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Posted April 9, 2013
The Oracle Speaks: Warren Buffett In His Own Words edited by Dav
The Oracle Speaks: Warren Buffett In His Own Words edited by David Andrews reveals the life and business philosophies of one of the world’s most successful businessmen in a way no other book can… directly from the words of Warren Buffett himself. David’s book systematically covers a wide range of topics from ‘Investing’ to ‘Businesses’ and ‘Wealth and Taxes’ to ‘Life Lessons.’
Throughout The Oracle Speaks, several predominate themes are revealed:
- Value people more than things
- Stay with what you know and can understand
- Focus on the big picture, the long-term rather than the immediate gratification of the here and now
I like The Oracle Speaks because it reveals the intimate thoughts and beliefs of a man who through his own intellect and hard work created one of the world’s most successful businesses. Readers will note that Warren Buffett’s assertions are commonly made from an investor’s frame of reference and do require some ‘translation’ to other situational applications. While I recognize that some may disagree with Warren Buffett’s approach to certain circumstances – and on occasion I do too – all can agree that he, more than many others, has had a profound impact on many of the largest, most revered companies.
I appreciated the layout of The Oracle Speaks, the organization of quotes around meaningful topic areas, the dating of each quote, and Warren Buffett’s life story timeline provided at the end of the book. I found that knowing the setting and circumstances of the Warren Buffet quotes provided insightful context from which to interpret them. As such, I recommend first-time readers review the ‘Milestones’ timeline presented at the end of the book first and refer to it often when reading individual quotes.
For it’s intimate portrayal of an American entrepreneurial icon, The Oracle Speaks is a StrategyDriven recommended read.
All the Best,
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