- Warren Buffett recommended Business Adventures by John Brooks as the best business book, when Bill Gates asked Buffett to recommend the best.
- John Brooks is Gates's favorite business writer. Brooks has also written "The Go-Go Years", this book is the most famous of Brooks's books.
- The book has a great chapter on acquisitions and creative accounting. This is the milieu in which the Williams Act came into being.
- Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Similarities between investor behavior regarding conglomerates of the 1960s and the current investor adoration for serial acquirers is astonishing.