Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis
Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book

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Although a bit dry in places for general readers, Fortune subscribers and those interested in investing will enjoy this multifaceted, well-balanced compilation.
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Synopsis

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 fortune and reputation grew over time, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writ­ing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments—and also his occa­sional mistakes.

Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself. Loomis has provided commentary about each major arti­cle that supplies context and her own informed point of view. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett’s investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and even parenting. Some of the highlights include:

The 1966 A. W. Jones story in which Fortune first mentioned Buffett. The first piece Buffett wrote for the magazine, 1977’s “How Inf lation Swindles the Equity Investor.” Andrew Tobias’s 1983 article “Letters from Chairman Buffett,” the first review of his Berk­shire Hathaway shareholder letters. Buffett’s stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, “Avoiding a Mega-Catastrophe.” His unconventional thoughts on inheritance and philanthropy, including his intention to leave his kids “enough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.” Bill Gates’s 1996 article describing his early impressions of Buffett as they struck up their close friendship.

Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this work’s combination of trust between two friends, the writer’s deep under­standing of Buffett’s world, and a very long-term perspective.

 

About Carol J. Loomis

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CAROL J. LOOMIS is a senior editor at large at Fortune, where she has worked since 1954. She has written extensively on Warren Buffett since 1966 and has edited his annual letter to shareholders since 1977. Her many honors include a Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for business journalism and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. This is her first book. She lives in Westchester County, New York.
 
Published November 21, 2012 by Portfolio. 365 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 21 2012

Although a bit dry in places for general readers, Fortune subscribers and those interested in investing will enjoy this multifaceted, well-balanced compilation.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly. on Dec 10 2012

This fascinating collection presents a selection of articles about the financial mogul, many by Loomis and twelve12 by Buffett himself, published in Fortune Magazine...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Randy Cepuch on Jan 23 2013

...unless and until Buffett decides to write a book, it’s hard to imagine anyone better suited to writing about him than Fortune senior editor-at-large Carol Loomis...

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South China Morning Post

Excellent
Reviewed by David Wilson on Dec 23 2012

Tap Dancing to Work will doubtless be a hit, fuelled by Buffett's American dream optimism powerfully evident in one essay with an unrepeatable, rambling title.

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CNBC

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Crippen on Nov 21 2012

It's a collection of Fortune magazine's stories about the Berkshire Hathaway CEO, going back to 1966, along with commentary by Loomis.

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