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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: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)


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By Patrick on April 24 2013
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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. You won't learn how Buffett did all his money with precision but you will have a big picture of his start and how he grows from his young year to the current year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 15 1999
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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
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookwormy on June 15 2004
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Himmey on May 6 2004
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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. Therefore, you do not get a sense of what he did during that time of hysteria, but prior to that it gives an insight that most authors aren't capable of relaying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mootstreet on April 6 2008
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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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