Charlie Munger’s Recommended Reading

“In my whole life, I have know 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- and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out” Charlie Munger

My friend Patrick O’Shaughnessy has inspired me to become a better reader. The book club he started has blossomed into something  really special and I encourage everyone to sign up. Following his lead, I want to share a list from one of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, Charlie Munger. The following list comes from Poor Charlie’s Almanack 

Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity (John Gribbin)

FIASCO.: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader (Frank Partnoy)

Ice Age (John & Mary Gribbin)

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It (Arthur Herman)

Models of My Life (Herbert A. Simon)

A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe (Gino Segre)

Andrew Carnegie (Joseph Frazier Wall)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared M. Diamond)

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (Jared M. Diamond)

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Cialdini)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)

Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economic, and Population Taboos (Garrett Hardin)

The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)

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

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (David S. Landes)

The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy (Robert G. Hagstrom)

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (Matt Ridley)

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton)

Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information (Robert Wright)

Only the Paranoid Survive (Andy Grove)