Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012 Hardcover – 6 Dec 2012
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Loomis has created an engaging picture of a great influencer of our time.
Serious investors as well as those interested in the history of Berkshire Hathaway and the philanthropic ideas of Buffett will enjoy these revealing pieces extracted from theFortunearchives.
"Loomis has created an engaging picture of a great influencer of our time."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Serious investors as well as those interested in the history of Berkshire Hathaway and the philanthropic ideas of Buffett will enjoy these revealing pieces extracted from the Fortune archives."
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'The clearest picture of life according to the world's fourth-richest man' Evening Standard
'Stuffed with nuggets and insights - a Christmas fruitcake for the investor' Financial Times
WARREN BUFFETT BUILT BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INTO SOMETHING REMARKABLE - AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE HAD A FRONT-ROW SEAT.
When Fortune writer Carole Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 article, she didn't dream that Warren Buffett would become the world's greatest investor. Nor did she imagine that she and Buffett would be close friends.
As Buffett's fortune and reputation grew, Loomis used her unique insight into his thinking to chronicle his work, writing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments - and his occasional mistakes.
Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles from Fortune between 1966 and 2013, including cover stories and pieces by Buffett himself. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett's investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and even parenting.
Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this combination of trust, deep understanding of Buffett's world, and a long-term perspective.
[picture of Buffett and Loomis playing cards]
Caption: Playing bridge with Carol Loomis in 1988, Warren Buffett displays what he calls 'the strongest part of my game'--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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The book tracks slices of Warren Buffetts life, from obscurity to world fame. The approach taken in the various sections is that of "Fortune Magazine" - which is trying to educate/tip-off its readers as to current trends in investing and ideas around money.
Of course Mr. Buffett's investing wisdom will have clashed with the general magazine mood at certain times - the internet bubble being the easiest example, and that also provides an insight into the robustness of his approach/wisdom in all things investing.
Here we can see that Mr. Buffet has mastered all types of investment (and used all types at one stage directly or indirectly) , stocks, bonds, rental properties, deposit and t-bills. Furthermore he is better than "just" a capital allocator - he is a great manager of people.
I suggest that you also read The Snowball - for a further gripping read to provide some more perspective, but this is the better of the two books for people seeking investing lessons.
This books is entertaining, and has good anecdotes from Buffett.
I found the explanations of some more complicated concepts quite straight forward to understand.
What I think could be improved:
Carol Loomis states at the beginning of the book that they have edited out parts of the book from her earlier work/reporting that are repetitive;
I didn't really find this to be the case as there are parts that seem to be repeated quite consistently (her relationship/friendship with Buffett and the fact her opinion isn't independent)
I think I could more easily skip these parts in a hard copy version of the book (rather than kindle version).
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