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Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger Paperback – 9 May 2003
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- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (9 May 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0471446912
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471446910
- Dimensions : 14.25 x 2.03 x 22.35 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 62,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the author of the bestselling WARREN BUFFETT SPEAKS
"Charlie Munger, whose reputation is deep and wide, based on an extraordinary record of brilliantly successful business strategies, sees things that others dont. There is a method to his mastery and, through this book, we get a chance to learn about this rare individual."
MICHAEL EISNER, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
"Janet Lowe uncovers the iconoclastic genius and subtle charm behind Charlie Mungers curmudgeonly facade in this richly woven portrait of our eras heir to Ben Franklin. With a biographers detachment, an historians thoroughness, and a financial writers common sense, Lowe produces a riveting account of the family, personal, and business life of this idiosyncratically complex and endlessly fascinating figure."
LAWRENCE A. CUNNINGHAM, Cardozo Law School
Author of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America
"For years, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and investors worldwide (me included) have struggled to learn more about Warren Buffetts cerebral sidekick. Now we can rest and enjoy reading Janet Lowes book about this rare intellectual jewel called Charlie Munger."
ROBERT G. HAGSTROM, Author of The Warren Buffett Way
"Janet Lowes 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."
TIMOTHY P. VICK
Money Manager and Author of How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett
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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' .
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
It feels “thin” in places. But a worth while purchase and read
5 stars as it added to my knowledge of Charlie (and warren)