25 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks Everyone Should Read
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If you're looking for a book to read this summer, this list of books recommended by Munger is a great place to start.
… it's pretty hard to understand everything, but if you can't understand it, you can always give it to a more intelligent friend.
4. Ice AgeOf this book Munger said: "(The) best work of science exposition and history that I've read in many years!"Advertisement
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.
An autobiography of Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon, a remarkable polymath who more people should know about. In an age of increasing specialization, 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.)
7. A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe… a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter.Advertisement
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.
A book recommended by Bill Gates and Charlie Munger? Gates said, the book "had a profound effect on the way I think about history and why certain societies advance faster than others."Advertisement
While both books are exceptional, I actually prefer Hardin's other book - Filters Against Folly.
13. The Selfish GeneDawkins 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.Advertisement
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.Advertisement
This book has been recommended by both Buffett and Munger on a few occasions.
Science writer Matt Ridely unfolds the genome for us. Munger recommended in 2001.Advertisement
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.
Grove gives us an inside account of how he, virtually overnight, changed the path of Intel forever.Of course, this is a condensed list of his recommendations. Consider this a look at one of Munger's many bookshelves.Advertisement
And before you email me to tell me how expensive some of these books are consider this: ignorance is more expensive.
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