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"This authoritative biography should prove addictive fare for legions of stock-market aficionados."
—Ron Chernow, author of The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

"A brilliant biography studded with insights into the philosophy of Warren Buffett, a wizard at investing and a very complicated fellow."
—Dick Victory, The Washingtonian

"Roger Lowenstein's Buffett is more than a biography; it's a real slice of Americana." - Adam Smith, author of The Money Game

"Lowenstein's excellent...biography... burnishes the Buffett myth while deconstructing it with heavy doses of reality." - Barron's

"Anyone who reads this will walk away from the experience with a much richer sense of who Warren Buffett is and what makes him a great investor, perhaps enhancing their own investment returns as well... one heck of a good book."
- The Motley Fool

As much a history of investing in the latter half of the 20th centurt as it is a penetrating look at buffett... splendid." -

"The bonus of this fine, fine biography is that it could turn you into an investor if you're not one already, or a better one if you are." - Andrew Tobias, author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need



By picking the right stocks and businesses to invest in, plainspoken Nebraskan Warren Buffett became the richest man in the U.S. In this excellent biography, Wall Street Journal reporter Lowenstein details the billionaire stock market wizard's strategy of betting on the long-term growth of a handful of successful companies such as American Express and Berkshire Hathaway. Providing personal glimpses of a very private man, Lowenstein unearths childhood traumas such as the tormenting rages of Buffett's mother and his forced relocation to Washington, D.C.... Lowenstein profiles an emotionally guarded, ``strangely stunted'' Midas obsessed with work and secrecy, who seemingly derives little pleasure from his fabulous wealth. 


Buffett  is a landmark portrait of a uniquely American life--a portrait that offers an enthralling, precisely documented, full-fleshed characterization of an American icon. It is a work that should be required reading in every business curriculum, for it relates directly to the current and future interests of individual and corporate investors throughout America.