warren_buffetHere are a couple more great reads that you can either give to friends or keep for yourself.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
By Alice Schroeder

Bloomsbury £25, 976 pages
Shortlisted for the FT/Goldman Sachs Award. The authorised biography of one of the world’s richest men details his long and productive life and apparently homespun methods: he invests only in businesses he understands and eschews legalistic paperwork in favour of gut instinct and personal chemistry.

Who would not want to read about Warren Buffet? This guy is the best businessman in the world and though he may have his share of detractors, we cannot deny that there are lessons to be learned from him. In fact, if you had to choose one book, I would say that this is it.

Cold Steel: Britain’s Richest Man and the Multibillion Dollar Battle for a Global Empire
By Tim Bouquet and Byron Ousey

Little, Brown £20, 352 pages
Shortlisted for the FT/Goldman Sachs Award. The blow-by-blow account of Lakshmi Mittal’s bruising takeover battle for Arcelor, the European steel giant. Terrific narrative reporting, bringing the energy and drama of the sports pages into the business world.

The Arcelor-Mittal issue rocked Europe for a while a couple of years back. It was mired in controversy but it seems that all’s well that ends well. This should prove to be a good read at any time.

So there you have it, some pretty interesting choices for business books this year. There are more in Stefan Stern’s article if you are not satisfied with these choices.

Originally posted on December 29, 2008 @ 3:38 pm


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