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The Best Warren Buffett Books

Updated on March 19, 2009

As one of the richest men in the world, and by acclimation the most successful investor of modern times, Warren Buffett has been the subjects of many books, both biographical and investment-related.  Here are some of the best.

Biography

  1. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder - Schroeder had complete access to Buffett for countless hours of personal interviews, and she didn't put the effort to waste.  The Snowball is as complete a chronicle of Buffett's life and investment career as anyone is likely to write.  She details Warren Buffett's early entrepreneurial career, his difficult relationship with a verbally abusive mother, his personal relationships, and, of course, gives a step by step account of his investment moves.
  2. Buffett, the Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lownstein.  Less comprehensive than The Snowball, but more literary and insightful when it comes to analysis.  Buffett was reportedly upset by this biography, but it's hard to see why since it's much less detailed about his personal life than the Snowball.

Investments

  1. The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor by Robert G. Hagstrom.  By acclimation, the best book written about Warren Buffett's investment philosophy, and techniques.  Details Buffett's focus on brand strength, return on invested capital, and margin of safety.  If you buy only one Buffett investment book, this should be the one.
  2. The Four Filters Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger by Bud Labitan.  Focuses on the investment principles of Warren Buffet and his longtime friend and partner Charles Munger.  One of the newer books on Buffett, and one of the better ones.
  3. The Real Warrenn Buffett:  Managing Capital, Leading People by James O'Loughlin.  One of the few books that tries to give insight into Buffett the businessman as well as Buffett the investor.  Buffett's business skill are highly underrated.
  4. Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The Worlds Greatest Investor by Mary Buffett and David Clark. Mary Buffett is Warren's former daughter-in-law and has made a career out of writing about him. Nevertheless, this is a fine book and worth reading for its insights into the man and his philosophy.

Other Warren Buffett Books

  1. Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Omaha: a Hedge Fund Manager's Dispatches from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.  Jeff Mathews of jeffmatthewsisnotmakingthisup.blogspot.com wrote this book about a trip he took to Berkshire's Annual Meeting, the so-called Woodstock for Capitalists.  No great insights, but entertainingly written.
  2. The Essays of Warren Buffet - Lessons for Corporate America.  Buffet's letters to shareholders, collected and annotated by Laurence A. Cunningham.  You can find most of this information for free at Berkshire's website.


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      buffettwhisperer 

      5 years ago

      I strongly believe that studying Buffett's life and principles will make us more adept investors. I obsessively studied his life and investment style for many years and read every book I could lay my hands on in the process. This has made me somewhat of an expert on books written about Warren Buffett and I want to share my knowledge with you. If you are interested, kindly visit my recommendations on www.bestbuffettbooks.blogspot.com

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      Buffettwhisperer 

      5 years ago

      Well ... The essay's of Warren Buffett probably belong at the beginning of the list. Also, "Buffettology" ... I would definitely not add that book to this list! I strongly believe that studying Buffett's life and principles will make us more adept investors. I obsessively studied his life and investment style for many years and read every book I could lay my hands on in the process. This has made me somewhat of an expert on books written about Warren Buffett and I want to share my knowledge with you. If you are interested, kindly visit my recommendations on http://www.bestbuffettbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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      jarlod neupane 

      6 years ago

      i am rally enthusiastic to know about warren buffet. his success history is the proponent for all those who see him as good invester.

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      DINESH KUMAR 

      6 years ago

      I AM FAN MR.WARREN BUFFET BECOUSE IN WEBSITE WARREN BUFFET YOU TUBE WE LEARNING WHOLE STOCK MARKET COURSE FREE OF COST WITH EXAMPLE,WITH RATIO,WITH VIDEOS AND ALSO SECRET FARMULA OF WARREN BUFFET SO MR. WARREN BUUFET IS WORLD GREAT INVESTER

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      DINESH KUMAR 

      6 years ago

      I AM FAN MR.WARREN BUFFET BECOUSE HE BEAT THE STOCK MARKET AND HE WRITEN GOOD BOOKS OF STOCK MARKET WE CAN READ EASLY & AND BY READING BOOKS WE HAVE GOOD GAUIDANCE IN STOCK MARKET

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      Budlab 

      6 years ago

      Moats : The Competitive Advantages of 70 Buffett and Munger Businesses is now available on Lulu.com in both hardcover and paperback here:

      http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/4filters

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      Famiii 

      8 years ago

      I read Hagstrom's book some years back, then later Mary Buffet's book. Both are excellent, and I think both cover Buffet's strategies, from slightly different perspectives. But the book that really helped me achieve a quantum improvement was Mark Tier's book 'The Winning Investment Habis of Warren Buffet and George Soros.'

      Tier's contribution has been to put Warren's strategies into the framework of six general (and 23 specific) areas that all successful investors (that he has studies) have competence in. He also puts Carl Icahan and John Templetons' strategies into the same framework.

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      Mitch King 

      9 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      These are excellent choices and should be required reading for those who are looking to make money in the business world.

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      prevajanje 

      9 years ago

      My personal favorite is definitely Buffettology. It is from the insiders to the family and one of the few who have the actual quantitative formulas Buffett is supposed to be using.

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      02SmithA 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      The term economic moat, coined by Buffett is a very important part of investing. These are all great books

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      JohnnyComeLately 

      9 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      veritas, you may well be right that we're entering a new era. However the hallmark of Buffett, Soros, and other successful investors is adaptability to new circumstances. Buffett started out as a Ben Graham style "cigar butt" investor, but Charlie Munger helped him become more focused on the quality of brand names and companies with competative "moats."

      I think Buffet made an analytical mistake in not being more skeptical of Wells Fargo and American Express and their roll in the unfolding credit bubble. He also was perhaps too loyal to Washington Post, which has a dying business model (35% capital gaines tax has something to do with this loyalty). However his patience and Berksire's liquidity should see him through the current economic troubles.

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago

      My point was that this may be a new frontier for both of these billionaires, one where they are not so brilliant. Only time will tell.

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      JohnnyComeLately 

      9 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      True, but there's still plenty left.

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago

      How about how I lost 25 billion dollars book.

      Buffet lost 25 billion and bill Gates lost 17 billion and his lower loss put him in first place.

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