God, I loved this book. Was a little sad when I finished it. Buffett's financial exploits are described in detail but this is a very personal story. I felt like I gained a new friend in Warren Buffett. Oddly, death featured prominently throughout the book. Maybe that's because some friends and family die or because it covers such a long period of time. It is epic and it is long. I had the large print version and it was like a phone book. I constantly found myself marveling at the amount of research that had to go into this book. It's super exhaustive. I know much more about Buffett now and I was a little tired at the end. At the same time it's breezy reading. I found the writing accessible and fun. It is completely thorough and I learned tons. Did not know that Berkshire was a textile company, nor what a Dilly Bar was. Had never heard of Charles Munger either: Buffet's so called Siamese twin in business. Anxious to read his collection of speeches: "Poor Charlie's Almanac". Munger is such a character! No doubt it contains endless nuggets of wit and wisdom. Buffett's philanthropic efforts later in life are super interesting as is his notion of the "ovarian lottery"; he's grateful to have been born in Amerca and attributes much of his success to this aspect of life, of which he had no control over. Super interesting stuff! The book is pure Americana. In a way this story is a large chunk of American history too. It makes me want to eat steak and to eat ice cream and to hang out in my pajamas. I will probably buy a copy of the book and I can't wait to read it again.
The writing isn't bad, I was only interested in the business side of Buffet, so I skipped over large swaths of the book that covered his personal life.
"First, I want t to say that [I chose] not to finish this book a couple chapters short of the conclusion, because the influence on brain and also out of respect to Warren Buffet prior to this publication not releasing in depth information about his business and life. Though that fails my self interest; I know it's not my fault. Pres. Obama gave Warren Buffet the citizens metal, yet he admits in the publication to have grown up in an environment that could have easily made him a business man like the Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort. Having admitted that Oklahoma was a racist place in the early 20th century. I know I can be manipulated into doing or not doing, but I read the majority of the substance of this book, and I know of conduct that is asked of the people that attend Berkshire Hathaway functions, him being a philanderer (Having admitted to cheating on Susie Buffet), The business trouble he found himself in dealing with the principled Rose, the way he dealt with financially (He advises his family on investment, and was said to give his children money for milestones.), etc.. I would like to finish it, but like Trigonometry and Calculus (Let alone Computational physics and Quantum Mechanics) it may take me longer than I have to do so (Unless I run into Pres. Obama for. advisor Shirley Ann Jackson).
It is a hard book to read, and a large one. It wanders a lot about in the formative years of Mr. Buffett and skimps on the most interesting late years (after 1990). It shows how the early years and certain qualities built in childhood are having a large print later in life. It pushed me to find more about Mr. Charles Munger, who has a larger view on life than Mr. Buffett and seems much more interesting.
Ever wonder how to become a billionaire? Learn how Warren Buffett, a decidedly low key and down home personality came to be one of the richest men in the world. Author Alice Schroeder gets up close to the highly private and personal life of Mr. Buffett. Includes insights on his personal and business friendships and dealings with such persons as Kay Graham and Bill Gates. Buffett, an Omaha native lives a very unconventional life, from ‘elephant bumping’ with the world’s elite to maintaining his long distance marriage.
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