The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life Paperback – 16 Sep 2009
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`A reliable and perceptive account of stock market history through the prism of the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett' --The Times
`As well as the minutiae of his deals, what emerges is a sympathetic yet realistic portrait of a single-minded man. ****' --Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Alice Schroeder began her career as a certified public accountant, working for Ernst & Young before being appointed as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in the equities division. She was the number 1-ranked Institutional Investor All-America Research analyst in 2001 and 2002, and a member of the All-America Research team for seven years. Schroeder first met Warren Buffett in 1998. By 2001, Buffett began to suggest that Alice shift from the business of following stocks in order to write full-time.
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Anyone in the field of investing, or personal development will be naturally drawn to this book, as I was. But it is also a fine story of life in business and in the public eye from the Great Depression to the 2008/9 Global financial meltdown, which will appeal to everybody. Warren’s personal life and philosophy is examined in just as much detail as his business life.
I was initially taken aback by the size of this tome and wondered whether, or not I would have the stamina to get through it. I needn’t have worried though. It drew me in from the very first chapter and throughout the book I often found myself laughing out loud and insisting on reading segments of it back to my (very patient) partner.
overall it seems warren makes money for the thrill and challenge of it to see if he is clever enough to beat the market.
he doesnt invest so he can spend it.
its not a book about how to invest it is more a cse of warren came froma middle classs background with a stockbroker father, in which he had no debt, lived at home or college for years, saved and saved and started as a broker, so made his money via a cut as all fund managers do.
but he wanted to pick stocks and businesses, not just place them into folks portfolios for them.he had heartache in his life, deaths , seperation and his kids never really seen him as a suportive dad, nor did his wife see him as a manly husband, they thought in todays analysis, he had OCD when it coems to saving, scrimping and making money.nothing else mattered, he neglected his family and gave them money to make up for it imo.
I felt as though I got to know him on some level although I feel that the book, like Buffett himself, only gives some things away. A more incisive look into his mind and actions would have been preferred but maybe that's not possible with him.
There are far too many pages concerning other people that could have been cut. I suspect this was a requirement of his to pay homage to certain important people in his life. Still, it wasn't too much of a distraction.
This book deals with Warren's life from earliest days (actually his previous family history as well) to the present time.
It is honest to the point of being hard to read- and all the better for it.
I have read the book a few times and still find myself returning to it. As usual with material from Warren Buffer- many of the lessons are apparently obvious, but in real life really hard to consistently apply. Warren is a special person and the book really brings this to light.