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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; Reprint edition (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497644895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497644892
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me--and more than four decades after it was first published--"Business Adventures" remains the best business book I've ever read . . . Brooks's deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then." --Bill Gates, "The Wall Street Journal""The prose is superb. Reading Brooks is a supreme pleasure. His writing turns potentially eye-glazing topics (e.g., price-fixing scandals in the industrial electronics market) into rollicking narratives. He's also funny. . . . He tells entertaining stories replete with richly drawn characters, setting them during heightened moments within the world of commerce." --"Slate" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Hailed as a business classic by the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and widely acknowledged as a forerunner to the writing of Michael Lewis, BUSINESS ADVENTURES is an insightful and gripping look at corporate and financial life in America. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2014
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Here is a new edition of a book first published in 1969 and, until recently, out-of-print. It consists of 12 "stories" written by John Brooks (1920-1993) that first appeared in The New Yorker. It is one of Warren Buffett's two favorite books, the other being Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor. About 20 years ago, Buffett gave his copy of it to Bill Gates who mentioned that in a Wall Street Journal (July 11, 2014). Now another lemming stampede is underway.

Contrary to what many people apparently believe, however, the significance of this book has much less to do with either Buffett or Gates than it does with the value of Brooks' insights and how well he presents them. In my opinion, why Buffett and Gates think so highly of this book is of far greater importance than the fact they do so. I had read each of the essays as they appeared in the magazine and then re-read them recently after obtaining a copy of the new paperbound edition.

As I did so, I was again reminded of an incident that occurred years ago when one of Albert Einstein's colleagues at Princeton playfully chided him for asking the same questions every year on his final examinations. "Quite true. Each year, the answers are different."

Most of the historical material in Business Adventures is dated. How could it not be after 45 years? However, like Einstein's questions, the issues that Brooks discusses remain - if anything - more relevant today than they were in 1969. It is worth noting that the average length of the essays is about 37 pages. Brooks probes with surgical skill as he focuses on major crises in "the world of Wall Street" and what valuable lessons can be learned from each situation. Apparently Buffett and Gates took those lessons to heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on 4 Feb. 2015
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Any book that is the favourite of both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet is self-recommending, and I feel a little second-rate saying I really liked it as well. Nevermind. Business Adventures is a great book!

What distinguishes Business Adventures from other business books is the quality of the writing. It’s a collection of New Yorker articles by John Brooks from the golden age of print journalism, and it shows. Topics include the rise and fall of Xerox (invented by accident – they just kept adding elements from the periodic table to their ink till they found one that worked, and had no idea why), the Ford Edsel (a brutal failure of a car design for Ford), income tax, cornering a market in order to destroy short sellers (sadly now illegal, which might be why short selling is so popular), the first supermarket (Piggly Wiggly Stores – the owner would become a millionaire and then go bankrupt several times), the manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority, currency crises, and a vast scope of other subjects.

For the quality of the writing, for the quality of the stories, and for the insight, it's hard to beat. It won’t teach you to be a modern investment banker, but it will teach you about the fundamental concepts businesses and businesspeople need to think about, concepts that can often feel obscured in a haze of electronic trading and hedge funds today. As the real estate crash in the US showed, however, technology and advanced degrees are no substitute for understanding the classical principles of business.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P VAN MANEN on 15 Aug. 2014
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Fascinating insights about business from the late 60s that are scarily true today, despite the huge changes in technology and the markets in the meanwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Michael M Theis on 13 Aug. 2014
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A good entertaining and well informed read for somebody like myself some generations older than Bill Gates. Grateful for his tip off. Brooks is in a line of remarkable independent finamcial journalists. Long may they survive and keep the flag flying for an eqitable and understanding fact based analisis of economic activity so that the world may end up with an internationally agreed form of taxation to adjust the current immoral inequalities. Only so much can be consumed by any individual - the human stomach is expandable to only a certain limited extent - obesity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rohit chauhan on 18 Aug. 2014
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You don't disagree with Mr. Gates! Personally I looked the Edsel story the most, for its display of how fallible Research can be if devoid of customer insights. the income tax study comes a second close.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Haworth on 30 Oct. 2014
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A collection of business stories from the 50's and 60's which are quite fascinating and still have relevance today.

Book was recommended in a Times article by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MikeH on 14 Oct. 2014
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Bill Gates is right, you really should read this book. Though times are changing, the lessons provided are a useful navigation tool to add to the many others available.
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By Phil Eade on 29 Nov. 2014
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Easy and enjoyable to read, this book takes you through many businesses issues, legal, financial, marketing and product development, so you learn by observation. It's written in a journalistic style, recounting true cases, many being key in shaping laws. Whilst a little dated now, it's illuminating actual history which is riveting to understand
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