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Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Omaha: A Hedge Fund Manager's Dispatches from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

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They come to Omaha by the tens of thousands, flocking to an annual meeting that has become legendary for investors, businesspeople, and fans of one of the most savvy capitalists on the planet. They come to eat steak, buy furniture at a discount, and bask in the brilliance of value investor extraordinaire, Warren Buffet.

Hedge fund founder, financial blogger, and professiona
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by McGraw-Hill Professional (first published 2008)
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Jul 29, 2009 E rated it it was amazing
Insightful report on Buffett’s annual meeting

Hedge fund expert Jeff Matthews is one of the “Omaha pilgrims” who can’t wait to attend Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting each May. He sees Berkshire Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett as “John, Paul, George and Ringo, all rolled into one.” Buffett and his partner, Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, give everyone a good time at the “Warren and Charlie Show.” Usually the opener is a cartoon depicting the two men in some goofy escapade. Buffett p
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Kay Elizabeth
Feb 17, 2010 Kay Elizabeth rated it liked it
To most people, suggesting they read a book that is even remotely related to investing would send them running screaming from the room. Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha: A Hedge Fund Manager’s Dispatches from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting by Jeff Matthews (McGraw-Hill) is about to change all that and unlike many books, is exactly what the title promises it to be.

The book chronicles the author’s trips to two successive annual meetings of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in Omaha
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Anandh Sundar
Sep 25, 2011 Anandh Sundar rated it it was amazing
Unlike the other books which mostly idolize Buffet and rehash his investor letters, this book by Jeff Matthews gives his commentary on the AGMs with his incisive views. As a hedge fund manager, he's quite sceptical and this shows through in his insights on
***Why did some Berkshire companies resist change, sacrifice growth for giving dividends & show better track record after their owner manager left?
***With very few Berkshire related questions, is the annual AGM turning into an irrelevant lo
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Jb
Feb 08, 2016 Jb added it
If already following Buffett, skip this for content as most of it is already written. Read it to find how Buffett handles the AGM, which is Dale-Carnegie in action!
Sue
May 02, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Having just completed my very first pilgrimage (but not last) to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, this book was the perfect complement to the experience. The book is well written and is the next best thing for Buffett/Berkshire admirers who cannot make the trip themselves though I agree with Mr. Matthews when he says one cannot truly understand the man or his company without experiencing the meeting in person.
Joe
Jun 24, 2009 Joe rated it liked it
As a self ascribed Buffetologist, I didn't find this book all that insightful; while it did provide a better account of the annual Berkshire Q&A sessions, that is about all that was covered. A fair assessment would be to say that this book would be best for new investors of Berkshire, but not for those that actually know much about the company and its investment philosophy.
Oskar
Oct 31, 2011 Oskar rated it really liked it
An interesting look about BRK's annual shareholder meetings and how the dynamic between Buffet and Charlie is laid out concisely. I'd give it a five star if only the author doesn't imply that Buffet is not a progressive thinker as there's only less than 1% of African-American in the meeting. How is that even related?
Tropean
May 03, 2010 Tropean rated it really liked it

The author is the proprietor of the excellent financial blog titled Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up, and this book is an excellent overview of Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, and the environment from which both sprang. Recommended.
Lucas Remmerswaal
Sep 05, 2011 Lucas Remmerswaal rated it it was amazing
I first read the book and then I made the pilgrimage myself, I found it thoroughly enjoyable and easy to read and well written book.
Marilu Faber
Jun 23, 2009 Marilu Faber rated it liked it
A good account of the Berkshire AGM. I will read Snowball for a more thorough account of why Buffett is the way he is.
Matthew
Jul 25, 2010 Matthew rated it liked it
A breezy, clever and fairly insightful read. Nothing too deep and some good observations nestled within.
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