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An American Epic
am 26. Mai 2011
Warren Buffett is bigger than life, and this page turner is bigger than literature. It's the kind of fiction only life can write; a Balzacian 'comedy humane', only with life itself as an author. Everybody who is into investing admires the lord of the stock market for his genuine contribution to security analysis and value investing. The others marvel at his wit and charms. No other investor in history has ever been as popular. Buffett has even had a career as a cartoon hero. As a comforting papa figure, he tells the struggling little investor: 'If I can do it, you can do it!'
We learn that as a hunk Buffett has been clumsy, hurt by his mother and socially gawky. Carnegie''s classic ''How to Make Friends and Influence People'' became a source of inspiration for him end helped him to deal with others.
Strangely enough, Schroeder does not dwell on Buffett's birth circumstances, rather begins the biographical account with the hero aged three. Perhaps I have accidentally skipped a chapter, but as far as I remember, she also doesn't tell us something about Buffett's confessional background; this however would be crucial for the understanding of his personality and investing strategies.
What I miss about the book as well is a time table of Buffett's life. It has, however, quite a good index, which can serve as a useful tool if one employs the book as a kind of reference.
Never invest in a business you don't understand!