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Poor Charlie’s Almanack

By Charles T. Munger

book iconStripe Press


From the legendary vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, lessons in investment strategy, philanthropy, and living a rational and ethical life.

“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up,” Charles T. Munger advises in Poor Charlie’s Almanack. Originally published in 2005, this compendium of eleven talks delivered by the legendary Berkshire Hathaway vice-chairman between 1986 and 2007 has become a touchstone for a generation of investors and entrepreneurs seeking to absorb the enduring wit and wisdom of one of the great minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Edited by Peter D. Kaufman, chairman and CEO of Glenair and longtime friend of Charlie Munger—whom he calls “this generation’s answer to Benjamin Franklin”—this abridged Stripe Press edition of Poor Charlie’s Almanack features a brand-new foreword by Stripe cofounder John Collison. 

Poor Charlie’s Almanack draws on Munger’s encyclopedic knowledge of business, finance, history, philosophy, physics, and ethics—and more besides—to introduce the latticework of mental models that underpin his rational and rigorous approach to life, learning, and decision-making. Delivered with Munger’s characteristic sharp wit and rhetorical flair, it is an essential volume for any reader seeking to go to bed a little wiser than when they woke up.

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Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger

  • Author's Background:

    • Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
    • Long-time business partner of Warren Buffett
    • Known for his unconventional wisdom and wit
  • Main Theme:

    • A collection of Munger's speeches, essays, and interviews on various topics, including investing, psychology, and life lessons
  • Key Points:

    • The Psychology of Human Misjudgment: Munger explores the cognitive biases and psychological traps that can lead to poor decision-making.
    • The Importance of Mental Models: He emphasizes the value of developing a framework of mental models to understand the world and make better decisions.
    • The Power of Inversion: Munger suggests that by thinking about problems in reverse, we can often gain new insights and avoid common pitfalls.
    • The Value of Interdisciplinary Thinking: He encourages readers to draw knowledge from multiple disciplines to gain a more comprehensive understanding of complex issues.
    • The Importance of Character and Integrity: Munger stresses the significance of ethical behavior and personal integrity in both business and life.
  • Reputation:

    • Positive:
      • Highly praised by investors and business leaders
      • Considered a valuable resource for wisdom and practical advice
    • Negative:
      • Some critics find it too dense and academic
      • May not be suitable for readers with limited knowledge of investing or psychology
  • Who Should Read It:

    • Investors and business professionals
    • Individuals interested in psychology and decision-making
    • Anyone seeking wisdom and insights from a renowned thinker


Peter Trizuliak
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