As I began writing this book, it very quickly became evident that this project would not be possible without the aid of many people. As this is a book about investing, specifically value investing, substantial credit goes to the late Ben Graham, the educator and practitioner who formulated the fundamental concepts of what is now commonly referred to as value investing. It was Ben Graham who taught Warren Buffett, and it was Warren Buffett who sparked my investment passion as early as high school.

When I was an MBA student at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2006, three accomplishments occurred during that year that I consider akin to winning the Triple Crown. My first victory came in Omaha, when, after writing a letter to Warren Buffett, he invited my classmates and me to visit him. Mr. Buffett typically hosts the students for a morning Q&A session followed by lunch. However, as luck would have it, we also got to spend over three hours with Mr. Buffett the night before. Getting two days of face time with Mr. Buffett was like winning the grand prize. The golfing equivalent would be showing up to play 9 holes with Tiger Woods and instead playing 36. Thank you, Mr. Buffett.

The visit to Omaha would not have been possible had it not been for Geoffrey Cole, M.D., whom I met at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. Jeff is one of the smartest guys I've met and a walking encyclopedia on Warren Buffet. I'm fortunate to have him around to pick his brilliant ...

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