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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

By Alice Schroeder
Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."
Although the media track him constantly, Buffett himself has never told his full life story. His reality is private, especially by celebrity standards. Indeed, while the homespun persona that the public sees is true as far as it goes, it goes only so far. Warren Buffett is an array of paradoxes. He set out to prove that nice guys can finish first. Over the years he treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time he became the world's richest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company Berkshire Hathaway. None of this fits the term "simple."
When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write.
Never before has Buffett spent countless hours responding to a writer's questions, talking, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates--opening his files, recalling his childhood. It was an act of courage, as The Snowball makes immensely clear. Being human, his own life, like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth may be, Buffett's legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people's lives. This book tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time.


NEWS & OPINION: The Snowball Effect

Posted February 5, 2009, 4:05 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
While it's slightly gossipy, there was an interesting article from Leslie Wayne in The New York Times recently about Warren Buffet and his biographer, Alice Schroeder. Apparently, the dinner hosted by Ms. Schroeder, a tradition of many years at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, has been canceled this year. Read more

STAFF PICKS: On this last day of 2008, here's the best of 2008.

Posted December 31, 2008, 4:22 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
With the end of the year comes reflection on the highs and lows. This week three more rankings of the best of business books were published. The lists of Gary H. Read more

STAFF PICKS: Reuters to the Rescue

Posted December 24, 2008, 8:48 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Reuters reporter Lisa Von Ahn has some recommended "reading to brighten the holidays. " She starts with three classics being released the day after Christmas by Penguin imprint, Jeremy P. Tarcher. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: An Independent Bookseller Picks Five

Posted December 19, 2008, 3:00 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
R. J. Julia Booksellers Founder Roxanne J. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: The Best Books of 2008 - Business Pundit Edition

Posted December 17, 2008, 3:24 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Business Pundit knows business books well, and has chosen the 10 from 2008 they think are the best. I think they have the right idea in describing the popular feelings of the year: 2008 came in two parts. Part I, which ran through Bear Stearns, carried the vestiges of prior years, when we thought we could get away with everything, never anticipating that in actuality, everything would get away from us. Read more


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ISBN: 9780553805093

About the Hardcover

Publisher Bantam
Publish date 09/29/2008
Pages 960
ISBN-13 9780553805093
ISBN-10 0553805096
Language English

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