Author Topic: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder  (Read 5925 times)




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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009, 12:45:38 AM »
Warren really seems to be slightly annoyed... although he wanted to use Alice Schroeder to write down the "less flattering version" whenever there were two sides of the story.

After nearly having finished the book, I am a little disappointed not getting more information from the "business" point of view. The description of Buffett`s personal life was very interesting although I can understand that he is a bit pissed that this book is not as flattering as other biographies.

http://www.thestreet.com/print/story/10462206.html

"While Schroeder said she has not heard anything directly from Buffett about her book since its publication, she acknowledged others have told her Buffett was troubled by sections dealing with his personal life, notably the chapters on his first wife, Susan."


"We're not at war with each other, but he's distancing himself from me," Schroeder told the AP.

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009, 04:35:51 AM »
I thought the book was quite good.  I also thought that the descriptions of some of the earlier business transcations were the best yet - i.e. Dempster, Sanborn Map, the Rockwood Deal. 

The descriptions of Susan's life were fine.  Buffett needs to realize that we are all human and many will identify with his/her experiences rather than be critical.  I for one did not think any less of him or his family due to the book.  For someone so worried about his reputation I am surprised he gave up editiorial control in the first place.  He could have easily written up a contract with Alice asking her to leave some of the stuff out.  Basically, he got the type of biography that would have been written about him after he was dead, while he was still alive.  And all it shows is that he and his family are basically decent people. 
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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009, 05:47:21 AM »
I'm sure Alice could have been much less flattering, especially wrt to Susan.

After nearly having finished the book, I am a little disappointed not getting more information from the "business" point of view.

I do believe she is going to write another book that will focus solely on Buffett's investment style.

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009, 06:44:13 AM »
I've red some sections of the book, not all. I wasn't really interested to go as deep in Warren's personal life. However, in the chapters I've red, I don't remember to have found something shoking or something that has diminished my admiration to him. We're all humans.


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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009, 07:44:31 AM »
The descriptions of Susan's life were fine.  Buffett needs to realize that we are all human and many will identify with his/her experiences rather than be critical.  I for one did not think any less of him or his family due to the book.

I thought the portrayal in the book really humanized him.  I think a lot of people tend to think of Warren the investment god and stop there.  The personal parts of the book really show that he is an imperfect human being just like the rest of us.  I think Schroeder could have really done a hatchet job if she wanted to, but instead, portrayed his personal flaws in a mostly non-judgemental way.

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009, 09:59:37 AM »
A book by Alice Schroeder on Buffett's investment style would be very interesting.
The attraction of Snowball, pre-publication, for me, was Schroeder as author,
as the person who wrote that brokerage report on Berkshire about 9 years ago.
Snowball turned out not to be the investment oriented book I was anticipating,
but it's perfectly fine as a biography.

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2009, 02:08:39 PM »
Other parts of the book have inaccuracies or allude to things that are not true, beyond what the media has talked about (the part about Schroeder maybe detailing certain things too much).
Some people likely had unclear recollections that Schroeder tried to piece together (where she likely created errors).
But I'm sure the majority of it lies on the personal side, she seemed to use a ton of facts and data to support the early investments.
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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2009, 08:57:33 AM »
I'm of the opinion that it has nothing to do with the book or its contents.  Alice has been a little overwhelming of late though.  That would seem to me the most likely reason.
 
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