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on 3 January 2013
If like me , you are curious about the financial world and more particularly investment , this book might just be one of those books you will treasure and refer to for a very long time to come .

I came across this book when I started delving deeper into Berkshire Hathaway's partnership and I was already sold on buying this book anyway without looking at the few reviews I did find . Charlie rightly said that he couldn't see that many of this particular book will sell , but that he'd hoped that people learned out of the mistakes that he had made in the past .

His life story appealed to me straight away because it struck a similar cord with me regarding the hardships that Charlie had to endure during life . Although Charlie has a great lineage , he isn't your typical gold spoon fed billionaire . It is also evident that Charlie has a fair amount of intellect and more importantly a perseverance to hold on to his convictions even if no one else sees it his way . Eventually allot of investors do come around to his ideas in the end . Allot of other useful wisdom abounds in this book too and Charlie has no lack in humor either as illustrated in most chapters .

The book is generally very enjoyable to read and adds great weight to any investors book 'portfolio' .
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on 4 July 2013
After some pondering I decided to get this on kindle and quickly worked my way through.

Having read Poor Charlie's almanach I didn't know what I might gleam from this, all in all it was worth the money. The are some interesting insights into the way the market operated in Charlie's early days. Significant opportunities were to be found in real estate in the early 70s which Mr Munger was able to take advantage of in scale and proportion. What I will say is that the first half of the book was superb with some comic relief in places. The reader will appreciate the challenges he faced on a business and personal level.

Why 3 stars then?. The original premise of this book is what holds it back in my opinion. Much is said about his family and personal dealings which all though some may be able to leverage into practical information, never the less is some what obtrusive. The later part of the book is much better known from a public perspective.

As a value investor I found areas I could relate to, the section explaining how blue chip stamps was reversed into Berkshire was excellent and gave good info on how Charlie and Warren moved from being mainly owners of securitys to private business owners within the market listing of Berkshire. Along the way many people became affluent through minor holdings in their subsiderys. Caught in the wake of their success as such.

In some ways I was left optimistic and saddened after reading through. For those glorious and golden inefficient market days are many years behind us but opportunitys for honest and hardworking people with integrity are still around if not for every year it becomes harder.

As a foot note here, I would have liked to read more about his views on investing.

Robert w Johns
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on 9 December 2013
Intelligent guy - trying to assimilate some of his knowledge after getting hooked on his youtube videos! A must have for any business person.
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on 3 May 2009
Damn Right is an extremely good book about Charlie Munger. Munger, as the number 2 at Berkshire Hathaway, is somewhat overlooked in the shadow of Warren Buffett. Munger himself has had a fascinating and hugely successful business life, an eminent attorney, successful real estate developer, and is also a strong and interesting character. Less risk averse than Buffett, Munger has made some huge bets during his business career, sometimes risking all (on what he considers a racing certainty). Munger is deep thinking and philosophical, and has great advice. This book is well worth reading, and if you get the chance go to the Wesco Financial AGM in Pasadena CA whilst Munger is still around.
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on 15 July 2016
I have been wanting to buy this book for ages. Out of print. Often only available at silly prices. Now I see why it went out of print. A very tedious book. Added nothing to what I knew of Charlie Munger In fact maybe, as WB says, it subtracted. Better is Tren Griffin's book, though even that is only 3 stars. Maybe CM is just not that interesting. I suspect he is, but nobody seems to be able to write an interesting book about him.
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on 4 November 2010
Charlie Munger, right hand man to Warren Buffett, is studied, quoted and explored in this fascinating read. He led/leads an interesting life and this biography rates amongst my all time faviourites. Would suit those that have an interest in business/investing as well as biographies. Overall a truly great biography.
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on 18 February 2014
Read like a collation of known facts than some new insight. Left me wondering how much Munger put in to this, especially given the reluctance that the author expressed early in the book.
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on 13 September 2015
The life and wisdom of a great man who happens to be one of the greatest investors of all time!
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on 31 January 2015
A worthwhile read
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