Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world's largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves them wrong.

In a comprehensive portrait of the corporate culture that unites Berkshire's subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate's continued prosperity. Riveting stories of each subsidiary's origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire reveal how managers generate economic value from intangibles like thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Rich with lessons for those wishing to profit from the Berkshire model, this engaging book is a valuable read for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, family business members, and investors, and it is an important resource for scholars of corporate stewardship. General readers will enjoy learning how an iconoclastic businessman transformed a struggling textile company into a corporate legacy.

Editorial Reviews
  • How did Warren Buffett build such a great firm? To unravel this mystery, Cunningham takes a deep dive inside the culture of Berkshire Hathaway's subsidiaries, highlighting the values of integrity, kinship, and autonomy--and revealing how building moats around the castles may help the firm outlast its visionary founder.--Adam Grant, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, author of "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • Berkshire Hathaway's trajectory has been so seamless that Warren Buffett's professional transition has gone almost unnoticed. The man who began his business life as a precocious 'stock picker' has morphed into the chief executive of one of the largest collections of businesses in the world. Lawrence A. Cunningham's book astutely chronicles this development.--From the foreword by Tom Murphy, Berkshire Hathaway director and former CEO of ABC, Inc.
  • Cunningham is a writer and scholar well known to the Berkshire Hathaway faithful, and he was Warren Buffett's pick for cataloging and organizing Berkshire's famous annual reports. Now he has taken us in a new direction, directly into the purchases of companies made by Buffett. An insightful and important book.--Robert Hagstrom, author of "The Warren Buffett Way"
About the Author

Lawrence A. Cunningham is the Henry St George Tucker III Research Professor at George Washington University Law School. He has been a professor of law and business for more than twenty years at Boston College, Massachusetts, George Washington University, and Yeshiva University, New York. He is the author of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America (2013) and editor from 1994 to 2001 of the leading treatise on contract law, Corbin on Contracts. His writing has appeared opposite the editorial page in The New York Times, Financial Times and the National Law Journal.

Product Details

Author:  Lawrence A. Cunningham
ISBN:  0231170041   
Publisher:  Columbus University Press
Publish Date:   October 21, 2014
Pages:  307 pages
Dimensions:  1.1" H x 9.1" L x 6.3" W (1.3 lbs) 

Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

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