Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Carol J. Loomis
- Publish Date: 2012-11-21
Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkableâ 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 didnât dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the worldâs greatest investorânor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends. As BufÂfettâs fortune and reputation grew over time, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffettâs thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writÂing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishmentsâand also his occaÂsional 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 artiÂcle that supplies context and her own informed point of view. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffettâs 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, 1977âs âHow Inf lation Swindles the Equity Investor.â
- Andrew Tobiasâs 1983 article âLetters from Chairman Buffett,â the first review of his BerkÂshire Hathaway shareholder letters.
- Buffettâs stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, âAvoiding a Mega-Catastrophe.â
- His unconventional thoughts on inheritance and philanthropy, including his intention to leave his kids âenough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.â
- Bill Gatesâs 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 workâs combination of trust between two friends, the writerâs deep underÂstanding of Buffettâs world, and a very long-term perspective.