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20 favourite books of billionaire investor Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger is a modern-day polymath and one of the most respected investors of all time.

He credits reading 500 pages/day with much of his success—his children even call him a book with legs.

Here are 20 of his favourite books:


In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Stephen Levy.

“I hate to admit this because I’ve ignored high-tech all my life, but I read that book In the Plex about Google, and I found it a very interesting book.”
–Charlie Munger


The Outsiders by William Thorndike

“A book that details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.”
–Charlie Munger


Influence by Robert Cialdini.

”You couldn’t start with a better book than Cialdini’s Influence to avoid being manipulated by vendors and by lenders using the standard tricks of the vendor and lender trade.”
–Charlie Munger


Living Within Limits by Garrett Hardin.

Recommended in Charlie’s Book, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack.”


The Warren Buffett Portfolio by Robert Hagstrom.

”I read it and I was flabbergasted to find it not only very well written, but a considerable contribution to the synthesis of human thought on the investment process.”
–Charlie Munger


Damn Right by Janet Lowe.

“That Janet Lowe book about me has had a very interesting sub-chapter, so to speak, in its distribution. I notice a considerable number of people buying that book and sending one copy to each descendant.”
–Charlie Munger


Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson.

It’s hard to write a bad book on such an interesting subject.”
–Charlie Munger


Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

“Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought”
–Charlie Munger


Models of My Life by Herb Simon.

“And some shareholder sent me a book that not many of you will like, by Herb Simon I think, Models of My Life. sAnd it’s a very interesting book for a certain academic type.”
–Charlie Munger


Genome by @mattridley.

”It is a fabulous book. Of course, I’m recommending a bestseller, but they’re selling it in the airport.”
–Charlie Munger


Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr by Ron Chernow.

“One of the best business biographies I have ever read. That was just a wonderful, wonderful book. And I don’t know anybody who’s read it who hasn’t enjoyed it.”
–Charlie Munger


Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Wall.

Recommended in Charlie’s Book, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack.”
–Charlie Munger


The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes.

“I would heartily recommend it. He knows way more economics and science than is common for a history professor. And that gives him better insight ”
–Charlie Munger


Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.

“I have recently read a new book twice, which I very seldom do. And that book is Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. And it’s a marvelous book.”
–Charlie Munger


The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

“I had to read The Selfish Gene twice before I fully understood it. And there were things I believed all my life that weren’t so, and I think it’s just wonderful, when you have those experiences.”
–Charlie Munger


Master of the Game by Connie Bruck.

“I very much enjoyed Master of the Game, a biography of Steve Ross, who headed Warner and later was, co-chairman of Time Warner…. she’s a very insightful writer and it’s a very interesting story.”
–Charlie Munger


Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren.

“I am rereading a book I really like, Van Doren’s biography of Ben Franklin, and I’d forgotten how good a book it was. We’ve never had anybody quite like Franklin in this country. Never again.”
–Charlie Munger


The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond.

Recommended in Charlie’s Book, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack.”


Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin.

“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


Ice Age by John Gribbin.

“Best work of science exposition and history that I’ve read in many years!”
–Charlie Munger

That’s 20 of Charlie Munger’s favourite books.

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