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Buffett: The Making Of An American Capitalist [Paperback]

Roger Lowenstein
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3 Feb 1997
Lowenstein reveals the man behind the financial genius - a man who he prefers to buy his suits of the peg and lives on a diet of pepsi cola and cheeseburgers. The author also examines his relationships with his wife and his mistress and in this clear-eyed biography paints Buffett as the antithesis of today's reckless Wall Street, showing that his work is his life - a recipe for success that has a personal price.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (3 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752805991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752805993
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 11.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first full account of the public and private lives of america's richest man. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Almost from the day that Dr. Pollard awakened him to the world, six pounds strong and five weeks early, Warren Buffett had a thirst for numbers. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book on Buffett 14 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
While I was reading this book, it struck me as odd that Buffett is still alive and kicking in today's financial market. I've got a strange feeling that I was reading a biography of a great person who died long long ago. Actually, this book is more than a biography of Buffett; it has mirrored vividly one essential part of the American capitalism since WWII. I am really amazed at Roger Lowenstein's Buffett. I am astonished as well to discover that Buffett applies his philosophy not only to his business life but also to his personal life. It's beyond my reach to copy it.

You may from time to time be fed up with the glut of investing books on the market, and I am no exception. Do you want to get hold of the greatest wisdom on investing from a book that makes you feel like reading a novel? If that is the case, this book should be one of your best choices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives nice insight in Buffet's philosophy 28 Feb 2003
Format:Hardcover
I like this book. It is not about Buffet's investment methodology, but about his life and especially his investment philosophy. By describing both the personal and business life of Buffett, the author tells us a lot about Buffett's way of thinking. I can't tell you if this book is better than other biographies of Buffet, but this one is complete and especially interesting for those who study Buffet's methodology of investing. I think the author is a little bit harsh on contemporary finance theory and it is funny when he accuses Buffett of confusing intrinsic and bookvalue in a certain investment decision in the 60's. However, I hope the author is working on a second edition, because this story ends in 1995 and what happened the last eight years with Berkshire Hathaway, the company of Buffet, is interesting, just as this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born to be Rich 15 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is not as detailed about Warren Buffett's life as The Snowball by Alice Schroeder, but it is still an excellent read. From early childhood, Warren learned the value of a dollar by working hard at numerous jobs. He was never a spendthrift, but instead saved as much as possible so that he could invest it long-term. His determination and focus made him what he is today.

Warren Buffett's investment philosophy is just so simple. Just buy excellent companies at reasonable prices and hold them long-term. This philosophy shows readers that they can do it themselves and become successful just like Warren Buffett. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in investing.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and informative 7 April 2013
By Henry
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Roger Lowenstein tells the interesting story of Buffett, his family, friends and business associates while highlighting the decision points he made throughout his career which made him so successful. Plenty of lessons to learn about Buffett's investment strategy in an easy to read format.
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