THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CAPITALIST
The classic biography of America's most successful investor.
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. The richly reported, landmark portrait of Warren Buffett's uniquely American life, updated by the author.
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 now in the tens of billions of dollars (and counting). His nonpareil 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, and a brilliant dealmaker whose homespun aura and commonsensical approach has won him as many disciples on Main Street as on Wall Street.
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 undervalued companies and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces--and sometimes forever--and shows how his business style is a reflection of his inner self.
"A delightful portrait . . . Mr. Lowenstein has done a masterly job."
- The New York Times Book Review
"Lowenstein has accomplished something remarkable."
- Los Angeles Times
"A significant contribution to the craft of biography as well as an illuminating and comforting story for investors everywhere."
- Chicago Tribune
"The singular achievement of Lowenstein's excellent biography... is that it burnishes the Buffett myth while deconstructing it with heavy doses of reality."
"Lively, smoothly written, and elaborately researched, Buffett is likely to stand as the definitive biography."
"Thoroughly researched and perceptive . . . a highly readable account."
- Financial Times