Friday, May 11, 2007

2007 Berkshire Hathaway book recommendations

Each year, Berkshire Hathaway gives out a list of book selections to attendees of the annual shareholders meetings. I typed it up for those who couldn't attend, and provided links to Amazon for those interested.

Warren Buffett's Selections

Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By Barack Obama
“A government that truly represents these Americans–that truly serves these Americans–will require a different kind of politics. That politics will need to reflect our lives as they are actually lived. It won't be prepackaged, ready to pull off the shelf. It will have to be constructed from the best of our traditions and will have to account for the darker aspects of our past. We will need to understand just how we got to this place, this land of warring factions and tribal hatreds. And we'll need to remind ourselves, despite all our differences, just how much we share: common hopes, common dreams, a bond that will not break.” – from The Audacity of Hope.

Warren Buffett: An Illustrated Biography of the World's Most Successful Investor
By Ayano Morio
Tracing his story from paperboy in Omaha to one of the wealthiest men in the world, this cartoon-strip biography entertainingly depicts events in the life of Buffett and how they contributed to his unique investment philosophy.

Where are the Customers' Yachts? Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street
By Fred Schwed, Jr.
Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street. The title refers to a story about a visitor to New York who admired the yachts of the bankers and brokers. Of course, none of the customers could afford yachts, even though they dutifully followed the advice of their bankers and brokers. Full of wise contrarian advice and offering a true look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke, this book continues to open the eyes of investors to the reality of Wall Street.

About Warren Buffett

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
By Roger Lowenstein
Lowenstein reveals how the famously sensible investment strategy of buying stocks that are undervalued and hanging on until their worth invariably surfaces is a reflection of the values by which Warren Buffett has always lived. Lowenstein explores his human qualities — patience, loyalty, integrity, conviction — and shows how these were always as important as his nimble mind.

The Essays of Warren Buffett, lessons for Corporate America
Gems of wisdom harvested from the annual reports Warren Buffett writes for Berkshire Hathaway.

Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett, 2007 Edition
By Andrew Kilpatrick
Completely updated with Buffett's latest moves and countermoves, this best-selling biography returns with new insights into the tactics and strategies of the "Oracle of Omaha." Over 100 easy-to-read chapters trace Buffett from childhood to his recent headlining investments and acquisitions, and provide a unique, in-depth look into Buffett's life and mind.

The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People
By James O'Loughlin
Book buyers and Buffett admirers alike have praised The Real Warren Buffett for its compelling insights into how the second richest man in America achieved his astounding success

Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
By Janet Lowe with Warren Buffett
Readers will laugh and learn from the down-to-earth billionaire's business smarts and unique sense of humor. A tribute to Buffett's all-American personality and extraordinary business success, this witty and wise ensemble covers everything from friends and family to
business and investing.

The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition
by Robert G. Hagstrom
This edition is a completely revised and updated look at the “Oracle of Omaha”—comprising Buffett's numerous investments and accomplishments, as well as the timeless and highly successful investment strategies and techniques he has always used to come out a market winner.

Charlie Munger's Selections

Do Business with People You Trust
By Laura Rittenhouse
This guide aims to uncover the business morality of a company through the words of the CEO in the annual letter to shareholders. Readers will gain insights to help them judge the character of a company and its leadership.

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger
By Peter Bevelin
Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's study about attaining wisdom. Bevelin cites an encyclopedic range of thinkers and describes ideas and research findings from many different fields. This book is for those who love the constant search for knowledge. Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking.

About Charlie Munger

Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger
By Janet Lowe with forward by Warren Buffett
Investors worldwide have struggled to learn more about Warren Buffett's cerebral sidekick. Janet Lowe's unprecedented access to Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett has resulted in a first-class book that investors, academics, and CEOs will find entertaining and highly useful.

Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Second Edition
Edited by Peter Kaufman
The wit and wisdom of Charlie Munger is available in a single volume: all his talks, lectures and public commentary. And, it has been written and compiled with both Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett's encouragement and cooperation. Enjoy the unique humor, wit and insight that Charlie Munger brings to the world of business, investing and life itself.

About Investing

The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received: Priceless Wisdom from Warren Buffett, Jim Cramer, Suze Orman, Steve Forbes, and Dozens
of Other Top Financial Experts

Personal, direct, and insightful, this indispensable guide provides immediate yet timeless advice about a subject Americans are always desperate to know more about: where can they put their money for maximum returns and as little risk as possible?

The Intelligent Investor – The Classic Text on Value Investing
By Benjamin Graham
This reissue of the 1949 classic bestseller offers the investing principles as Benjamin Graham originally laid them out. Time and market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham's basic strategies, and this is the most important book you will ever read on making the right decisions to protect your investments and make them a success.

The Intelligent Investor
By Benjamin Graham
While preserving the integrity of Graham's original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today's market, draws parallels between Graham's examples and today's financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham's principles.

A Weekend with Warren Buffett: And Other Shareholder Meeting Adventures
By Randy Cepuch
Once a year, the managers of public companies have to fling open the doors and let the owners in - whether they want to or not. Cepuch's humorous, informative business-related travelogue looks at how companies treat their investors during the brief period when the welcome mat is out. It's an Average Joe Investor's search for shareholder democracy and an occasional free lunch.

About Berkshire Hathaway Managers

First a Dream
By Jim Clayton, Second Edition
Clayton describes the qualities an effective leader must possess, the key methods for inspiring team members, and the development of culture and values that are critical to the success of a small business as well as a multibillion dollar conglomerate.

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies
by Doris Christopher
This is the extraordinary account of how Christopher turned an innovative concept and a $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. The Pampered Chef brings Christopher's recipe for success to women and men everywhere.

A Personal History
by Katherine Graham
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, Personal History is an extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women. Graham's personal life was a drama in itself, followed by the rarer drama of her life as the head of The Washington Post

The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets from the Berkshire Hathaway Managers
by Robert Miles
Much has been written about Warren Buffett and his investment philosophy; little has been made public about the inside management of Berkshire Hathaway. Miles provides a unique look at the Berkshire Hathaway culture and its management principles.

What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett
By Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Helzberg outlines the steps needed to prosper within a challenging business environment. He offers a proven road map for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to build a solid company that will stand the test of time.

The Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century
By Istvan Hargittai
Five men born in Budapest were integral to some of the most important scientific and political developments of the twentieth century. Eugene Wigner won a Nobel Prize in physics. Leo Szilard was the first to see that a chain reaction based on neutrons was possible.
John von Neumann developed the modern computer. Theodore von Karman became the first director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Edward Teller was the father of the hydrogen bomb.


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