Berkshire Hathaway Official Reading List 2015: Approved Books by Buffett and Munger

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tapdaceAmong the many booths at Berkshire Hathaway’s 2015 Annual Meeting was one run by a local bookstore. Each year, BRK approves a list of books, many of which have been mentioned in shareholder letters or other speeches by Warren Buffett and/or Charlie Munger. I always see media articles referring to this list (ex. 11 Picks from Warren Buffett’s Bookshelf), but here is the entire official list from The Bookworm.

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” – Warren Buffett

Besides the well-known Buffett biographies and classic investing books, it still manages to include several investing books I’d never heard of before, as well as some intriguing non-investing books by Buffett’s siblings and children. There is even a comic book and a separate section for kids. Here’s the Amazon-linkified list, sorted by category in alphabetical order.

About Warren Buffett

About Charlie Munger

On Investing

General Interest

Family and Children’s Interests

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  1. The annual meeting is always a hoot. It’s like a Warren/Charlie stand up comedy routine each year. Hope you liked my hometown of Omaha!

    • I actually didn’t go, but I read all the live blog Q&A coverage. I would like to go next year if I can make it happen. Do you go each year?

      • I will be honest with you Jonathan – I have thought of going to the meeting, but I don’t know if the extra cost, effort and time would make going worth it. After all, you have to pay for 3 nights of hotels, plus airfare, plus cabs, etc.. You also have a lot of time waiting in line, trying to get a seat, sitting in crowds etc..

        At the same time, the type of information of what happened during the meeting will already be transcribed online, discussed on major news media, etc. Generally, for me the meat of the content is available without much effort online already. I would say the experience might be interesting for entertainment value. If you meet with other investors and discuss things in person, it might also be worth it. But, why can’t you just meet wherever you are located 😉 Of course, if you can meet Munger or Buffett, and manage to ask a question yourself, that might be cool. But the odds of that happening are low.

        I doubt the cost benefit makes it worth spending the time, money and effort to get the same level of information you already would get for free by reading notes.

        • Oh, it would definitely just be for the finance-geeky fun of it. I usually avoid crowds though so the popularity itself is actually a turn-off. But after reading about the meeting for so many years, you know there is only a finite number of Warren and Charlie shows left…

          • You raise valid points. I think you might have better luck in avoiding crowds by going to the Daily Journal meeting in LA. Unfortunately, that would be some time in March 2016..

  2. Thanks for sharing this! As a voracious reader I am always looking for the next thing to read. Saw a few here on the list that caught my eye.

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