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Charles Thomas Munger is an investor, businessman, former real estate attorney, and philanthropist. He is vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate controlled by Warren Buffett; Buffett has described Munger as his partner.
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The Outsiders
Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
by William N. Thorndike (Oct 23, 2012)
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”It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different.” — John TempletonWhat makes a successful CEO? Most people call to mind a familiar definition: a seasoned manager with deep industry expertise. Others might point to the qualities of today’s so-called celebrity CEOs—charisma, virtuoso communication skills, and a con...
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Details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.     source
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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits)
by John C. Bogle (Oct 16, 2017)
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The best-selling investing "bible" offers new information, new insights, and new perspectives The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effe...
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A useful contribution to the author's fellow citizens.     source
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Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow (Mar 30, 2004)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
Charlie Munger
Jan 19, 1999
One of the best business biographies I have ever read. It's a very interesting family story too. That is just a wonderful wonderful book and I don't know anybody who's read it and hasn't enjoyed it.      source
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Only the Paranoid Survive
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
by Andrew S. Grove (Mar 16, 1999)
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Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy of focusing on a new way of measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall ...
The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell (Jun 07, 2011)
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to w...
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Perfectly marvelous book.     source
The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
by Richard Dawkins (Jul 31, 2016)
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of i...
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Jan 19, 1996
I had to read the Selfish Gene twice before I fully understood it and there were things I believed all my life that weren't so and I think it's just wonderful when you have those experiences.      source
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
by Nancy Forbes (Jun 18, 2019)
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The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth centuryTwo of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the sto...
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I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down.     source
The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters
by Matt Ridley (May 30, 2006)
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Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of yo...
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The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
by Richard Dawkins (Sep 27, 2015)
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The Blind Watchmaker is the seminal text for understanding evolution today. In the eighteenth century, theologian William Paley developed a famous metaphor for creationism: that of the skilled watchmaker. In The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins crafts an elegant riposte to show that the complex process of Darwinian natural selection is unconscious...
Charlie Munger
Jan 19, 1996
If you take Dawkins "the Selfish Gene" and the "Blind Watchmaker" I mean these are marvelous books and their words in those books that are entering the English language that are gonna be in the next Oxford Dictionary. I mean these are powerful books.      source
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The Warren Buffett Portfolio
Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
by Robert G. Hagstrom (Jan 01, 1999)
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The Warren Buffett Way provided the first look into the strategies that the master uses to pick stocks. A New York Times bestseller, it is a valuable and practical primer on the principles behind the remarkable investment run of the famed oracle of Omaha. In this much-awaited companion to that book, author Robert Hagstrom takes the next logical ste...
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Jan 19, 1999
Reddy sent me the second book a full version and I read it and I was flabbergasted to find it not only very well written but a considerable contribution to the synthesis of human thought on the investment process and I would recommend that all of you buy a copy of Hagstrom second buffet book.      source
Benjamin Franklin, Volume 1
by Carl Van Doren (Mar 11, 2002)
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Carl Van Doren received the 1938 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for this work. It contains the most extensive collection of Benjamin Franklin's autobiographical writings, much of which was long out-of-print. Also included are some fifty letters written by Franklin that was never published before....
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A book I really like.     source
Ice Age
by John Gribbin (Apr 28, 2015)
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On 24 June, 1837 Louis Agassiz stunned the learned members of the Swiss Society of Natural Sciences by addressing them, in his role as President, not with an anticipated lecture on fossil fishes, but with a passionate presentation on the existence of Ice Ages. No one was convinced. He even dragged the reluctant members of the Society up into the mo...
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Dec 15, 2014
Best work of science exposition and history that I've read in many years!     source
Living within Limits
Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos
by Garrett Hardin (Apr 21, 1993)
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We fail to mandate economic sanity, " writes Garrett Hardin, "because our brains are addled by...compassion." With such startling assertions, Hardin has cut a swathe through the field of ecology for decades, winning a reputation as a fearless and original thinker. A prominent biologist, ecological philosopher, and keen student of human population c...
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond Ph.D. (Jul 17, 2005)
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Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasi...
The Third Chimpanzee
On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
by Jared Diamond (Jan 01, 2012)
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At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it see...
50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
by Noah J. Goldstein Ph.D. (Dec 29, 2009)
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Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion What one word can you start using today to increase your persuasiveness by more than fifty percent? Which item of stationery can dramatically increase people's responses to your requests? How can you win over your rivals by inconveniencing them? Why does knowing that so many denti...
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I suggest Yes!.     source
Getting to Yes
Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher (May 03, 2011)
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Negotiation is a way of life for the majority of us. Whether we're at work, at home or simply going out, we want to participate in the decisions that affect us. Nowadays, hardly anyone gets through the day without a single negotiation, yet, few of us are armed with the effective, powerful negotiating skills that prevent stubborn haggling and ensure...
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
by David S. Landes (May 17, 1999)
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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, as Landes definitively illustrates, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical ...
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
by Arthur Herman (Sep 24, 2002)
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Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have...
Deep Simplicity
Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
by John Gribbin (Apr 05, 2005)
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Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose that communicates not only th...
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It's pretty hard to understand everything, but if you can't understand it, you can always give it to a more intelligent friend.     source
A Matter of Degrees
What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe
by Gino Segre (Jul 01, 2003)
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In a wonderful synthesis of science, history, and imagination, Gino Segrè, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.6°? How ...
Andrew Carnegie
by Joseph Frazier Wall (Jun 06, 1989)
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The definitive biography of an industrial genius, philanthropist, and enigma....
The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader
by Frank Partnoy (Feb 01, 1999)
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"Fiasco" is the shocking story of one man's education in the jungles of Wall Street. As a young derivatives salesman at Morgan Stanley, Frank Partnoy learned to buy and sell billions of dollars worth of securities that were so complex many traders themselves didn't understand them. In his behind-the-scenes look at the trading floor and the offices ...
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
by Benjamin Franklin (Feb 02, 2017)
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Unabridged student-sized 8.5-x11- value reproduction of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin . This classic is a must read because Franklin writes as if the reader is right there with him, relating his story, feeling his success and his pains.The writing is an honest self-evaluation of the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence and nego...
Models of My Life
by Herbert A. Simon (Oct 08, 1996)
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In this candid and witty autobiography, Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon looks at his distinguished and varied career, continually asking himself whether (and how) what he learned as a scientist helps to explain other aspects of his life.A brilliant polymath in an age of increasing specialization, Simon is one of those rare scholars whose work defin...
Three Scientists and Their Gods
Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information
by Robert Wright (Aug 01, 1989)
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This book tackles the complexity of both science and religion. It is an easy read that is also witty and can be read in one sitting....