product description Used book in good condition, due to its age it could contain normal signs of use From Publishers Weekly In this startlingly frank account of Buffett's life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley—and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer—strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word's richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity. In a book that is dominated by unstinting descriptions of Buffett's appetites—for profit, women (particularly nurturing maternal types), food (Buffett maintained his and his family's weight by "dangling money")—it is refreshing that Schroeder keeps her tone free of judgment or awe; Buffett's plain-speaking suffuses the book and renders his public and private successes and failures wonderfully human and universal. Schroeder's sections detailing the genesis of Buffett's investment strategy, his early mentoring by Benjamin Graham (who imparted the memorable "cigar butt" scheme: purchasing discarded stocks and taking a final puff). Inspiring managerial advice abounds and competes with gossipy tidbits (the married Buffett's very public relationship with Washington Post editor Katherine Graham) in this rich, surprisingly affecting biography. From Bookmarks Magazine Warren Buffett should be applauded for allowing such open access to his life. Alice Schroeder, who interviewed friends and family, pored over Buffett's personal archive, and spent thousands of hours with Buffett, comes away with an unprecedented look at the hidden life of an American icon. At more than 900 pages (100 of which are notes), The Snowball—the title is a metaphor for the relentless growth of Buffett's portfolio—sets the bar high for future efforts. Schroeder's account is comprehensive and her eye for the telling detail keen; while she explains the financial deals, she also explores Buffett's childhood quirks and his unconventional marriage. Enough is enough, though, and John Mark Eberhart of the Kansas City Star speaks for several critics when he points out, "I just could have done with a little less bang for my buck." Copyright 2008 Bookmarks Publishing LLC Review “The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis. . . . A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe’s wisest investor.” —Forbes “Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way.  The Snowball tells a fascinating story.” —New York Times “If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then   The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists.” —Washington Post “Anyone who has been watching events unfold in recent months—which would be everyone—can now appreciate the wisdom of Buffett. . . . The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.” —Los Angeles Times “Even people who don't care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait. . . . Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen.” —Time Magazine “Schroeder . . . has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject. . . . Now more than ever, Buffett’s emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It’s the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist.” —People, four stars “Schroeder . . . is well equipped to elucidate Buffett’s deals [and] Buffett’s life abounds with good stories.” —New Yorker “You will learn a lot about one of the nation’s most compelling and important men from reading   The Snowball.” —Boston Globe “In  The Snowball, novice biographer Alice Schroeder gives us one of the most detailed, candid life stories ever published. . . . It is almost imposs

Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.1 inches

Languages: English

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