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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 don’ t. 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 Munger’ s curmudgeonly facade in this richly woven portrait of our era’ s heir to Ben Franklin. With a biographer’ s detachment, an historian’ s thoroughness, and a financial writer’ s 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: Less for Corporate America
" For years, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and investors worldwide (me included) have struggled to learn more about Warren Buffett’ s cerebral sidekick. Now we can rest and enjoy reading Janet Lowe’ s book about this rare intellectual jewel called Charlie Munger."
— — ROBERT G. HAGSTROM, Author of The Warren Buffett Way
" 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."
— — TIMOTHY P. VICK
Money Manager and Author of How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett
An Extraordinary Combination of Minds. The Lake?A Place That Defines Munger. The Nebraskans. Surviving the Wars. Putting Together a New Life. Munger Makes His First Million. A Combination of Big Ideas. Pound-for-Pound, the Best Law Firm. Operating Wheeler, Munger Out of a Utility Room. Blue Chip Stamps. See's Candy Teaches a Lesson. The Belous Case. The Buffalo Evening News. Charlie Munger Goes to War with the Savings and Loan Industry. The Blossoming of Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire in the 1990s?Power Building. Salomon Brothers. The Daily Journal Corporation?A Modest Media Empire. Doing Good at Good Samaritan Hospital. Elder Statesman and Conscience of the Investment World. A Time to Reap Rewards. Appendix A. Wheeler, Munger Partnership. Appendix B. Interview List. Appendix C. Time Line?The Life and Career of Charles T. Munger. Appendix D. Charles T. Munger's Speeches. Notes. Index.
JANET LOWE is an investment writer and author who has written several business and biographical works, including the bestseller Warren Buffett Speaks as well as Welch: An American Icon and The Man Who Beats the S&P: Investing with Bill Miller (all published by Wiley). Ms. Lowe is a past editor of the San Diego Daily Transcript and financial editor of the San Diego Tribune. More than 200 of her business articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
HWhen Warren Buffett's partner, fellow Nebraskan and Berkshire Hathaway vice-chairman Charles T. Munger (now 76 years old) was a young boy, his hero was the independent Robinson Crusoe. As he grew older, he strove (and still strives) to emulate the creative thinker Benjamin Franklin, whom Munger admires most for his commitment to social causes and philanthropy. (Munger is one of the pioneering supporters of Planned Parenthood.) Lowe, who spent three intensive years learning about Munger's life and work, had the full cooperation of his subject for this biography and access to his vast network of admiring and devoted business associates, his family and his lifelong friends. She does a superb job of re-creating Munger's development from a respectable lawyer to a savvy investor, providing intricate details about the incisive thinking behind his business deals, which she weaves into a captivating narrative. The droll, brilliant, focused and intensely private Munger conducts his business the way he lives his life: he invests his time and his money in people of strong moral character and businesses that are intrinsically sound. He is not averse to risk, because he calculates it carefully, and, most crucially, when he makes a commitment, he does so for the long term. Agent, Alice Fried Martell. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.