CHARLIE MUNGER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
by Peter D. Kaufman
A Focused Must Read!
This is the book that all of us that us who love the wit and wisdom of Mr. Munger have been waiting for. It’s an absolutely first class production that contains biographical information on Mr. Munger and, most importantly, finally allows all of us to read and study Mr. Munger’s works in one volume. As an added bonus Chapter 10 includes new material written by Mr. Munger especially for this book. I strongly recommend that you read and study this book!
by Robert B. Cialdini
2006 (Revised Edition)
A Focused Must Read!
Do you ever wonder why you always seem to be buying products that you don’t really want or need? Do you always buy whatever a telemarketer is making a pitch to sell? Do you simply have trouble saying no to salesman? This fantastic book delves into why people continually fall for high pressure sales techniques and how you can avoid falling for them yourself. These lessons can also be applied to investing. For example, when everyone is proclaiming that Internet stocks are the companies to be investing in, you can say no to their sales pitch. You will have a much better understanding of how humans interact and respond to others after reading this book.
by Lawrence M. Krauss
230 pages, 2013
Mr. Munger recommended this book at the 2013 Daily Journal Corp annual meeting.
251 pages, 2012
Warren mentioned this book in his 2012 Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter where he stated: “The Outsiders, by William Thorndike, Jr., is an outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation. It has an insightful chapter on our director, Tom Murphy, overall the best business manager I’ve ever met.”
by Robert Caro
“I loved Caro s book I thought it was very well done. I think reading his biography on LBJ is very important for anyone who wants a view into the human condition. LBJ never told the truth when a lie would be better. This is the way he went through life. He had a high intellect and extraordinary energy and did a lot of good along with the bad. I m not sure he didn t do more good than bad. But I think it s an appalling life to lie as much as LBJ. What I said at Berkshire meeting about the robber barons applies here: When he s talking, he s lying, and when he s quiet, he s stealing. Charlie Munger, 2004 Wesco Annual Meeting.
by John Bogle
2007 John Wiley
A Focused Must Read!
“John Bogle is living a useful life, and this book is a useful contribution to his fellow citizens. It is dangerous for investors to believe a bunch of nonsense, and the nonsense destroyers are particularly helpful when, like Bogle, they never tire in their animosity toward folly.” Charles T. Munger.
by Les Schwab
“If you want to read one book, read the autobiography of Les Schwab. He ran tire shops in the Midwest and made a fortune by being shrewd in a tough business by having good systems &He made hundreds of millions selling tires” Charlie Munger, 2004 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.
by John Gribbin
304 pages, 2005, Random House
“Not everyone will like Deep Simplicity. It s pretty hard to understand everything, but if you can t understand it, you can always give it to a more intelligent friend.” Charlie Munger, 2004 Wesco Annual Meeting.
by Gino Serge
304 pages, 2003, Penguin
A Focused Must Read!
“A Matter of Degrees, by physicist named Segre, is a perfectly marvelous book. Not a book you can go through at 90 mph, but if you parse through it slowly, you’ll get a lot out of it. You’ll get a lot of hours per dollar if you use it right.” Charlie Munger, 2003 Wesco Annual Meeting.
by Frank Ryan
310 pages, 2002
Mr. Munger recommended (per May 2003 Omaha World Herald article) this book at the 2003 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.
by John & Mary Gribbin
Hardcover – 112 pages (2001) Publisher: Allen Lane The Penguin Press
What Mr. Munger had to say about this book at the 2002 Wesco Annual Meeting: “Ice Age is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve spent thousands of dollars buying copies for my friends. If you don’t like Ice Age, then you have some limitations.”
Hardcover: 288 pages (2001)
Mr. Munger comments on this book: “I also recommend How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It. It’s amazing how one million poor people with a lousy climate and no resources had such a large and constructive influence on the world. I tried to figure it out and couldn’t. This professor did that. It’s a wonderful book.”
by Jared Diamond
480 pages, 1999
Have you ever wondered why certain countries have become cultural centers and military superpowers? Why have several leading civilizations experienced declines when contacted by other civilizations? This book provides an interesting explanation for why the world has developed the way it has. I found it thought provoking and extremely interesting.
by Ron Chernow
774 pages, 1999
I must confess that I am a hopeless lover of biographies and autobiographies. With that caveat in mind I found this book on the life of Mr. Rockefeller intriguing. The life he lived, the company he created, and his management style are all worth studying. I also found it an interesting case study on monopolies and I found myself contrasting the situations of Standard Oil and Microsoft often.
by David S. Landes
658 pages, 1999
This important book examines how wealth and culture intertwine over time and the effects both can have on nations. It provides a thoughtful, rational explanation of why various cultures that possess certain advantages never have become world powers. It also examines why certain countries have become so successful and why others have fallen. Everyone should study the reasons why certain countries have been successful and others have not so we can learn from those challenges and not be doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
by Matt Ridley
352 pages, (2000) Harpercollins
Mr. Ridley provides us all with an interesting and clear look at what information genetic discoveries are shedding on the makeup of the human body and what implications your genes can have on your health. He spends a portion of every chapter on one of our chromosomes, and describes some useful discoveries and speculations regarding each.
by Roger Fisher & Alan Sharp
219 pages, Harper Business
I think this quote by Mr. Munger speaks for itself: “This book is must reading for those seeking to maximize their contribution to the constructive work of the world.” The book provides a nice framework that the reader can apply in their everyday life with a profuse amount of helpful examples. The book attempts to make the reader a part of the solution in problems encountered and not a continuing part of the problem.
by Garrett Hardin
352 pages, (1995) Oxford University Press
The argument this book advocates is simple: population must stop growing if human society wants to keep increasing its standard of living. Mr. Hardin believes population levels have reached catastrophic proportions and must be curtailed immediately. He proposes many unique solutions though I think the main stream public will find the majority of them to be acceptable solutions.
by Richard Dawkins
352 pages, 1990
A Focused Must Read!
The most innovative book on evolution since Darwin. I was pleasantly surprised by how readable and thought provoking this book is. Mr. Dawkins does a masterful job of explaining complex concepts so that everyone can understand them. The book is centered about the concept that the gene controls its environment so that it can reproduce itself. The book is brilliant and provides the reader with a whole new viewpoint on life and evolution.
by Robert Wright
324 pages, 1988 Times Books
The author focuses on presenting the viewpoint of digital physicist Edward Fredkin, sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, and Kenneth Boulding. The author essentially lets the three subjects express their particular theories on three subjects, their concepts of information, purposes, and the ‘meaning of life’. The book is sure to make the reader stop and think even if they don’t accept the three scientists theories.
Charlie recommended this at the 2001 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.
by Connie Bruck
1995 Penguin USA
“I very much enjoyed Connie Bruck’s biography – Master of the Game – about Steve Ross… She is a very insightful writer and its a very interesting story.” – Charlie Munger, 1994 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.
by Carl Van Doren
1991 Penguin USA
“I’m rereading a book I really like – which is Van Doren’s biography of Ben Franklin. I’d almost forgotten how good a book it was.” – Charlie Munger, 1994 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.
by James Wallace and Jim Erickson
1993 Harper Paperbacks
“I think Bill Gates’ biography, is a very useful book. You really get a feeling for what it took to write and sell software in the software revolution.” Charlie Munger, 1993 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.