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From his office in Omaha, Nebraska, without even the benefit of a computer, Warren Buffett has racked up an investment record that far surpasses his counterparts on Wall Street—or anyone else in the world, for that matter. While traditionally stock exchanges have returned about 11 percent annually in the past half century, Buffett's investments have by nearly 29 percent a year, solidifying Buffett's conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, as the eighth-largest ...
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Overview


From his office in Omaha, Nebraska, without even the benefit of a computer, Warren Buffett has racked up an investment record that far surpasses his counterparts on Wall Street—or anyone else in the world, for that matter. While traditionally stock exchanges have returned about 11 percent annually in the past half century, Buffett's investments have by nearly 29 percent a year, solidifying Buffett's conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, as the eighth-largest business in the world and netting him $44 billion along the way.

Despite this tremendous success, “the Oracle of Omaha” remains modest. He acknowledges that he has a unique ability to evaluate businesses, but he doesn’t feel entitled to the vast wealth that ability has earned him. Instead, he likes to say that he was born at the right place and time. This humility in the face of proven talent and innumerable wealth is part of what makes Buffett universally popular—he is one of the world's wealthiest men and yet he is still personable and relatable.

For the first time, the most thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from Buffett are now compiled in a single book. The Oracle Speaks: Warren Buffett in His Own Words is a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of the Berkshire Hathaway chairman. Hundreds of Buffett's best quotes, comprising thoughts on investing, Wall Street, business, politics, taxes, and life lessons, will provide the most intimate and direct look into the mind of a modern business icon and give readers enough counsel to last a lifetime.

Media outlets, financial advisers, politicians, and Americans from Main Street to Wall Street hang on every word Buffett speaks, hoping to gain valuable insight into Buffett's investments and successes. There is possibly no greater stamp of approval in the business world than to have Buffett invest in a company, and few leaders in the course of history have commanded such universally agreed-upon respect. Even beyond his business savvy, Buffett is influential as a progressive thinker and active philanthropist, having pledged to give most of his money to charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as foundations run by his three children. It is this humility that consistently draws people to Buffett, and will draw people to The Oracle Speaks.

Most recently, inspired by Buffett's New York Times editorial in which he claimed he paid too little in taxes, President Barack Obama and Congress have named a series of tax reforms after Buffett. While the political implications have been controversial, Buffett has retained his reputation as an outspoken and successful business leader. The Oracle Speaks draws from decades of interviews, editorials, and annual shareholder reports, amassing the most complete outline of how Buffett believes a good business is run and a good life is led. It's advice that Buffett has successfully adhered to throughout his 80-plus years, and it is advice now available in the succinct, poignant, gift-friendly package of The Oracle Speaks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932841695
  • Publisher: Agate
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: In Their Own Words
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 428,554
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


David Andrews lives outside of Chicago.
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Table of Contents


Introduction

Chapter 1: Investing
Choosing Investments
The Mind of an Investor
Beating the Market
Long-term Investment
Sticking With a Stock
When to Buy
When Not to Buy
When to Sell
The Stock Market
Splitting Stocks
Uncertainty
Bonds
Commodities
Gold
Cash

Chapter 2: Wall Street and Speculation
Wall Street
Speculation
Bubbles
Leverage
Derivatives
Credit Default Swaps

Chapter 3: Businesses
Evaluating Businesses
See’s Candy
Coca-Cola
Hershey’s
The Daily Racing Form
The Walt Disney Company
The Internet
Textiles
Corporate Ethics

Chapter 4: Berkshire Hathaway
Making Decisions
Making Mistakes
Structuring Deals
Selling Businesses
Company Directors
CEO Compensation
Management

Chapter 5: U.S. Policies and Politics
America’s Future
Economic Forecasts
Global Trade
Creating Jobs
Inflation
The 2008 Financial Crisis
Lending after the Financial Crisis
The U.S. Budget and Trade Deficits
U.S. Politics
The Death of Osama Bin Laden
September 11, 2001
China
Barack Obama

Chapter 6: Wealth and Taxes
Wealth
Inheritance
Good Fortune
Taxes
The “Buffett Rule”

Chapter 7: Life Lessons
Family
Patience
Belief in Oneself
Working
Qualities for Success
Aging
Philanthropy
Giving to the Gates Foundation
A Fair Society
Milestones
Berkshire Hathaway Holdings
References

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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,
    Nathan Ives
    StrategyDriven Principal

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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