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Buffet: The Making of an American Capitalist Paperback – 24 Nov 2008

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Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the twentieth century - an astounding net worth of $10 billion, and counting. His awesome investment record has made him a cult figure popularly known for his seeming contradictions: a billionaire who has a modest lifestyle, a phenomenally successful investor who eschews the revolving-door trading of modern Wall Street, a brilliant dealmaker who cultivates a homespun aura. Journalist Roger Lowenstein draws on three years of unprecedented access to Buffett's family, friends, and colleagues to provide the first definitive, inside account of the life and career of this American original. Buffett explains Buffett's' investment strategy - a long-term philosophy grounded in buying stock in companies that are undervalued on the market and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces - and shows how it is a reflection of his inner self.

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Very Entertaining 19 April 2010
By Edward J. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great book. I also read The Snowball, which is a more recent biography - but this one goes into a bit more depth on his early years. The book takes you from his early childhood through the end of his time at Salomon Brothers. There is a great feel for his investment philosophy, ethics, personal life and theories. The author is pretty balanced in his apporach, and does address some of the elements of Buffett's personal life. The lessons of Buffett's life are well told - including insights into his homespun wisdom, quiet determination and business acumen. A great read.
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