Charlie Munger
Charles Thomas Munger (born January 1, 1924) is an American businessman, lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. He is vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate controlled by Warren Buffett; in this capacity, Buffett describes Charlie Munger as “my partner." Munger served as chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation from 1984 through 2011 (Wesco was approximately 80% owned by Berkshire Hathaway during that time). He is also the chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, and a director of Costco Wholesale Corporation.
36 recommendations

Recommendations by Charlie Munger

Models of My Life (MIT Press)
book
by Herbert A. Simon

Charlie Munger's Review:

An autobiography of Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon, a remarkable polymath who more people should know about. In an age of increasing specialisation, he’s a rare generalist — applying what he learned as a scientist to other aspects of his life. Crossing disciplines, he was at the intersection of “information sciences.” He won the Nobel for his theory of “bounded rationality,” and is perhaps best known for his insightful quote “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” (Also part of five books that will change your life.)

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

At 800 or so pages this is the perfect book for a week-long vacation. From humble beginnings to the height of great power Rockefeller did it all. I think you’ll find he has more in common with Marcus Aurelius than today’s billionaires.

Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded “the Octopus” by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 per cent of the oil produced in America.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

The Selfish Gene
book
by Richard Dawkins

Charlie Munger's Review:

Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

If science had a hall of fame the five men from this book, born at the turn of the twentieth century in Budapest – Theodore von Kármán, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, and Edward Telle – would all be members. Their work underpinned some of the most important political developments of the twentieth century.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

In the eighteenth century, William Paley argued that a watch is too complicated to happen by accident and so too are living things. Darwin undercut that argument with his discovery of natural selection and here Dawkins offers an elegant riposte. Natural selection has no purpose, it is an unconscious, automatic, and blind watchmaker.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

It’s a combination of scientific biography and explanation of the physics, particularly relating to electricity. It’s just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn’t put it down. It was a fabulous human achievement. And neither of the writers is a physicist.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss looks at the biggest question of all: how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?”

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Ryan takes the view that cooperation, not competition, is a factor in natural selection. The dependence, for example, of flowering plans on insects and birds for pollination is symbiosis, or cooperation. Mixing symbiosis with Darwin’s theory we come to a more accurate picture of the natural world.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Man's Search for Meaning
book
by Viktor E. Frankl

Charlie Munger's Review:

The book sheds light on the horrible experiences of Auschwitz and what they taught Viktor Frankl about life, love, and our search for meaning. When all seems hopeless, why is it that some people push forward while others subside.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Pinker, one of the world’s foremost experts on language and the mind, explores how language works, how we learn it, and how it evolves. He lands on the site of language being a human instinct, birthed by evoltuion.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Our man Claude Shannon comes up again with his fascinating work with John Kelly. Together they applied the science of information theory to make as much money as they could as fast as they could.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Harris is a great detective and systematically works her way though the currently popular explanations, such as birth order, and explains why none of these solve the mystery of human individuality.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Andrew Carnegie
book
by Joseph Frazier Wall

Charlie Munger's Review:

The definitive biography of an industrial genius, philanthropist, and enigma. At the meeting in May of this year, Munger also mentioned the Mellon Brothers as people to study.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

An interesting book full of practical ideas that takes a realistic view of organizations and asks how, in a world of matrix management and chaos, do we lead when we are not the one in charge?

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A lot of really important stuff like: The first modern nation, the first literate society, the ideas for (modern) democracy and free markets, all originated with the Scots.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

… it’s pretty hard to understand everything, but if you can’t understand it, you can always give it to a more intelligent friend. 

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

… a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

A best-selling exploration of why some nations achieve economic success while others don’t. As you can imagine, it’s complicated.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

How Bill Gates transformed an industry when everyone was trying to prevent him. Gates wasn’t always the richest person in the world.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

What is the meaning of life? This book takes a look at the work and beliefs of three leading American scientists: Edward Fredkin, Edward O. Wilson and Kenneth Boulding.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Charlie Munger's Review:

The book is one of the primary business texts in North America. So it shouldn’t surprise you that I was first introduced to this as part of my MBA program.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A book that details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Judgment in Managerial Decision Making
book
by Max H. Bazerman, Don A. Moore

Charlie Munger's Review:

This is hands down the most useful book on management decision-making that I’ve ever read. Seriously.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

I remember reading this shocking book and thinking, holy s—. This book will make you sick.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

In The Plex
book
by Steven Levy

Charlie Munger's Review:

This book is no surprise to those who follow Munger closely. He loves learning about engineering cultures

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A fascinating look at corporate America and Wall Street culture during the 80s by a masterful storyteller.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Munger, who reads every Einstein biography, considers this one from Walter Isaacson to be the best.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

An intimate exposure of Enron’s implosion. Think it can’t happen again? Think again.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

(The) best work of science exposition and history that I’ve read in many years!

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Science writer Matt Ridely unfolds the genome for us. Munger recommended in 2001.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Grove gives us an inside account of how he, virtually overnight, changed the path of Intel forever.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Den of Thieves
book
by James B. Stewart

Charlie Munger's Review:

Recommended by Charlie Munger at the 1992 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.

Ref: http://www.focusinvestor.com/charlie-munger-book-recommendations

Outliers
book
by Malcomm Gladwell

Models of My Life (MIT Press)
book
by Herbert A. Simon

Charlie Munger's Review:

An autobiography of Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon, a remarkable polymath who more people should know about. In an age of increasing specialisation, he’s a rare generalist — applying what he learned as a scientist to other aspects of his life. Crossing disciplines, he was at the intersection of “information sciences.” He won the Nobel for his theory of “bounded rationality,” and is perhaps best known for his insightful quote “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” (Also part of five books that will change your life.)

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

At 800 or so pages this is the perfect book for a week-long vacation. From humble beginnings to the height of great power Rockefeller did it all. I think you’ll find he has more in common with Marcus Aurelius than today’s billionaires.

Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded “the Octopus” by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 per cent of the oil produced in America.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

The Selfish Gene
book
by Richard Dawkins

Charlie Munger's Review:

Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

If science had a hall of fame the five men from this book, born at the turn of the twentieth century in Budapest – Theodore von Kármán, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, and Edward Telle – would all be members. Their work underpinned some of the most important political developments of the twentieth century.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

In the eighteenth century, William Paley argued that a watch is too complicated to happen by accident and so too are living things. Darwin undercut that argument with his discovery of natural selection and here Dawkins offers an elegant riposte. Natural selection has no purpose, it is an unconscious, automatic, and blind watchmaker.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

It’s a combination of scientific biography and explanation of the physics, particularly relating to electricity. It’s just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn’t put it down. It was a fabulous human achievement. And neither of the writers is a physicist.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss looks at the biggest question of all: how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?”

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Ryan takes the view that cooperation, not competition, is a factor in natural selection. The dependence, for example, of flowering plans on insects and birds for pollination is symbiosis, or cooperation. Mixing symbiosis with Darwin’s theory we come to a more accurate picture of the natural world.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Man's Search for Meaning
book
by Viktor E. Frankl

Charlie Munger's Review:

The book sheds light on the horrible experiences of Auschwitz and what they taught Viktor Frankl about life, love, and our search for meaning. When all seems hopeless, why is it that some people push forward while others subside.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Pinker, one of the world’s foremost experts on language and the mind, explores how language works, how we learn it, and how it evolves. He lands on the site of language being a human instinct, birthed by evoltuion.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Our man Claude Shannon comes up again with his fascinating work with John Kelly. Together they applied the science of information theory to make as much money as they could as fast as they could.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Harris is a great detective and systematically works her way though the currently popular explanations, such as birth order, and explains why none of these solve the mystery of human individuality.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Andrew Carnegie
book
by Joseph Frazier Wall

Charlie Munger's Review:

The definitive biography of an industrial genius, philanthropist, and enigma. At the meeting in May of this year, Munger also mentioned the Mellon Brothers as people to study.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

An interesting book full of practical ideas that takes a realistic view of organizations and asks how, in a world of matrix management and chaos, do we lead when we are not the one in charge?

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A lot of really important stuff like: The first modern nation, the first literate society, the ideas for (modern) democracy and free markets, all originated with the Scots.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

… it’s pretty hard to understand everything, but if you can’t understand it, you can always give it to a more intelligent friend. 

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

… a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

A best-selling exploration of why some nations achieve economic success while others don’t. As you can imagine, it’s complicated.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

How Bill Gates transformed an industry when everyone was trying to prevent him. Gates wasn’t always the richest person in the world.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

What is the meaning of life? This book takes a look at the work and beliefs of three leading American scientists: Edward Fredkin, Edward O. Wilson and Kenneth Boulding.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Charlie Munger's Review:

The book is one of the primary business texts in North America. So it shouldn’t surprise you that I was first introduced to this as part of my MBA program.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A book that details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Judgment in Managerial Decision Making
book
by Max H. Bazerman, Don A. Moore

Charlie Munger's Review:

This is hands down the most useful book on management decision-making that I’ve ever read. Seriously.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

I remember reading this shocking book and thinking, holy s—. This book will make you sick.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

In The Plex
book
by Steven Levy

Charlie Munger's Review:

This book is no surprise to those who follow Munger closely. He loves learning about engineering cultures

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

A fascinating look at corporate America and Wall Street culture during the 80s by a masterful storyteller.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

Munger, who reads every Einstein biography, considers this one from Walter Isaacson to be the best.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

An intimate exposure of Enron’s implosion. Think it can’t happen again? Think again.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/book-recommendations-from-billionaire-charlie-munger/

Charlie Munger's Review:

(The) best work of science exposition and history that I’ve read in many years!

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Science writer Matt Ridely unfolds the genome for us. Munger recommended in 2001.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-books-billionaire-charlie-munger-thinks-you-should-read-2014-6

Charlie Munger's Review:

Grove gives us an inside account of how he, virtually overnight, changed the path of Intel forever.

Ref: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/06/charlie-munger-recommended-books/

Den of Thieves
book
by James B. Stewart

Charlie Munger's Review:

Recommended by Charlie Munger at the 1992 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.

Ref: http://www.focusinvestor.com/charlie-munger-book-recommendations

Outliers
book
by Malcomm Gladwell

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