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"This quintessentially American tale about the ultimate self-made man--and in some ways the least changed... [Is] the definitive portrait of a complex man...Should become a Bible for capitalists."--"Washington Post"
"Mr. Buffett made a smart choice when he chose Alice Schroeder as his Boswell.... A writer able to keep pace with the wild swerves in the Buffett story and the intricacies of Mr. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway business empire. Ms. Schroeder is as insightful about her subject's precise anticipation of current financial crises as she is about his quirky personal story. And she is a clear explicator of fiscal issues."--"New York Times"
"The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis."--"Forbes
""Timing aside, Schroeder has written a surprisingly good book, 'surprisingly' because even with a surfeit of minutiae about Buffett's private life and one deal after another, she still writes with a deft touch and keeps the narrative moving. While she clearly has Buffett's blessing and cooperation, she manages to be blunt in her assessment of him.......he may not be the easiest person to know personally, but he has lived a life worth studying and in Schroeder has found someone uniquely able to tell his story."--"Los Angeles Times
""Schroeder, a former analyst, has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject...Now more than ever, Buffett's emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It's the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist."--"People," four stars
"There are lessons to be learned in Ms. Schroeder's 900+ pages... . [It] underscores the importance of learning from failures....Most tellingly: The next time Warren Buffett warns of a crisis, we'd all better listen."-"Wall Street Journal
""You will learn a lot about one of the nation's most compelling and important men from reading The Snowball."--"Boston Globe"

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"""The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis....A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe's wisest investor." -"Forbes
""Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way." The Snowball tells a fascinating story.""-New York Times"
"If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists." --"Washington Post
""Anyone who has been watching events unfold in recent months-which would be everyone-can now appreciate the wisdom of Buffett....The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.""-Los Angeles Times"
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""Even people who don't care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait... Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen." --"Time Magazine
""Schroeder... has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject...Now more than ever, Buffett's emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It's the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist."--"People," four stars
"Schroeder...is well equipped to elucidate Buffett's deals...[and] Buffett's life abounds with good stories."--"New Yorker
"
"You will learn a lot about one of the nation's most compelling and important men from reading The Snowball." --"Boston Globe"
"In The Snowball, novice biographer Alice Schroeder gives us one of the most detailed, candid life stories ever published...It is almost impossible to stop reading." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"A penetrating and personal look at the Oracle of Omaha...An astute, and at times riveting, read-especially now."--"BusinessWeek"
"Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the US, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past 50 years, making him one of the world's richest people. Alice Schroeder's massive authorized biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he's done it." --"Financial Times"
"In this startlingly frank account of Buffett's life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley-and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer-strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word's richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity." --"Publishers Weekly"
"This massive-and highly readable-text (produced with Buffett's full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections." --"Library Journal"
"For students of the Oracle of Omaha, or even those looking for a little reassurance during the crisis, Schroeder's book is a fascinating study of America's most successful investor." --"New York Post
.".". Alice Schroeder's accumulation of detail, her vivid, artless descriptions of people and places, and the resulting narrative fluidity make this a compelling book. It has the bouncing vitality of an early Sinclair Lewis novel..."--"Times Literary Supplement
"
"If you've looked at your 401(k) statement and started to fear that everyone in financial markets is either greedy, predatory or incompetent, do yourself a favor. Take $35 out of the mattress and buy a copy of Alice Schroeder's The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life."" At a time like this, it's a real comfort: Buffet is living proof there's at least one wholly rational person managing money...an excellent and highly enjoyable look at the business titan." --"Houston Chronicle"
"Ms. Schroeder does a good job of pulling...volunteered disclosures out of Mr. Buffett but her real contribution is her own investment expertise which enables her to make the convoluted financing schemes over the last 50 years understandable to lay readers and truly instructive to the business information junkie." --"Washington Times
"
"This is a fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn't someone we've known much about... We do now." --"Kansas City Star"
"This massive--and highly readable--text (produced with Buffett's full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections."--LibraryJournal.com
"Top-notch biographies demand thorough research and crisp, finely honed writing. Schroeder exhibits both.... It's hard to imagine a more complete account of Buffett's life had he written it himself."--"Buffalo News "
"Riveting and encyclopedic.... The overall power of the story carries "The Snowball" forward. There is much to be learned from it."--wsj.com
"[A] monumental biography ... Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer ... she deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway."--Forbes.com

" " The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis. A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe s wisest investor. "Forbes
" Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story. " New York Times"
If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists. "Washington Post
"Anyone who has been watching events unfold in recent months which would be everyone can now appreciate the wisdom of Buffett....The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time. " Los Angeles Times"
"
" Even people who don't care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen. "Time Magazine
""Schroeder... has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject...Now more than ever, Buffett's emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It's the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist." "People," four stars
Schroeder is well equipped to elucidate Buffett s deals [and] Buffett s life abounds with good stories. "New Yorker
"
You will learn a lot about one of the nation's most compelling and important men from reading The Snowball. "Boston Globe"
In The Snowball, novice biographer Alice Schroeder gives us one of the most detailed, candid life stories ever published It is almost impossible to stop reading. "Christian Science Monitor"
A penetrating and personal look at the Oracle of Omaha An astute, and at times riveting, read especially now. "BusinessWeek"
Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the US, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past 50 years, making him one of the world s richest people. Alice Schroeder s massive authorized biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he s done it. "Financial Times"
In this startlingly frank account of Buffett s life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word s richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity. "Publishers Weekly"
This massive and highly readable text (produced with Buffett s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections. "Library Journal"
For students of the Oracle of Omaha, or even those looking for a little reassurance during the crisis, Schroeder's book is a fascinating study of America's most successful investor. "New York Post
" Alice Schroeder s accumulation of detail, her vivid, artless descriptions of people and places, and the resulting narrative fluidity make this a compelling book. It has the bouncing vitality of an early Sinclair Lewis novel "Times Literary Supplement
"
If you've looked at your 401(k) statement and started to fear that everyone in financial markets is either greedy, predatory or incompetent, do yourself a favor. Take $35 out of the mattress and buy a copy of Alice Schroeder's The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life."" At a time like this, it's a real comfort: Buffet is living proof there's at least one wholly rational person managing money an excellent and highly enjoyable look at the business titan. "Houston Chronicle"
Ms. Schroeder does a good job of pulling volunteered disclosures out of Mr. Buffett but her real contribution is her own investment expertise which enables her to make the convoluted financing schemes over the last 50 years understandable to lay readers and truly instructive to the business information junkie. "Washington Times
"
This is a fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn t someone we ve known much about We do now. "Kansas City Star"
This massive and highly readable text (produced with Buffett s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections. LibraryJournal.com
"Top-notch biographies demand thorough research and crisp, finely honed writing. Schroeder exhibits both.... It's hard to imagine a more complete account of Buffett's life had he written it himself." "Buffalo News "
Riveting and encyclopedic.... The overall power of the story carries The Snowball forward. There is much to be learned from it. wsj.com
[A] monumental biography ... Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer ... she deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway. Forbes.com"

The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis. A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe s wisest investor. Forbes
Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story. New York Times
If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists. Washington Post

Anyone who has been watching events unfold in recent months which would be everyone can now appreciate the wisdom of Buffett....The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time. Los Angeles Times

Even people who don't care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen. Time Magazine
"Schroeder... has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject...Now more than ever, Buffett's emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It's the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist." People, four stars
Schroeder is well equipped to elucidate Buffett s deals [and] Buffett s life abounds with good stories. New Yorker

You will learn a lot about one of the nation's most compelling and important men from reading The Snowball. Boston Globe
In The Snowball, novice biographer Alice Schroeder gives us one of the most detailed, candid life stories ever published It is almost impossible to stop reading. Christian Science Monitor
A penetrating and personal look at the Oracle of Omaha An astute, and at times riveting, read especially now. BusinessWeek
Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the US, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past 50 years, making him one of the world s richest people. Alice Schroeder s massive authorized biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he s done it. Financial Times
In this startlingly frank account of Buffett s life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word s richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity. Publishers Weekly
This massive and highly readable text (produced with Buffett s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections. Library Journal
For students of the Oracle of Omaha, or even those looking for a little reassurance during the crisis, Schroeder's book is a fascinating study of America's most successful investor. New York Post
Alice Schroeder s accumulation of detail, her vivid, artless descriptions of people and places, and the resulting narrative fluidity make this a compelling book. It has the bouncing vitality of an early Sinclair Lewis novel Times Literary Supplement

If you've looked at your 401(k) statement and started to fear that everyone in financial markets is either greedy, predatory or incompetent, do yourself a favor. Take $35 out of the mattress and buy a copy of Alice Schroeder's The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. At a time like this, it's a real comfort: Buffet is living proof there's at least one wholly rational person managing money an excellent and highly enjoyable look at the business titan. Houston Chronicle
Ms. Schroeder does a good job of pulling volunteered disclosures out of Mr. Buffett but her real contribution is her own investment expertise which enables her to make the convoluted financing schemes over the last 50 years understandable to lay readers and truly instructive to the business information junkie. Washington Times

This is a fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn t someone we ve known much about We do now. Kansas City Star
This massive and highly readable text (produced with Buffett s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections. LibraryJournal.com
"Top-notch biographies demand thorough research and crisp, finely honed writing. Schroeder exhibits both.... It's hard to imagine a more complete account of Buffett's life had he written it himself." Buffalo News
Riveting and encyclopedic.... The overall power of the story carries The Snowball forward. There is much to be learned from it. wsj.com
[A] monumental biography ... Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer ... she deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway. Forbes.com" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alice Schroeder was a Wall Street analyst and a managing director at Morgan Stanley when she decided at Warren Buffett s suggestion to write full-time. A former CPA, she lives in Connecticut with her husband." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009MYD9F8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam; 1st edition (29 September 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9557 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 852 pages
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