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Words of wisdom from Charlie Munger - Warren Buffett's longtime business partner and the visionary Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway - collected and interpreted with an eye towards investing by David Clark, coauthor of the best-selling Buffettology series.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924 Charlie Munger studied mathematics at the University of Michigan, trained as a meteorologist at Cal Tech Pasadena while in the Army, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School without ever earning an undergraduate degree. Today, Munger is one of America's most successful investors, the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Warren Buffett's business partner for almost 40 years. Buffett says "Berkshire has been built to Charlie's blueprint. My role has been that of general contractor." Munger is an intelligent, opinionated business man whose ideas can teach professional and amateur investors how to be successful in finance and life.

Like The Tao of Warren Buffett and The Tao of Te Ching, The Tao of Charlie Munger is a compendium of pithy quotes including, "Knowing what you don't know is more useful than being brilliant" and "In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time - none, zero." This collection, culled from interviews, speeches, and questions and answers at the Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco annual meetings, offers insights into Munger's amazing financial success and life philosophies. Described by Business Insider as "sharp in his wit and investing wisdom," Charlie Munger's investment tips, business philosophy, and rules for living are as unique as his life story; intelligent as he clearly is; and as successful as he has been.

©2017 David Clark (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Little gems of gold

A compilation of little lessons from Munger. As a non investor and someone not in finance business, there were still a lot of take aways for me.

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Pass on this

Munger's quotes are great. Clark's commentry brings little insight. Just Google the quotes, Clark says that is all he did.

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  • Walter Hopkins
  • 17-02-2017

Too short!

Enjoyed it but wished it had been longer! Might have helped to have longer quotes as well - and to have better differentiated between Munger's voice and the author's voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-2018

What a good listen

So wise and this book is perfect for audio format. Really enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Mark
  • 19-06-2018

life lessons

wonderful life lessons and stories of Munger's experience. gets better as the book goes on

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  • chewhow
  • 05-06-2018

Soft read out sound.

I like the overall summary of Charlie's philosophy. But the read out sound was too soft.

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  • Evan A. Dunn
  • 20-03-2018

Great content but Audio isn't good enough

Like all of my other reviews, this was great content, but lacks the ability to review specific portions. I guess that's a part of the business model huh? 'Literacy' is under assault, but let's leverage people's dedication to substance so we can sell them the paper back and the digital kindle version... If that's the case, then I think you have a short-term & short-sighted business model. We need the images and text (0s & 1s) to go along with the Audio otherwise, the Audiobook is just someone reading me a story so I can go to bed more easily. Come on Amazon crew. Advocate for a customer.

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  • Neeraj Jain
  • 07-11-2017

a treat for Charlie's fans and students

loved and enjoyed hearing each word.
truly insightful and very well narrated.
have heard the book over and over again and still don't have enough of it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2017

Good and precise

I liked how the lessons are organized and precise which give lessons from Charlie's life and Investment. Some very deep critical thinking thoughts. I personally enjoyed listening the whole book.

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  • SA
  • 23-03-2017

Munger wisdom

What did you love best about Tao of Charlie Munger?

Although I've heard most of these elsewhere, there is nothing stale in listening to them again. And again. Such is Munger's wisdom. I like the matter-of-fact way the narrator states these nuggets. "Number 132; :...."

Any additional comments?

Must read for Munger acolytes!

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  • Stephon williams
  • 12-03-2017

Great wisdom

This book is not meant to teach you the in's and out's of investing but gives you a lot of common sense about how to invest and general knowledge about life . Great book for pointing you in the right direction.

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  • Al Hamilton
  • 07-06-2017

best mentioned ever. I am very inspired by Charlie

his philosophies are world class and very inspiring. I love what he stands for and all the knowledge shared.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2017

A great insight to many of Charlie's insights

Short book but full of real world insight on investing and life traits for success

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  • mel
  • 25-04-2018

A great book for anyone that wants to get ahead

This book is a must have for anyone that wishes to invest in themselves and the market. Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2017

Enjoyable so far...

Would you listen to Tao of Charlie Munger again? Why?

Absolutely, taking everything in at once is impossible and there are so many nuggets of useful advice one can gain by listening to the book more than once.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tao of Charlie Munger?

The history section, detailing how Charlie grew up during the great depression and met Warren Buffett. Charlie used to play poker back in the day, and being an ex poker player myself, I can relate to some of the stories.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

"Don't try to be a genius, just try to not be stupid." Charlie's philosophy is to simply avoid being an idiot. Most people are so focused on becoming smarter, yet they are constantly making mistakes. Charlie focuses on avoiding the mistakes.