Soon, that will no longer be the case. The book will be reprinted later this year at a much more reasonable price. If you want to read it right now, you can download Business Adventures electronically on Amazon. You can also pre-order the book, which will be released on September 9, 2014.
Warren Buffett actually gave Bill Gates a copy of Business Adventures because he thought Gates would enjoy it as much as he had. Gates describes the book as “phenomenal” and “the best business book I’ve ever read.” If you love Michael Lewis books such as Liar’s Poker, Moneyball and Flash Boys, then you’ll love this book as well. Brooks writing style is credited as being the inspiration for many of the books Michael Lewis wrote. As noted in the video, “John Brooks was really the Michael Lewis of his day.”
For those interested in getting a taste of the book at no cost, you can download a free chapter of the book here. The chapter is titled “Xerox Xerox Xerox Xerox” and it was originally published in the The New Yorker on April 1, 1967. As Bill Gate writes, “It demonstrates all the strengths that made Brooks such a special writer: his intellect, his ability to see the big picture, and his sense of humor. I hope you’ll check it out.”