Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012” as Want to Read:
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  599 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Portfolio (first published November 21st 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tap Dancing to Work, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tap Dancing to Work

Gulp by Mary RoachI Am Malala by Malala YousafzaiThe Psychopath Test by Jon RonsonSalt Sugar Fat by Michael MossZealot by Reza Aslan
The Colbert Report and The Daily Show
92nd out of 127 books — 135 voters
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa MohamedHula by Lisa   SheaDe tangozanger by Tomás Eloy MartínezDancing Through It by Jenifer RingerDisco For The Departed by Colin Cotterill
Types of Dance - Titles
21st out of 27 books — 4 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,867)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Andrew Ye
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
Harold Cameron
"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
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
Terry Koressel
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
Rob Olson
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
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
Rajual T.
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
Clement Ting
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.
David Jett
This is not a biography of Warren Buffett, which is what I thought. Had I looked at the cover a little closer, I would have seen that. What it is though is a collection of magazine articles (Fortune) about Warren Buffett over the course of like 45 years. It feels kind of biographical in nature, in that you get to follow Buffett, via magazine articles, over the course of his career from about age 25 up to 2012. However, coming from the source it did, there is the occasional technical jargon that ...more
John Orman
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
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.
Michael Carson
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.
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
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.
A collection of articles by, about, or otherwise involving Warren Buffett. Definitely part of my economics / finance reading kick of the moment.
A great read for both those that are initiated in finance and, especially, those that are not
Thudcharin Wongprayuk
Accumulate Warren Buffett's stories from Fortune magazine. It's good for investors.
Mohammad Ferandy
When you talk about passion, Warren Buffett is considered "lucky." He has understood his passion since he was eight. His years afterwards describes how he live his passion as a sacred thing. Tap Dancing to Work is a collection of published articles and writing about Warren Buffet life. With a wide span, from 1960s until 2012, we can see how his career and personal life grow. Tap Dancing to Work is a great alternative literature for us to understand about Warren Buffett, beside 2 of his biographi ...more
Mike Steinborn
While some of the financial material is beyond my comprehension (derivatives, etc.), I was glad to finally be able to read something about the famous Oracle of Omaha beyond what I've seen in the news. I found myself very impressed with his down-to-earth attitude, his common sense, his wisdom borne of bad as well as good experience, and his attitude towards wealth. Here's a man who determined early in life what he was good at and he has spent his life doing it. That's more than most of us can say ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Victor marked it as to-read
Warren Buffet bio
Odi Akhyarsi
No doubt, this 327 pages long Warren Buffett biography is one of the best books I ever read. The book is full of investing insights, life wisdom, and brilliant humors.

The other thing that makes this book so enjoyable is the stories of Buffett's friendships with Bill Gates, and also with Charlie Munger. For me, Charlie Munger for Warren Buffett is, more or less, like Sam Gamgee for Frodo in the LOTR.
Reading Fool
I saw Warren Buffett and Carol Loomis promoting this book on the Charlie Rose show and immediately got it. Although I'm in no way an expert in finance and investing, I found this book very interesting. I learned so much even though most of the writing was over my head. Buffett is definitely a man to be admired, not just for his investment success, but more important, for his intelligence, philanthropy, and generosity of time and knowledge.
Denise Caudell
I have always been a bit fasinated by Mr. Buffett. This book was actually quite good and it did not spend chapter after chapter explaining finances to the reader. Tap Dancing to Work Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012 by Carol J. Loomis
Investment and lifestyle advice...although he is so humble that you don't get this pushy and judgemental attitude in this collection of interviews or writings featuring Buffett. It is also a great illustration of how investment over the years has morphed into more of a divide between the "haves and have nots" and why the "haves" are fewer and more powerful than ever.
I'm just going to read 3 sections as recommended by one goodreads member:

"How Inflation Swindles the Equity Investor"
"Warren Buffett on the Stock Market"
"Why Stocks Beat Gold and Bonds" sum up his perspective nicely.
Clay Griffin
Look, I am a huge fan of Buffett and would read just about anything on him or Munger. I know Loomis has an incredible relationship with him and there are plenty of gems to pick out in this book but let's face it, this is just a repackaging of old Fortune articles. If you're looking for a better biographic picture read Lowenstein or Schroeder.
Sharon Crosby
Since it is based a great deal on reprinting columns by Carol Loomis, I didn't read every article in it. Read quite a bit at the start and most from 2000 on. It's very much about the business acumen of Buffett. Some interesting bits about his philsophy on wealth, on Charlie Munger's advice and his friendship with Bill Gates.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 95 96 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation
  • Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders
  • The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
  • Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization
  • The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
  • The New Buffettology: The Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets That Have Made Warren Buffett the World's Most Famous Investor
  • The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
  • Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger
  • Security Analysis: Principles and Technique
  • Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
  • Morgan: American Financier
  • A World-Class Education
  • High Output Management
  • One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?
  • The Money Game
  • Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
  • The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013 Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book

Share This Book

“Your company had a very good year in 1982. Some of it was due to luck; some of it was due to good planning and management. We hope you enjoy the numbers and the pictures.”)” 0 likes
“Once a bull market gets under way, and once you reach the point where everybody has made money no matter what system he or she followed, a crowd is attracted into the game that is responding not to interest rates and profits but simply to the fact that it seems a mistake to be out of stocks. In effect, these people superimpose an I-can’t-miss-the-party factor on top of the fundamental factors that drive the market. Like Pavlov’s dog, these “investors” learn that when the bell rings—in this case, the one that opens the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 A.M.—they get fed. Through this daily reinforcement, they become convinced that there is a God and that He wants them to get rich.” 0 likes
More quotes…