Charles Munger: 32 Books That Every Investor Should Read

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A couple of weeks ago Tobias and I compiled our list of 50 Of The Best Investing Books Of All Time. Last week we put together our list of Seth Klarman’s: 32 Books That Every Investor Should Read. This week we’ve compiled our list of Charles Munger’s: 32 Books That Every Investor Should Read. Munger has been quoted as saying:

“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-and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”

Here’s the list in no particular order:

  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini)
  2. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives (Steven Levy)
  3. The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History (Gregory Zukerman)
  4. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger (Charles Munger)
  5. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success (William Thorndike)
  6. The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)
  7. Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive (Noah GoldsteinSteve Martin, Robert Cialdini)
  8. Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity (John Gribbin)
  9. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire (James Wallace, Jim Erickson)
  10. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (Max Bazerman)
  11. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Ron Chernow)
  12. The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy (Robert Hagstrom)
  13. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (David Landes)
  14. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (Matt Ridley)
  15. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger (Peter Bevelin)
  16. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
  17. Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner (Connie Bruck)
  18. Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader (Frank Partnoy)
  19. Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos (Garret Hardin)
  20. Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information (Robert Wright)
  21. Ice Age (John & Mary Cribbin)
  22. Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics (Nancy Forbes, Basil Mahon)
  23. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Roger Fisher)
  24. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (Bryan Burrough)
  25. Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company (Andrew Grove)
  26. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared Diamond)
  27. 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)
  28. Models of My Life (Herbert Simon)
  29. A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe (Gino Segre)
  30. Andrew Carnegie (Joseph Wall)
  31. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (Jared Diamond)
  32. No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality (Judith Harris)

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4 Comments on “Charles Munger: 32 Books That Every Investor Should Read”

  1. Great list! Could you elaborate on how this list was compiled? For example, has Munger personally recommended these books? Or are these simply books that you believe Munger would enjoy, knowing his polymath-like nature?

    1. Thanks Daehan. Munger has recommended these books in Poor Charlie’s Almanack, shareholder meetings, shareholder letters, and interviews.

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