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Berkshire Hathaway Annual Book Selections 2015

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

The following is the official list of books recommended by Berkshire Hathaway at the 2015 Shareholder’s Meeting. The list contains some old classics as well as newly published titles, all of which should be very informative and entertaining reads for any value investors.

You can also access more information about Berkshire’s official list here: BRK 2015 50th Anniversary Annual Selection.

And for more books on value investing: Vintage Value Recommended Reading

About Warren Buffett

Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values – by Lawrence Cunningham

Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders – collected by Max Olson

50 Years of Berkshire Hathaway Poster – by Max Olson

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist – by Roger Lowenstein

Buffett’s Bites: The Essential Investor’s Guide to Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters – by Laura Rittenhouse

The Essays of Warren Buffett, Lessons for Corporate America – collected by Lawrence Cunningham

A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers from Warren E. Buffett – by Peter Bevelin

Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett – by Andrew Kilpatrick

The Oracle & Omaha: How Warren Buffett and His Hometown Shaped Each Other – by Steve Jordan

The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People – by James O’Loughlin

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything – by Carol Loomis

Warren Buffett: An Illustrated Biography of the World’s Most Successful Investor – by Ayano Morio

Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha – by Richard Connors

Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Greatest Investor – by Janet Lowe, with Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett Way – by Robert G. Hagstrom

About Charlie Munger

Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger – by Janet Lowe, forward by Warren Buffett

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger – edited by Peter Kaufman

On Investing

Business ADventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street – by John Brooks

Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation – by John Bogle

The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street’s Bullish 60s – by John Brooks

The Great Crash: 1929 – by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing – by Benjamin Graham

The Intelligent Investor (Revised Edition) – by Benjamin Graham, revised by Jason Zweig

Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions by Decoding CEO Communications – by Laura Rittenhouse

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock – by John Bogle

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928 – by John Brooks

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success – by William Thorndike

Strategic Value Investing: Practical Techniques of Leading Value Investors – by Stephen Horan, Robert Johnson, and Thomas Robinson

The Ten Commandments for Business Failure – by Donald R. Keough

Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street – by Fred Schwed, Jr.

General Interest

Charlie Rose: An Appreciation of Don Keough DVD

Dream Big – by Cris Correa

Foods You Will Enjoy: The Story of Buffett’s Store – by Bill Buffett

Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – by Howard G. Buffett

Giving It all Away: The Doris Buffett Story – by Michael Zitz

Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment – by Peter Buffett

Life Lessons in Business: Wisdom from Warren E. Buffett & L.A. “Davy” Davidson – by Gwyn Davidson Larsen

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger – by Peter Bevelin

The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lesson from Warren Buffett’s Female CEOs and Directors – by Karen Linder

Family & Children’s Interests

My First Berkshire ABC – by Nancy Rips, illustrated by Tom Kerr

The Oracles’ Fables: Life Lessons for Children Inspired by the Oracle of Omaha – by John Prescott, illustrated by Tom Kerr

The Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life – by Andy & Amy Heyward

The Secret Millionaires Club DVDs

The Secret Millionaires Club Business in a Box


Berkshire Hathaway Annual Book Selections 2015

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  • Benjamin Graham – also known as The Dean of Wall Street and The Father of Value Investing – was a scholar and financial analyst who mentored legendary investors such as Warren Buffett, William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss.

    Warren Buffett once wrote a detailed article explaining how Graham’s record of creating exceptional investors (such as Buffett himself) is unquestionable, and how Graham’s principles are everlasting. The article is called “The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville”.

    Buffett describes Graham’s book – The Intelligent Investor – as “by far the best book about investing ever written” (in its preface).

    Graham’s first recommended strategy – for casual investors – was to invest in Index stocks.
    For more serious investors, Graham recommended three different categories of stocks – Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV – and 17 qualitative and quantitative rules for identifying them.
    For advanced investors, Graham described various special situations or “workouts”.

    The first requires almost no analysis, and is easily accomplished today with a good S&P500 Index fund.
    The last requires more than the average level of ability and experience. Such stocks are also not amenable to impartial algorithmic analysis, and require a case-specific approach.

    But Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV stocks can be reliably detected by today’s data-mining software, and offer a great avenue for accurate automated analysis and profitable investment.