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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Author Interview – James Berman

What books have most influenced your life? Devil Take the Hindmost, by Edward Chancellor. It is the best chronicle of market history I have ever read. It has influenced my investment strategy more than anything except reading Warren Buffett.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor. Does a mentor have to actually know who you are? If not, Warren Buffett is my mentor. I admire his investment strategy and his life strategy. There will never be another like him. Interestingly, he has never written a full book, though he’s a great writer and his shareholder letters are works of art.

Who is your favorite author and why? In fiction, Graham Greene. I always thought he had the best combination of the psychological and good storytelling. For me a fiction book must have both.

What are your current writing projects now? I am working a sequel to Lessons from the Lemonade Stand that will focus on picking individual stocks.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Many. Having a Kindle means I’m always reading many books at once. The one that really has my interest at the moment is When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson, about the hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic. It’s a sobering tale.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? It’s more topics than authors at this point. I mostly read non-fiction and its the topic that draws me.

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Genre – Business & Investing

Rating – PG

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