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What Women Want: A Journey to Personal and Political Power

Patricia Ireland

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 relationships.

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Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

Roger Lowenstein

Warren Buffett is probably one of the most famous investors in America today. He is well known for his management of Berkshire Hathaway. He's 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 mold.

(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.)

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