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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Schroeder Narrator: Kirsten Potte Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story.”

    New York Times

  • “If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, thenThe Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists.”

    Washington Post

  • “The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Even people who don’t care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait…Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen.”


  • “Schroeder…has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject…Now more than ever, Buffett’s emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It’s the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “Alice Schroeder’s accumulation of detail, her vivid, artless descriptions of people and places, and the resulting narrative fluidity make this a compelling book. It has the bouncing vitality of an early Sinclair Lewis novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Schroeder…is well equipped to elucidate Buffett’s deals…[and] Buffett’s life abounds with good stories.”

    New Yorker

  • “You will learn a lot about one of the nation’s most compelling and important men from readingThe Snowball.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis…A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe’s wisest investor.”


  • “Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the United States, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past fifty years, making him one of the world’s richest people. Alice Schroeder’s massive authorized biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he’s done it.”

    Financial Times

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this one - I think Warren Buffet is fascinating anyway, but the author didn't shy away from pointing out his eccentricities and the tradeoffs he made in the life he chose even as she clearly got his cooperation and he contributed thoughts to several sections of the books. It reconfirmed much of what I knew but also taught me a lot about situations I did not know before. A really enjoyable read from my perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ali | 2/5/2014

    " great biography, very cleverly written to teach some financial basics, the principles with which warren buffett has always operated and the person behind the business mogul "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie Frieze | 2/4/2014

    " After I read this book I am going to be in the top 5% of the country, right? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeremy | 1/25/2014

    " Once I heard this book was out, I was excited. Warren Buffett is an interesting person and I admire him for his skills in making so much money. However, the book was very long. I enjoyed some of the person accounts I received from the many stories through out the book. It was a little over-bearing for a biography. I guess I was looking for some secret to making billions and all I got was how normal Warren is in everyday life. I found the book rather boring. "

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