The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition

By Lawrence A. Cunningham

The 12 months 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway less than Warren Buffett's management, a milestone worthy commemorating. The tenure units a list for leader government not just in period yet in price construction and philosophizing. The fourth variation of The Essays of Warren Buffett: classes for company America celebrates its 20th anniversary. because the publication Buffett autographs so much, its attractiveness and sturdiness attest to the common urge for food for this distinct compilation of Buffett's concepts that's instantaneously entire, non-repetitive, and digestible. New and skilled readers alike will achieve a useful casual schooling by means of perusing this vintage association of Warren's top writings.

The fourth edition's new fabric includes:

  • Warren's fiftieth anniversary retrospective, in what invoice Gates referred to as Warren's top letter ever, on conglomerates and Berkshire's destiny with no Buffett;
  • Charlie Munger's fiftieth anniversary essay on ''The Berkshire System'';
  • Warren's definitive security of Berkshire's no-dividend perform; and
  • Warren's most sensible recommendation on making an investment, even if in residences, farms, or businesses.

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