Author Topic: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder  (Read 5696 times)

pohick

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2009, 08:24:02 PM »
having read the book, i don't see any "disharmony"

rather, WEB having made himself available for the book, is less so, now that the book is done.  after all, he plucked her from smith barney, on the strength of her insurance writing. 

what would he have to do, sing a song with her at the AM?

(this personal stuff is amusing, but there ain't no there there.)


MartinWhitman

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2009, 01:54:56 AM »
After having finished the book I was very surprised Warren obviously seems to have problems telling people disappointing news, take the story with Allen Greenberg of the Buffett foundation whom Buffett only could indirectly say that the bulk of his wealth will go to Gates Foundation instead. Like zarley said earlier, nobody is perfect and even Warren has some deficits.

Whatever, if you put that into context on how he handles the things with Alice Schroeder (cancelling a meeting that took place regularly without further notice) I am pretty sure that Buffett is very disappointed with some aspects of the book and this is his form of saying it to AS.

JAllen

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2009, 08:24:59 AM »
He told her to use the un-flattering view if there were two version of the same story and his was more flattering. 

I can't imagine him getting hugely bent out of shape unless she didn't follow some specific request or misconstrued something.  He just doesn't get bent out of shape very often it seems.

Didn't I read somewhere that it was out of her portrayal of Susie?

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2009, 08:49:48 AM »
If reports are correct, Buffett read the book before publication.  It stands to reason that whatever has changed, and change need not be only for disharmonious reasons, is a result of something secondary to the contents of the book. 

We all have opinions.  I'm of the opinion that Alice was a bit over the top in promotions afterwards.  That she was talking a bit as if she was Buffett.  This would be fine if her comments were accurate with Buffett's true thoughts.  She went off the reservation a little bit and would only seem logical not to further advocate for that. 

A good example of her most recent rants is that of Buffett never advocating for dollar cost averaging.  Fact is, he has recommended people do that.  As an aside and what's interesting, he has been selective of when he does advocate for it.  If I'm correct, he wasn't as forceful in his comments when markets where on a tear, but becomes more talkative about it when markets have been declining.  Either way, he has suggested the average person should dollar cost average into a broad based index fund, and Alice has said he never has.  There are more examples like this that has been coming out of her mouth over the past few months that at some point I think Warren says, "no mas."

Or, he just decided to move on.  Simple as that.  I don't think it has to do with the contents of the book.

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Jack River

MartinWhitman

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Re: "Disharmonies" between WEB and Alice Schroeder
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2009, 09:38:00 AM »
Your theory makes a lot of sense, Jack.