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Snowball, Buffett's new biography

"The snowball just happens if you're in the right kind of snow, and that's what happened with me. I don't just mean compounding money either. It's in terms of understanding the world and what kinds of friends you accumulate. You get to select over time, and you've got to be the kind of person that the snow wants to attach itself to. You've got to be your own wet snow, in effect. You'd better be picking up snow as you go along, because you are not going to be getting back up to the top of the hill again. That's the way life works." -- Warren Buffett, on life


I haven't read it yet but for those that missed it, Alice Schroeder recently released a biography of Warren Buffett, Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. As the title implies, this book is supposed to be about Buffett's personal life rather than his investing. The Globe & Mail has a review of the book so check that out if you want to get a feel for the book. It looks like an interesting book for those interested in Buffett's personal life.

The classic book on Buffett is Roger Loweinstein's Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist. I highly recommend that book for any Buffett fans. Snowball seems to be in the same vein and I can't say how good it is until I read it.

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3 Response to Snowball, Buffett's new biography

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November 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Just finishing, a bit disappointed, she deals a great with his family and friends personal life and not enough on the factors affecting his investing decisions. The Lowenstien books is still the gold standard on Buffett but only goes up to about 1995.

November 22, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Thanks for the heads-up... your words suggest that it is worse than I thought it was... Guess I'll put this way down on my list of books to read ;)

November 23, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Im about half way. Feel the same way. You will definately get into more detail about his childhood and friends and family. Good info. Sometimes a lot of fluff but overall B. Lets not forget this is an autobiography not an investing book ;)

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