The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital: Management Lessons from the Pioneers of Private Investing
by Robert A. Finkel (MBA ’89) with David Greising

Ten investment and management masters share the wisdom they gained while transforming their portfolio companies. Based on interviews conducted by the authors, this book is filled with colorful stories about selecting and working with management, pioneering new markets, adding value through operational improvements, applying private-equity principles to nonprofits, and many more subjects.

Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards Is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions
by John Gillespie (MBA ’83) and David Zweig (MBA ’83)
(Free Press)

The authors expose the flaws in the dysfunctional corporate board system: directors who are selected by the CEOs they are meant to hold accountable; compensation consultants who legitimize outrageous pay; accountants and attorneys who see no evil; legal vote buying; and rampant conflicts of interest. They discuss what happened, or failed to happen, in the boardrooms of Lehman Brothers, General Motors, Bear Stearns, and Countrywide and how these flaws created so much financial devastation.

The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies
by Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave (MBA ’82)

In an industry built on celebrity, media mogul megalomania has run rampant today, with shareholders footing the bill. Moguls have propagated a myth that justifies their poor performance: since they manage creative talent and artistic product, traditional strategic, financial, and operational appraisal metrics do not apply to them. But since 2000, the largest media conglomerates have lost $200 billion in market capitalization. The book examines how misguided investment and acquisition strategies have created the paradox that, in media, the faster revenues grow, the worse their stocks perform.

The Elements of Investing
by Burton G. Malkiel (MBA ’55) and Charles D. Ellis (MBA ’63)

Two of the most respected individuals in the investment world offer investors a set of simple and powerful rules and investment principles on how to challenge the market at its own game and win by not losing.

Stanley Meltzoff — Picture Maker
by Stanley Meltzoff and Mike Rivkin (MBA ’80)
(Silverfish Press)

This large book on the life and work of the late Stanley Meltzoff, a noted U.S. commercial artist, has nearly 190 color plates showing works ranging from illustrations for the Armed Forces’ Stars and Stripes and his covers for Field & Stream, National Geographic, Fortune, Life, Scientific American, the Saturday Evening Post, Sports Illustrated, and other publications to his realistic paintings of all the major game fish in their natural habitats.

Rules Are Not Enough: The Art of Good Governance in the Real World
by Rupert Merson (PMD 71, 1996)
(Profile Business)

Good governance is crucial to the well-being of organizations of every type and size. It should be deeply embedded in an organization’s culture, guiding principles, and behavior. Simply sticking to the rules is not enough. Drawing on his many years of experience and an in-depth understanding of the issues, Merson offers a practical guide to corporate governance and how to make it work in the real world.

Women Want More: How to Capture Your Share of the World’s Largest, Fastest-Growing Market
by Michael J. Silverstein (MBA ’80) and Kate Sayre, with John Butman

A BCG survey in 2008 of the spending habits of 12,000 women in 21 countries found that women’s gains in economic power and social influence have come at a heavy price: women feeling stressed out, time-starved, and overburdened. This book argues that the growing market for products and services that help women claw back time, juggle multiple roles, and capture a few moments of enjoyment will be key to recovering from the current economic downturn.

Building Competitiveness in Africa’s Agriculture: A Guide to Value Chain Concepts and Applications
by C. Martin Webber (MBA ’80) and Patrick Labaste
(World Bank Publications)

There has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in promoting value-chain development as a way to add value, lower transaction costs, diversify rural economies, and help increase rural household incomes. Using real examples, mostly from African countries, this book reviews and illustrates a range of concepts, analytical tools, and methodologies centered on the value chain that can be used to design, implement, and evaluate agricultural and agribusiness development initiatives that strive to enhance productivity and competitiveness.

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