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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (March 12 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679450246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679450245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the 20th century -- an astounding net worth of $10 billion and counting. That awesome record has made him a cult figure.

This illuminating biography reveals a man whose conscientiousness, integrity, and good humor exist alongside an odd emotional isolation. Buffett also masterfully traces his life: his enormously successful partnership; his early, inspired investments in American Express and Geico; his companionship and investment with Katharine Graham of the Washington Post; his role in the Capital Cities purchase of ABC; his unique relationship with his wife and mistress; and his rescue of the scandal-ridden Salomon Brothers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By picking the right stocks and businesses to invest in, plainspoken Nebraskan Warren Buffett became the richest man in the U.S. In this excellent biography, Wall Street Journal reporter Lowenstein details the billionaire stock market wizard's strategy of betting on the long-term growth of a handful of successful companies such as American Express and Berkshire Hathaway. Providing personal glimpses of a very private man, Lowenstein unearths childhood traumas such as the tormenting rages of Buffett's mother and his forced relocation to Washington, D.C., in 1943, where, at 13, he ran away from home (he was found by the police the next day). Buffett's wife, Susan Thompson, a nightclub singer, walked out on him in 1977 and was quickly replaced by his mistress, Latvian-born Astrid Menks. Lowenstein profiles an emotionally guarded, "strangely stunted" Midas obsessed with work and secrecy, who seemingly derives little pleasure from his fabulous wealth. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 15 1999
Format: Paperback
Were it not for the nature of his specialty--making lots of money through intelligent investments--Warren Buffett might well be considered an idiot savant. Instead, because he is inordinately wealthy, he is viewed by his admirers as something of a demigod.
Mr. Lowenstein is one of those admirers. Despite the rather clear evidence that Mr. Buffett's personal life is a shambles, Mr. Lowenstein describes it in the most glowing terms. Hey! If you're rich, you must be happy!
As far as Mr. Buffett's investment philosophy is concerned, Mr. Lowenstein provides much useful background information and makes the point that it has evolved over time. In other words, like any other professional, he thinks about what he is doing.
Personally, I found "The Midas Touch" by John Train and Buffett's own letters to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (which are available in book form) more interesting and useful. They're also much more concise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 6 2008
Format: Paperback
Note: The review that follows is of the Second Edition.

I recently re-read this Buffett biography (first published in 1995 and now re-issued with a new Afterword, dated January 2008) and then read Alice Schroeder's The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Both are first-rate. Which to select if reading only one? That depends on how much you wish to know about Buffett's personal life, including his relations with various family members, and how curious you are about his personal hang-ups, peculiarities, eccentricities, fetishes, etc. If you can do without any of that, Roger Lowenstein's biography is the one to read. I also highly recommend the recently published Second Edition of The Essays of Warren Buffet: Lessons for Corporate America, with content selected, arranged, and introduced by Lawrence Cunningham.

In fact, I'd now like to provide a brief excerpt from Cunningham's Introduction: "The central theme uniting Buffett's lucid essays is that the principles of fundamental business analysis, first formulated by his teachers Ben Graham and David Dodd, should guide investment practice. Linked to that theme are management principles that define the proper role of corporate managers as the stewards of invested capital, and the proper role of shareholders as the suppliers and owners of capital. Radiating from these main themes are practical and sensible lessons on the entire range of business issues, from accounting to mergers to evaluation." Lowenstein does a skill job of examining the context in which various lessons were learned, both by Buffett and by those with whom he was associated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "alloosh" on Aug. 11 2004
Format: Paperback
Absolutely great book on the greatest investor of all time. The author of the book has done a remarkable and extensive research of anything and everything that is Warren Buffett. From before his birth up until around 1995, the book is filled with details about Warren Buffet's life, personality, and investment strategy. Although there are countless books about his life, I think this one ranks as the best in terms of details and writing style; the book never fails to entertain and keeps you highly interested. Buy this book, it is a great addition to any collection, a story of an unparalleled phenomenon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mootstreet on April 6 2008
Format: Paperback
Did you know that Warren Buffet started a number of businesses while he was still a student? Did you know that he obtained a masters degree at the age of 21? Did you know that he read at least a hundred books on business before he graduated high school and he knew that he understood finance better than the professors?

In this book, Roger Lowenstein reveals the life of Warren Buffet from his childhood to around 1995. Warren Buffett is a very private man and there aren’t many books that reveal his personal life. To get a glimpse of his personal life, Roger Lowenstein spent a great deal of time interviewing Buffett’s friends and family. This is the book to get if anyone wants to understand Warren Buffett’s life and career. I especially like how Roger Lowenstein went through a number of Warren Buffett’s investments (Washington Post, Buffalo News, GEICO) and his involvement with the executives. It helps readers to become better investor and understand more about business. Overall, it is a great read, entertaining for a finance book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doug1022 on March 1 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a superbly interesting look into the life of Mr. Buffett. In my opinion, the most fascinating reading involves Warren's early years, as he learns to craft his genius and begin his life as an allocater of capital.
It's especially puzzling that despite being a nerd, Buffett easily charms many of his class mates and others with whom he interacts. These skills were wildly successful as he went out seeking capital to launch his partnership.
I have read this book a few times, and recently took to underlining the most interesting anecdotes passages and Buffettisms. After recently finishing the book, I realized that I had practically highlighted each sentence. There are many gems within to be comptemplated
If you REALLY want to understand Buffett, ignore the "Invest Like Buffett" books out there (and there are a bunch). It is a lot more worthwhile to learn about the man, and especially his principles. This book in conjunction with his annual letters to his partners / shareholders is the best method by which a student can truly learn from the Oracle of Omaha.
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