Charlie Munger’s Books: Recommended Reading List

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Charlie Munger is most of the time in the shadow of his partner, Warren Buffett.

However Munger is one of the best investors of our time (you can see more on Munger’s resource page). Munger is known to read quite a lot of books on varying topics.

Here are some quotes from Munger on the topic:

“We read a lot.  I don’t know anyone who’s wise who doesn’t read a lot.  But that’s not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things.  Most people don’t grab the right ideas or don’t know what to do with them.” http://www.tilsonfunds.com/brkmtg04notes.doc

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”

  “…by regularly reading business newspaper and magazines I am exposed to an enormous amount of material at the micro level..  I find that what I see going on there pretty much informs me about what’s happening at the macro level.”

Below are a list of 20 books recommended by Munger and three books about Charlie Munger. I have not read it, but have heard from many that Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger is by far the best book on Munger.

BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY CHARLIE MUNGER

  1. Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader  by Frank Partnoy
  2. Ice Age by John & Mary Gribbin
  3. Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin
  4. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman
  5. Models of My Life by Herb Simon
  6. A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe by Gino Segre
  7. Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier Wall
  8. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human SocietiesJared Diamond
  9. The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
  10. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  11. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  12. Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos by Garrett Hardin
  13. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  14. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Sr. by Ron Chernow
  15. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by David S. Landes
  16. The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy by Robert Hagstrom
  17. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (P.S.) by Matt Ridley
  18. Getting It Done: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Roger Fisher and Alan Sharp
  19. Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information by Robert Wright
  20. Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove

BOOKS ON and By CHARLIE MUNGER

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin (2008)

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Peter D. Kaufman (2008)

Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger by Januaret Lowe (2003)

Of Permanent Value by Andrew Kilpatrick

Charlie Munger’s full resource page can be found here.

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