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

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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 becom ...more
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Published November 21st 2012 by Portfolio (first published November 21st 2011)
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Jan 19, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Harold Cameron
Dec 15, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 04, 2013 Larry rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Santhosh rated it it was amazing
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Andrew Ye
Oct 07, 2014 Andrew Ye rated it it was amazing
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 charity

The 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
Sep 22, 2013 Sumit rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Mimi rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, read-2016
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 ...more
Jenny Baker
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.
Shweta Nigam
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
Mar 06, 2016 Mehmet rated it it was amazing
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
Terry Koressel
Apr 16, 2014 Terry Koressel rated it really liked it
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 may fi ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Milan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
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. ...more
Rob Olson
Apr 15, 2014 Rob Olson rated it really liked it
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
James Loftus
Feb 28, 2014 James Loftus rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bob Ryan
Mar 27, 2016 Bob Ryan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rajual T.
Feb 21, 2013 Rajual T. rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mike Adeleke
Jul 10, 2016 Mike Adeleke rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent biography of Warren Buffett highlighting his best quips, speeches, views, and overall philosophy of life and money. Unlike some other books about Buffett that tend to be over-emotional or don't concentrate on the specifics of his storied career this book doesn't lose sight of this and goes deep with Buffett as it is written by a friend he has had for over 30 years. A great book and a truly incredible man.
Clement Ting
May 09, 2015 Clement Ting rated it liked it
This book is actually a compiliation or articles mostly written by Carol J. Loomis (or CJ for short), Buffett, Bill Gates and a few other writers . It touches on topics such as investment principles, Buffett's life challenges, achievements, work ethics, philanthropy, comments on managements and everything else under the sky that is Buffett related. A good introduction (summary) for those that would like to know more about the man.
Truth: I didn't read every word, I skimmed it. Loved the title. Lots and lots of money. Most people don't have the luxury of working w/ only people you really, really like. So, some of the advice doesn't apply. It was a little sad to read that the amount of money his son makes from one of their companies depends on how much that son weighs, in order to help him keep his weight down.
John Orman
Feb 08, 2014 John Orman rated it it was amazing
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
Konstanty Pawlowski
Apr 20, 2015 Konstanty Pawlowski rated it liked it
It's a good book to read more and learn more about Warren Buffett, but you don't get the book form his first hand experience. This book is haut a compilation of news and journalism articles about him that make up every chapter. It was a little bit of a disappointment but you can still learn a lot.
Nov 01, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it
Very interesting book about Warren Buffet and particularly enjoyed the connection with Bill Gates of Microsoft. Two very intelligent men, they are good friend, and both very personable and interesting.
Michael Carson
Sep 05, 2015 Michael Carson rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book that discusses so many topics, including Buffet's investment strategy and performance, his views on dynastic wealth, giving, societal issues, and politics. Great read, especially for Buffett fans.
Dec 01, 2014 Vladimir rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Поредица статии за Бъфет, публикувани в списание "Форчън"
Надявах се на по-задълбочен текст, а не на този журналистически стил
Някои интересни факти и гледни точки
Jack Barraclough
Jul 30, 2014 Jack Barraclough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finance
An absolutely fantastic book chronicling Buffett's business career from 1966 until 2012. Buffett's unique sense of humor and financial wisdom makes this a must read.
Jon Ip
Dec 19, 2015 Jon Ip rated it liked it
This book is an eclectic gathering of articles written by or about Buffett. Some were interesting, some were not. I'd only recommend this book to super fans.
May 03, 2015 Topher rated it it was amazing
A collection of articles by, about, or otherwise involving Warren Buffett. Definitely part of my economics / finance reading kick of the moment.
John Delgado
Jan 31, 2016 John Delgado rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Subrotho Bagchi
Dec 13, 2015 Subrotho Bagchi is currently reading it
On a short journey with WB. Lets see what Carol J.Looms got in this one.
Believe its worth reading.
Mar 03, 2015 Pablo rated it really liked it
A great read for both those that are initiated in finance and, especially, those that are not
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Carol Junge Loomis is an American financial journalist, who retired in 2014 as senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine.

Loomis had the longest tenure of any employee in Fortune magazine's history, having joined the staff in 1954 as a research associate and retired on July 1, 2014. In 1966, she coined the term "hedge fund".

She is the pro bono editor of Warren Buffet's annual letters to shareholde
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