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Assignment Questions

Warren Buffett

Background on the research paper provided by my professor:

In view of the economic meltdown of 2008 and the renewed interest in government regulation, as well as business ethics, a close examination of individuals who might be called wheelers and dealers or, at the very least, enterprising people seems warranted not only in the immediate aftermath of the myriad shocks of ’08 but going forward for several years, if not for a decade or longer. For that reason, you are going to be asked to choose an individual from the list which follows the explanation of this assignment. Please note that while some of the people on the list were convicted of wrongdoing, not everyone on the list is a villain.

I choose to do Warren Buffett. Below are the instructions my professor provided:

1. Find six sources dealing with your individual. If a biography or autobiography of the person has been published, this must be one of your sources. Your other sources should be articles which have appeared in reputable periodicals or newspapers.

2. From your collection of six sources, choose the one which you found most informative and write a two page critical analysis of that book or article.

3. Attach to the critical analysis of the source three pages containing the following:

a. a discussion of your subject’s wealth accumulation strategy

b. your views on the individual’s impact upon the American and/or global economy

c. a discussion of the person’s philanthropic initiatives

d. your assessment of the person – Is this an individual you would like to meet? Why?

Has this individual, in your opinion, been a force for good or evil in the nation and in the world? What criteria would you use to determine this?

4. Attach a bibliography containing complete citations for your six sources.

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