Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles From Wall Street

Book Description

Janet Tavakoli takes you into the world of Warren Buffett by way of the recent mortgage meltdown. In correspondence and discussion with him over 2 years, they both saw the writing on the wall, made clear by the implosion of Bear Stearns. Tavakoli, in clear and engaging prose, explains how the credit mess happened beginning with the mortgage lending Ponzi schemes funded by investment banks, the Fed bailout and its impact on the dollar. Through her narrative, we hear from Warren Buffett and learn how his enduring principles caused him to see the mess that was coming well in advance and kept him and his investors well out of the way.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. 1. An Unanswered Invitation
  5. 2. Lunch with Warren
  6. 3. The Prairie Princes Versus the Princes of Darkness
  7. 4. The Insatiable Curiosity to Know Nothing Worth Knowing (Oscar Wilde Was Right)
  8. 5. MAD Mortgages—The "Great" Against the Powerless
  9. 6. Shell Games (Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts)
  10. 7. Financial Astrology—AAA Falling Stars
  11. 8. Bear Market (I'd Like a Review of the Bidding)
  12. 9. Dead Man's Curve
  13. 10. Bazooka Hank and Dread Reckoning (AIG, Fannie, Freddie, Lehman, Merrill, and Other Fluid Situations)
  14. 11. Bond Insurance Burns Main Street
  15. 12. Money, Money, Money (Warren and Washington)
  16. 13. The Fogs of War, Religion, and Politics
  17. 14. Finding Value
  18. Notes
    1. 14.1. Preface
    2. 14.2. Chapter 1: An Unanswered Invitation
    3. 14.3. Chapter 2: Lunch with Warren
    4. 14.4. Chapter 3: The Prairie Princes versus the Princes of Darkness
    5. 14.5. Chapter 4: The Insatiable Curiosity to Know Nothing Worth Knowing (Oscar Wilde Was Right)
    6. 14.6. Chapter 5: MAD Mortgages — The "Great" Against the Powerless
    7. 14.7. Chapter 6: Shell Games (Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts)
    8. 14.8. Chapter 7: Financial Astrology: AAA Falling Stars
    9. 14.9. Chapter 8: Bear Market (I'd Like a Review of the Bidding)
    10. 14.10. Chapter 9: Dead Man's Curve
    11. 14.11. Notes
    12. 14.12. Chapter 11: Bond Insurance Burns Main Street
    13. 14.13. Chapter 12: Money, Money, Money (Warren and Washington)
    14. 14.14. Chapter 13: The Fogs of War, Religion and Politics
    15. 14.15. Chapter 14: Finding Value
  19. Bibliography

Product Information

  • Title: Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles From Wall Street
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: January 2009
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9780470406786