What Would Warren Buffett Read?

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The staff here at River Forest Public Library loves to help patrons discover their next book: fiction or non-, YA or SciFi, cookbooks or travelogues — we love it all and we love helping you find it.

But we’re not the only ones with opinions about books!

And so we introduce the first in an occasional series: What Would [Fill In The Blank] Read?

We’re starting with business titan and philanthropist Warren Buffett (himself an author of many books), but future posts will look at reading recommendations from the worlds of writing, entertainment, public commentary — familiar faces who have something interesting to say about the books they love.

What Would Warren Buffett Read?

  1. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham – a classic text that Buffett has called “the best book on investing ever written.”
  2. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – by Howard G. Buffett – Even if we assume that Buffett may be a little biased about a book written by his own son… 40 Chances was also a New York Times bestseller, and Booklist called it “both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes in the world.”
  3. Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charles T. Munger – a collection of the wit and wisdom of business magnate and philanthropist Charles T. Munger, better known as Buffett’s right-hand man.
  4. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success – by William Thorndike – Buffett says this is “an outstanding book about CEOs who have excelled at capital allocation.”
  5. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle – Buffett has said that “rather than listen to the siren songs [of investment advisers], investors should read The Little Book of Common Sense.”

(To discover more books that Warren Buffett would recommend, click here to read “Warren Buffett’s reading list, from Benjamin Graham to football.”)


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