Buffett The Making Of An American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein is an interesting read which was very much ahead of it's time.
When first published in 1995, it was offering a profile that was very much required.
This one concept has literally changed the nature of investment and stock markets. It is a must buy/read book for any potentially serious investor.
It is to investment what Adam Smith and The Wealth Of Nations is to economics.
Buffett was in the news and within the investment world was a major star, but very little was known about him.
This biography helped to build his reputation further and get more of his background into the wider public domain.When carried out over many decades, these thoughts are like a library of knowledge. As ever, working through the publications discussed in these Warren Buffett book reviews will take time and effort. Buy a high-end scientific calculator - you'll find you need it to fully understand the math he does in his head!These are more like a job or retraining with a new education than relaxing evening reading. - and start to read around the topic of value investment. There can be no coincidence that The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham is both the most important book written about investment and the book that apparently sits constantly on Warren Buffett's desk.It is worth noting that at the time of publication, there were very few books about Buffett - these days it is practically an industry in itself.This means that his thinking is explained in much greater detail elsewhere in newer publications.In some ways, he is extraordinary and in others, very normal.As with everyone on earth, he has his little habits and preferences and many of these are explored - for example, his love of Cherry Coke.There was little known about his investment methods at the time and though this book does not explain his methodology in much depth, it did provide an insight.At the time, Buffett was well known for not divulging his secret.If you do not have a copy, you really must get one! As far as your author can tell, Janet Lowe has trawled the many annual reports, speaking arrangements and interviews given by Warren Buffett to find some of his many gems.For example:'If we are to have a 15% gain, we have to make 0 million (a year) before tax, or 0 million net, which is about a million a day - and I'm spending today here.'and'Charlie and I never have an opinion on the market because it wouldn't be any good and it might interfere with the opinions we have that are good.'To be clear, this book will not teach you to invest, but Warren Buffett Speaks by Janet Lowe is often funny, informative and profound.