Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

by Roger Lowenstein


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Since its hardcover publication in August of 1995, Buffett has appeared on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Newsday and Business Week bestseller lists.

Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the twentieth century—an astounding net worth of $10 billion, and counting. His awesome investment record has made him a cult figure popularly known for his seeming contradictions: a billionaire who has a modest lifestyle, a phenomenally successful investor who eschews the revolving-door trading of modern Wall Street, a brilliant dealmaker who cultivates a homespun aura.

Journalist Roger Lowenstein draws on three years of unprecedented access to Buffett’s family, friends, and colleagues to provide the first definitive, inside account of the life and career of this American original. Buffett explains Buffett’s investment strategy—a long-term philosophy grounded in buying stock in companies that are undervalued on the market and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces—and shows how it is a reflection of his inner self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385484916
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Pages: 475
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.19(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Roger Lowenstein, author of the bestselling Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, reported for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade, and wrote the Journal's stock market column, Heard on the Street, from 1989 to 1991 and the Intrinsic Value column from 1995 to 1997. He now writes a column in Smart Money magazine, and has written for the New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. Lowenstein has three children and lives in Westfield, New Jersey.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book not only recalls the facinating life of one of america's most successful investors, it also changed the way I think about investing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite biographies. Entertaining and informative. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent insight into the worlds single greatest investor. It tracks his life from day one, all every event since then. It is the most intriuging biography I have ever Read. Being a Nebraska Native, there are many stories people have about this great man, This book is the best source of some of the best stories of his life. It inspires people that are not investors to want to start, and those that are; to become better ones.
shammann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ElnEm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding and enlightening, this biography reveals the influences, trials, tribulations, and successes Mr. Buffett enjoyed and/or endured. His road has not been an easy one and I am not sure his focus and isolation would be enabled now as it was then by those surrounding him. Just reading about his experiences will affect my future investment decisions. Anybody who has an interest in the development of Buffett's career and in developing their investing skills should read this book. I would enjoy a new edition that continues into the 21st century.