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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,760 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Schroeder Narrator: Richard McGonagle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eleanor | 2/19/2014

    " I found this book very interesting. I'd actully got it for my husband to read because he enjoys finance and "crunching numbers", but I was surprised that I enjoyed learning a bit more about Buffett beyond his means of making money. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lj | 2/6/2014

    " I usually enjoy books about the Oracle of Omaha. This one is written as a fawning love story with who-knows-whom details ad nauseum. I'm afraid that I couldn't be bothered reading the whole thing. Alas. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margot | 2/2/2014

    " I finished this a long time ago. Very good biography of an amazing man. "

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