Patricia Ireland's autobiography portrays
a wonderful portrait her journey from being a stewardess for
Pan Am to the
presidency of NOW (the National Organization for Women).
Most of the book is just as much a history of the modern
feminist movement, and rightly so, Ireland has been a
key part of that movement. Her thoughts about the
movement's successes and mistakes make this an
incredibly interesting and thought-provoking book.
Ireland does mention, but does not dwell on, the fact that
she is married and has a long-term female partner as well.
While she is clearly a very private person, I have a great
respect for her unwillingness to hide the fact of her
Warren Buffett is probably one of
the most famous investors in America today.
He is well known for his management of Berkshire Hathaway.
also well known for his Midwestern style, his high-profile
rescue of Salomon Brothers, and his love of Cherry Coke.
What many people do not know about this legend is that
he has two very close partners, one his wife, the other
who he lives with. While Lowenstein does not discuss
this matter at length, and while Buffett does not discuss
the matter much in public, it is clear to several observers
that he is very close with both women to this day, and
Buffett is quoted as saying that everyone is quite
happy with the situation.
Most of the book revolves (of course) around Buffett's financial career, but
Lowenstein also gives us insight into Buffett as each deal passes, what guides
him, what motivates him? I was personally surprised that Buffett was in many
ways a liberal (and in many ways not), from his Midwest background and occupation
it'd be easy to put him into a stereotype. But Buffett just doesn't fit the
(For readers interested in Buffet's investment
style rather than his personal life, Robert Hagstrom's 1995 book
The Warren Buffet Way
provides a detailed analysis of Buffet's investments and
investment strategy, and is highly reccomended.)