Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

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Doubleday, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 475 pages
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Since its hardcover publication in August of 1995, Buffett has appeared on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Newsday and Business Week bestseller lists. The incredible landmark portrait of Warren Buffett's uniquely American life is now available in paperback, revised and updated by the author.

Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the twentieth century--an astounding net worth of $10 billion, and counting. His awesome investment record has made him a cult figure popularly known for his seeming contradictions: a billionaire who has a modest lifestyle, a phenomenally successful investor who eschews the revolving-door trading of modern Wall Street, a brilliant dealmaker who cultivates a homespun aura.

Journalist Roger Lowenstein draws on three years of unprecedented access to Buffett's family, friends, and colleagues to provide the first definitive, inside account of the life and career of this American original. Buffett  explains Buffett's' investment strategy--a long-term philosophy grounded in buying stock in companies that are undervalued on the market and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces--and shows how it is a reflection of his inner self.

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Fascinating and balanced portrayal of Mr. Buffett. - Goodreads
Great insight into Warren Buffett and how he invests - Goodreads
another finance dork selection - Goodreads
This is a well written and easy to read biography. - Goodreads
It's educational and interesting. - Goodreads
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The book probably continues to be regarded as the most authoritative biography to date of Warren Buffett, although it was published in 1995. Biographies (or for that matter, even autobiographies) are by definition subjective accounts, however Lowenstein seems to do a good job presenting a balanced account of Buffett the investor (though arguably shying away from any criticism of Buffett the family man).
One of the joys of the book was how wonderfully Lowenstein built up the Buffett story starting with Buffett as a young child. The narrative progression is fascinating, starting with Buffett's early obsession with trivia and cash-collecting, his early forays into investing, his discovery of the Alexander Graham school of value-investing, experiences working for others as well as setting up his first fund, and finally the story of the development of Berkshire Hathaway as the world's most consistently profitable conglomerate.
Full review here: http://stefan.mobileadventures.com/2008/10/book-review-buffett-by-roger-lowenstein.html

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Buffett bought his first stock at 11 years old and is now worth over 66 billion dollars. In the 50 years from 1964 to 2014, the S&P 500 (including dividends) increased an impressive 11,196%. Buffett's ... Read full review



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Roger Lowenstein, author of the bestselling Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, reported for The Wall Street Journal for over a decade and wrote the stock-market column "Heard on the Street" from 1989 to 1991 and the "Intrinsic Value" column from 1995 to 1997. He now writes a column in SmartMoney magazine and has written for The New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. He has three children and lives in Westfield, New Jersey.

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