Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012

Tap Dancing to Work Warren Buffett on Practically Everything Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front row seat for it all When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little known Omaha hedge fund

  • Title: Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012
  • Author: Carol J. Loomis
  • ISBN: 9781591845737
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front row seat for it all When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world s greatest investor nor that she and Buffett would quickly becoWarren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front row seat for it all When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world s greatest investor nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends As Buf fett s fortune and reputation grew over time, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writ ing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments and also his occa sional mistakes Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself Loomis has provided commentary about each major arti cle that supplies context and her own informed point of view Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett s investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and even parenting Some of the highlights include The 1966 A W Jones story in which Fortune first mentioned Buffett The first piece Buffett wrote for the magazine, 1977 s How Inf lation Swindles the Equity Investor Andrew Tobias s 1983 article Letters from Chairman Buffett, the first review of his Berk shire Hathaway shareholder letters Buffett s stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, Avoiding a Mega Catastrophe His unconventional thoughts on inheritance and philanthropy, including his intention to leave his kids enough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing Bill Gates s 1996 article describing his early impressions of Buffett as they struck up their close friendship Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this work s combination of trust between two friends, the writer s deep under standing of Buffett s world, and a very long term perspective.

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    1. A panoply of Fortune articles, excerpts of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters, and Buffett's speeches, this book strives to depict Warren Buffett as a man and a businessman. It falls short on both fronts. Except for the impressiveness of the chronological compendium of Warren Buffett-isms, the book suffers most from its lack of focus and a coherent, unified thesis that the editor, Carol Loomis, somehow chose to omit. The book reads as though Loomis never really thought hard [...]

    2. I liked this book overall, but it really wasn't what I expected. Lured by the subtitle "Warren Buffet on Practically Everything," I was expecting a book in which Buffet brought his keen intellect and concise thinking to all sorts of subjects. But the book is primarily about the world of investing, and gets rather technical at points. Still, there is plenty for a layman like myself to enjoy, and I learned a ton, namely that most investing is something to be left to the professionals, and even the [...]

    3. "Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book""Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable-- and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat for it all.When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn't dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world's greatest investor--nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends. As Buffett's fortu [...]

    4. This is a hard book to review. First you have to decide whether to review the factual content, the man or the writing. A crude average of all the parameters will tell you that I liked the book. For sure, I have had to struggle with my financial illiteracy during certain sections but I also feel like the book rubbed off some knowledge on me. And there is of course knowledge to gain when reading a description on one of the worlds most prominent capitalists- we do, whether you like it or not, live [...]

    5. I recently watched the documentary of Warren Buffet on HBO and highly recommend it. This book covers much of the same ground. I think everyone can benefit by learning from the greatest investor of our time. And his sense of humor is terrific too!

    6. I originally picked out this book because I like reading biographies on inspirational people, and Warren Buffett just made an impression on me when it said he donated 37 billion dollar to charityThe thing that most impressed me in this book is that it showed everything from Warren Buffet's life including the part on how he built his business empire. He made Berkshire Hathaway into something that is incredible. It showed that he didn't just have success, he also had tremendous failures but he cli [...]

    7. An excellent and surprising book - much more a trove of stories about the humble, generous, and delightful man than a book about investing, but you certainly learn a thing or two along the way, as well as gain a deep sense of respect for the Oracle of Omaha. It helps that the author is his long-time friend and journalist Carol Loomis; she approaches the story from the human perspective rather than a fawning catalogue of his amazing successes. Still, I finished the book feeling less clever and kn [...]

    8. I picked this book because I am actually inspired by Warren Buffett. Specially when he donated 37 billion dollars. This book did not disappoint me in any way. Ask me about Warren Buffet, i’d recommend 2 books The Warren Buffett’s way and then Tap dancing to work! This book sums up Warren Buffet’s life on how he built his business empire. An excellent and great resource which gives a deep sense of respect for the man himself.This is not a biography of Warren Buffett,This book is actually a [...]

    9. Everyone loves Buffett, there is something intriguing about him. I love the wisdom of Warren Buffett and was really looking forward to this book, however it is nothing but tidbits and random bits and pieces of articles written about him (and a few by him) over the last 46 years - organized in chronological order of appearance. I thought I would read more about why Buffett is 'Tap Dancing to Work' but this book is without any real theme or greater meaning to it. So at times the book didn't hang t [...]

    10. You know how you have an annual report from your 401K sitting around and you find yourself browsing through it when munching on a bowl of cereal? Somehow, someone thought that publishing those articles in the annual reports and Fortune Magazine written by or about Warren Buffet would be a good idea. I definitely disagree, the only marginally interesting parts were the glimpses of his personal life (hey, did you know his birthday is the day before mine?), and there aren't nearly enough to make th [...]

    11. This is a compilation of Fortune magazine articles. It has some nice golden nuggets in some of the articles, but you won't feel the need to read it cover to cover. It's an interesting read, although I'm not sure that it's the best place to start if you're looking to learn about Warren Buffett. After reading this, I will be reading Security Analysis and anything else written by Benjamin Graham.

    12. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012 by Carol J. Loomis is a biography of the legendary investor Warren Buffett. This book contains articles written about Warren Buffett and written by Warren Buffett. The book talks about the struggles of the being an investor and other off topics struggles like how much money he should leave to his kids. He goes into some of his personal/childhood life fo [...]

    13. How to invest, run a business and reason with othersA great recollection of the values and principles of Buffet, all in one book. Key TakeawaysOn Buying a Business: We prefer large, simple businesses (if they use a lot of technology we won’t understand it), consistent earning power, little debt, management in place (we can't supply it) and an offering price (we don't want to waste time). We will not engage in unfriendly transactions. We can promise complete confidentiality and are able to resp [...]

    14. Money management skills will increase, decent read. It can be dry to some and repetitive , but general financial intellect will improve. I would recommend anyone who wants to be better money managers in their simple day to day life to pick this book up. You may not be a genius at stocks and debentures but this will instill a sense of discipline when it comes to money. So in the words of warren buffet it's a win win. You learn patterns and thinking's of the sage of Omaha. I don't invest or look i [...]

    15. Rather than investment advice, I regard it as "rationality" at play. Have immense respect for Buffett for his ability to not invest in 11/61 years (5 years in the last 10 years). If you have a company generating a cash of 5 billion, that is a very tough thing to do.

    16. It's a very good collection of articles, which was well collected and arranged. I also find the articles written by Buffett himself, to be exceptionally rationally and logically written, which I enjoy thoroughly. I would not recommend the book if you're new to Buffett though.

    17. This is not a biography. It is a collection of articles from Fortune magazine about Warren Buffett. It gives you an unique perspective about our hero because everything was written at a specific time and now we have the benefit of looking back and see how right he was most of the time.

    18. This is a great primer for anyone looking to get exposure to Buffett's wisdom. It is a collection of every Fortune story written about (and by) Warren Buffett. It offers a great bird's eye view of Buffett's thought consistency and his reflections on the last 50 years of the world's economy.

    19. Good read, but there is something missing I like the short articles and the examples from WB, I just missed the connections. I didn’t get the story. It could be me and me alone!

    20. I loved this book. There are many books on Buffett, and I'm sure each one contains some valuable nuggets from the legendary investor. However, even people who have read other Buffett books would find this book useful.Why do I think the book is great? Well, one obvious reason is that it conveys Buffett's investment and management principles in plain language and in relatively short essays.This is not all of course. As the title makes it clear, not all essays are about Buffett's investment philoso [...]

    21. HE WAKES UP EVERY MORNING AND GOES TO WORK TO HAVE FUN. IT IS NOT WORK. HE IS WITH PEOPLE HE LIKES, SO HE ISNT STRESSED OUT.We chose our style of operation to fit our natures, which demanded that plenty of time be spent thinking and learning, while engaging in lifelong self-criticism, light contrition for every error and much humour.Sometimes its much easier in transforming events to figure out the losers.Under Buffett Pship partners kept all gains up to 6%, above which WB took 25%.Yardsticks se [...]

    22. This was a very interesting book. Not only is it a perspective on Buffett over 35 years but also a history of investing in the US stock market. It is a collection of articles and pieces of articles published by Fortune magazine, largely by the author, but also by other Fortune writers and several by Buffett himself. That gives the book a variety of writing styles that adds to its readability. Most of the items are short and easy to read. The more difficult reads are the articles by Buffett himse [...]

    23. A few people have mistaken this book for Warren Buffett's biography, all I can say to them is to please choose your books carefully. This is not a biography but a selection of articles from Fortune magazine and some excerpts of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters and his speeches. It also touches upon topics such as investment principles, philanthropy, work ethics and management decisions. This book can only be useful if you know the background stories behind those articles. [...]

    24. Tap Dancing to Work chronicles the life and investment career of the brilliant Warren Buffet, primarily through the many Fortune magazine articles written about him since 1966. The author, Carol Loomis, a senior editor at Fortune has had unique access to Warren Buffet as a friend and editor of Mr. Buffet's annual stockholder letters. This relationship gives the book a personal touch. Be prepared, however. The book is long and 100% Buffet. If you are not highly interested in the man.you may find [...]

    25. I've read countless Warren Buffett books and I found nothing in this book that was new or that was deserving of publication. It was simply a collection of quotes, articles, etc. from Buffett and then analysis without order. I found nothing that I can not obtain from the internet. Now, I am not trying to discount the work on the author, but perhaps I was expecting more or a different topic. I didn't find too much on the strategies that led to his success. I read this book right before another (be [...]

    26. Many great ideas in this book from the creator of Berkshire-Hathaway investments.It includes the best articles by and about Buffett in Fortune magazine, with fresh insights into his investment strategy.Bill Gates, in his 1996 article, describes his early impressions of Buffett as they formed a deep friendship. At age 11, Gates made his first stock purchase through Buffett!"You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because some day a fool will."Gates on Buffett: "I have never met [...]

    27. I was skeptical of this book at first. A book composed of a bunch of Fortune magazine articles? Sounded like a lazy way to write a book to me. Two things saved it. 1) Carol Loomis did a nice job writing an introduction to each article, providing context and any noteworthy updates. 2) It was interesting to read about the events from articles in that time period with the benefit of knowing what had happened since.It's probably not the best book on Warren Buffett but it is nicely adopted to my maga [...]

    28. I was skeptical that a rehash of a bunch of old Fortune articles would be interesting (especially having read the excellent Buffett bio The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life a few years back). But this was a great read - Carol Loomis adds insightful color and updates at the beginning of each piece and that ties everything together nicely. The articles are well written and give a really great view of the consistency of Buffett's views and approach over time. Great read for Buffett [...]

    29. Big fan of anything Warren Buffett related. This book wasn't what I anticipated however all in all a great read. My assumptions going into the book was a typical biography with a chronicled path of his life however what I got were articles chronicling Mr. Buffett's business life. The book started slow, taking into consideration that I wasn't read for the article style bio. However, once I got passed the first 25 pages or so it became much more intriguing. I enjoyed it and I'm sure if you are loo [...]

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