epic, humble, insightful...,
This review is from: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Paperback)
yes, this book is large. no, it's not as adventurous as "shantaram" (another rather large life story - highly recommended); it details warren buffet's life story. for anyone who is interested in investing - warren buffet is the hero, better returns than s&p 500 for many decades, entirely self made, tries to avoid risk, is very down to earth and as tight as a ducks behind...
the book's style is very humble. it doesn't paint warren as entirely maverick - just as a boy/man who is passionate about business, passionate about finding value and passionate about having possibly the worst diet i have ever heard of (seriously, this guy eats dreadful food; 2 litres of cherry coke per day, tons of sears candies, peanut brittle, steaks, burgers, cheese on his burgers and not a veggie in sight...).
the book tells warrens journey from a young lad who found a love of business, his relationship with his republican father, his awful relationship with his mum; which is very sad, his various business adventures, how he found value investing, his relationships along the way - both in business and personal... i think you get the drift. it also tells the heartache of the breakup with his first wife, failed business relationships, the disaster which was salomon brothers etc., but also the wonderful investments he has made along the way; to people and companies, and his love of helping others who werent as blessed as himself...
this isnt a book which will teach you how to invest like warren, but it does make reference to his investment approach. what i really enjoyed about the book was that it doesnt paint warren as a god; it details his failures as well. overrall he is a nice guy and i feel that he is a better role model than certain celebrities and current politicians...