Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

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Doubleday, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 475 pages
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Buffett is the enthralling story of the life and investment philosophy of America's most successful stock picker. Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Lowenstein reveals how the famously sensible investment strategy of buying stocks that are undervalued and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces is a reflection of the values by which Warren Buffett has always lived. By piercing the veil of secrecy of this immensely private man, Lowenstein explores his human qualities - patience, loyalty, integrity, conviction - and shows how these were always as important as his nimble mind. Buffett masterly traces every facet of this uniquely American life, from delivering Cokes door-to-door in Omaha, Nebraska, to becoming the largest shareholder in the Coca-Cola Company. More than a collection of corporate-finance anecdotes, Buffett is a human story and an unforgettable portrait of one man's remarkable success.
 

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User Review  - sundaraz - LibraryThing

It's a great read. Amazing for an author who did not have direct access to the subject. I've read Snowball and realized now, how detailed Snowball is!! Events mentioned in passing here are described ... Read full review

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User Review  - shammann - LibraryThing

Mr. Lowenstein does a fantastic job making the financial world understandable to people who aren't involved in it. This book did a great job as a biography. I found it a fascinating look into Mr. Buffets life. Read full review

Contents

Omaha
3
Runaway
21
Graham
36
Beginnings
60
Partners
78
GoGo
96
Berkshire Hathaway
121
Return of the Native
140
Alter Ego
162
Washington Redux
181
Press Lord
203
Partners Redux
224
The Carpet Woman
246
The Eighties
257
A Brief Introduction to Darts
306
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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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