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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.
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.
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I really like Lowenstein's writing style and his attention to factual information. I'm planning to read more of his work, new and old.Published 7 months ago by Rod Tyler
This book is probably literally worth it's weight in gold. As an insider's perspective on Buffet's journey, it is filled with rich background, captivating stories, and nowdays... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul Frew
I love this book more than the Snowball. The writer is very intelligent. He discussed more of Buffet's investments than his personal life.Published 9 months ago by Nathalie Nguyen
Wasn't sure what to expect but I wanted to learn more about Buffett, and I found this book fascinating! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daryl Manderville
I really appreciate the read of this book. You learn the life of someone who has succeed in life more than anyone. It's really entertaining and the book has a lot of pages. Read morePublished on April 24 2013 by Patrick
Cette biographie est très inspirante. Par contre, certains passages de la vie de M. Buffet sont longs. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2010 by J. Doyon
I've read a lot of books about Warren Buffett and this is by far my favorite. If you have to read only one, read this one.Published on June 15 2004 by Bookwormy
I found that I knew so little about Warren Buffett, and this gave me a wealth of knowledge. Unfortunately, the book was written before the tech boom and subsequent collapse. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Himmey