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Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

by Roger Lowenstein

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  gbasscpa | Jul 12, 2012 |
It's a great read. Amazing for an author who did not have direct access to the subject. I've read Snowball and realized now, how detailed Snowball is!! Events mentioned in passing here are described in such detail there. But there is more emphasis on Buffett's investment philosophy and how it weaved into his life, and less on his personal life. It could be because of the limited access he had. Only topic which is covered in more detail here is the EMT (Efficient Market Theory) and Buffet's disagreement and distaste with it. If you are not interested in a really detailed account of Buffett's life and don't care much about his personal life, this is the book. ( )
  sundaraz | Jan 9, 2010 |
38/2009. If all capitalists were like Warren Buffett, the U.S. would have a solid economy and the world would be a better place. This is a bit of a saint's life (and his wife, kids and friends also come off well), but it doesn't seem misplaced and Lowenstein does point up Buffett's later missteps. It also works as a history of U.S. investing (I am right now looking at one of those Andrew Tobias books from the '70s saying cans of tunafish have a better return than the stock market) and a narrative of how judgment turns to sentiment with age, how people get stuck in history and their own history. (BBN, July)
  athenasowl | Oct 24, 2009 |
Mr. Lowenstein does a fantastic job making the financial world understandable to people who aren't involved in it. This book did a great job as a biography. I found it a fascinating look into Mr. Buffets life. ( )
  shammann | Sep 15, 2008 |
I am not a big fan of biographies. They tend to be either praiseworthy to the point of idolatry, or else the written equivalent of a bucket of venom dumped on the subject’s head from a great height.

In Buffet: the Making of an American Capitalist, Lowenstein errs on the side of idolatry, but that’s forgivable since Buffet has become such a idol to independent investors everywhere. His achievements speak for themselves, but what of the man behind the investment genius?

...http://icantstopreading.blogspot.com/2007/11/buffet-portrait-of-american-capitalist.html ( )
  lorelorn_2007 | Oct 22, 2007 |
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Introduction: In the annals of investing, Warren Buffett stands alone.
Chapter One: 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.
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Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the 20th century -- an astounding net worth of $10 billion and counting. That awesome record has made him a cult figure.

This illuminating biography reveals a man whose conscientiousness, integrity, and good humor exist alongside an odd emotional isolation. Buffett also masterfully traces his life: his enormously successful partnership; his early, inspired investments in American Express and Geico; his companionship and investment with Katharine Graham of the Washington Post; his role in the Capital Cities purchase of ABC; his unique relationship with his wife and mistress; and his rescue of the scandal-ridden Salomon Brothers.

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Chronicles Warren Buffett's childhood ambitions, Columbia Business School education, investment strategies, early investments, and affiliation with American Express, Berkshire Hathaway, and ABC.

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