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Written by a great man lacking humility.,
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This review is from: Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition (Hardcover)
Charlie Munger is a talented and smart man. He has been a successful lawyer and investor. He is also one of the wealthiest man in the US and is a famous partner of Warren Buffet.
The book combines much of his wisdom and insights and summarizes them in a highly readable format.
I have two issues with this book which prevents it from becoming a must read.
1)The book is made up of expensive glossy paper with lot of pictures and drawings with large typeface. The result is a book that is needlessly large, very heavy, and expensive and meager in content relative to a more normal autobiography. The book was not designed and priced to sell, and it seems to have sold poorly.
2)Charlie Munger praises himself (or have others praise him) way too much in this book. About 15-30% of this book is dedicated to the "Great Charlie". He calls himself "genius" at least couple of times. He also has many endorsement of his greatness and genius by other talented people such as Bill Gates. That's too bad, because Charlie is not only a great intellectual with awesome insights into practically everything, but he is also seemingly a man of great integrity and charity.
I am a great fan of Charlie Munger and I am glad to have read this book and absorb much of Charlie's wisdom. I just think the two major flaws of this book made it less than great.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2013 6:39:09 PM PDT
Jack Lope says:
I just got this book in the mail, and I was horrified with the layout, size, and illustrations. It comes so highly recommended that I decided it was a good idea to spend the money (besides, it was an Amazon gift card for me), but I can't bring this book with me anywhere due to its size and weight. The illustrations are so corny, it looks like a children's book. I suppose I didn't expect high art in a book like this, but, my God are the illustrations awful.
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There are a lot of nicely made books with wrong information at various price points. Many of them cater to our vanity or comfort zone. From the bit I have read from Charlie Munger, I know he will get me out of my comfort zone and make me think. And think in a productive manner. That in itself is worth 60 bucks. If I had that much to casually throw around for a book, I probably might not need his advice. Before buying I will see what I can get from his speeches on YouTube.
The best 4.95 I spent on a business book was Made in America by Sam Walton. While not a self improvement book or business philosophy book, it did give me insight into modern American Merchandising. Sam Walton also understood humility and the importance of Family.
I will eventually buy this book despite the shortcomings you point out which I am sure are valid.
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