Li Lu is a Chinese-born American value investor and hedge fund manager. He is the Founder and Chairman at Himalaya Capital Management.
He has recommended a number of books that have influenced his thinking and approach to investing. While this list is by no means complete, here are some of the book recommendations from Li Lu:
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger edited by Peter D. Kaufman. This book is a collection of Charlie Munger’s speeches and interviews, and it provides insights into his investment philosophy.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This book explores the history of humankind from the Stone Age to the present day, and it provides insights into the factors that have shaped our development.
- Why the West Rules-for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris. This book argues that the West’s dominance in the world is not due to any inherent superiority, but rather to a combination of factors, including geography, technology, and institutions.
- The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley. This book argues that the world is becoming a better place, and that progress is inevitable.
- The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson. This book argues that the key to understanding human behavior is to study the behavior of other social animals.
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. This book argues that geography and technology, rather than race or culture, have been the most important factors in determining the course of human history.
- The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations, by Ian Morris. A look at Western and Eastern social development from the end of the ice age to today.
- The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, by David Deutsch. David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor.
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