01 Sep 2014

Alumni and Faculty Books for September 2014


Alumni Books

Coffee Can Investing: A Better Idea Than Mutual Funds in an IRA or 401(k)
by Terry Allen (MBA 1963)
Fuller Mountain Press

This book describes exactly what to do to maximize returns for those who want to bet on the stock market. It also suggests alternative investment choices for those who might prefer guaranteed tax-free retirement income not subject to Wall Street market fluctuations.


The Tanner Extraction
by Frank X. Biasi (PMD 41, 1981)
F.X. Biasi


Falling in Love Backwards: An Unlikely Tale of Happily Ever After
by Diane Covington-Carter and Landon Carter (MBA 1967)


Entrepreneurial Spirits: Through the Seventeen Principles of Napoleon Hill
by Polycarp Emenike (OPM 38, 2009)
The Napoleon Hill Foundation


The Missing Something Club
by Bill Haylon (MBA 1988)
Terwilliger Press


The Spice Whisperer: My Memoirs in Food
by Bibi Kasrai (MBA 1996)
Ketab Corp.


The 40 Years That Created America: The Story of the Explorers, Promoters, Investors, and Settlers Who Founded America
by Ted Lamont (MBA 1951)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


Fault Lines: A Layman’s Guide to Understanding America’s Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East
by Don Liebich (PMD 30, 1975)

The book explains the fault lines that have often plagued U.S. efforts to protect its national interests in the region and how these ongoing faults have led to a precipitous decline in American influence. The author makes some recommendations on how this decline can be reversed.


The Total Question Workout: The Complete Guide to Asking Better Questions to Get Better Answers for Running Your Business or Your Life
by Bennett McClellan (MBA 1981)

McClellan outlines several stages to answering important questions: fully understand the reasons for asking it; step outside the situation to gain perspective; and reframe the question to open up new possibilities.


Molly Waldo! A Young Man's First Voyage to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Adapted from the Stories of Marblehead Fishermen of the 1800s
by Priscilla L. Moulton and Bethe Lee Moulton (MBA 1978)
The Glide Press


Riverdale: East of the Don
by Elizabeth Muir (HRPBA 1958)
Dundurn Press


Debunking the Bump: Why Most of What You Believe about Navigating Pregnancy Is Wrong
by Daphne Adler Siniscalco (MBA 2004)

This book answers the question, “If you’re a rational individual, what are the top few things you should do differently while pregnant?” The focus is on practical, actionable recommendations. Risks are put into context so women can make their own choices, aware of the trade-offs they’re actually making.


Pursuing Other Opportunities: A Corporate Thriller
by Tom Spears (MBA 1991)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment
by Guy Spier (MBA 1993)
Palgrave Macmillan

This candid memoir takes readers into some of the darker corners of Wall Street but also guides them on becoming a successful investor.


Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes, and Other Short-Form Comedy
by Joe Toplyn (MBA 1979)
Twenty Lane Media LLC

Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider’s guide. He analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it.


Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation
by George Westerman (DBA 2003), Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee (DBA 1999)
HBS Press

The authors highlight how large companies in traditional industries—from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals—are using digital to gain strategic advantage. They illuminate the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. Their results are based on a study of more than 400 global firms, including Asian Paints, Burberry, Caesars Entertainment, Codelco, Lloyds Banking Group, Nike, and Pernod Ricard.


Faculty Books

The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See
by Max Bazerman
Simon & Schuster

This is a guide to making better decisions, noticing important information in the world around you, and improving leadership skills. Drawing on a wealth of real-world examples, from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, Professor Bazerman diagnoses what information went ignored in these situations, and why. Using many of the same case studies and thought experiments designed in his executive MBA classes, he challenges readers to explore their cognitive blind spots, identify any salient details they are programmed to miss, and then take steps to ensure it won’t happen again.


Democracy and Its Elected Enemies: American Political Capture and Economic Decline
by Steven Rosefielde and Daniel Quinn Mills
Cambridge University Press

This book reveals that American politicians have usurped their constitutional authority, substituting their economic and political sovereignty for the people’s. This has been done by creating an enormous public-service sector operating in the material interest of politicians themselves and of their big business and big social advocacy confederates to the detriment of workers, the middle class, and the nonpolitical rich, jeopardizing the nation’s security in the process. The authors contend that this seizure is the source of America’s economic decline and fading international power and provide an action plan for restoring “true” democracy, in which politicians provide only the services people vote for within the civil and property rights protections set forth in the constitution.


Innovation Policy and the Economy 2013. Vol. 14 (National Bureau of Economic Research)
edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern
University of Chicago Press

Appreciation of the importance of innovation to the economy has increased over the past decade with a debate about the implications of technological change for economic policy and the appropriate policies and programs for research, innovation, and the commercialization of new technology. This debate has only intensified as policymakers focus on new sources of innovation and growth in light of the recent economic downturn and the associated focus on enhancing employment and growth. Four of the five papers in this year’s volume highlight the increasing role of the Internet and digitization in our understanding of the changing nature of innovation and entrepreneurship and the impact of innovation policy.


Consumer Lending in France and America: Credit and Welfare
by Gunnar Trumbull
Cambridge University Press

This book traces the historical emergence of modern consumer lending in America and France. Comparison of the two countries reveals that America's love affair with credit was not a consequence of its culture of consumption nor directly a consequence of its less generous welfare state. It emerged instead from evolving coalitions between fledgling consumer lenders seeking to make their business socially acceptable and a range of nongovernmental groups working to promote public welfare, labor, and minority rights. In France, where a similar coalition did not emerge, consumer credit continued to be perceived as economically regressive and socially risky.

Featured Alumni

Featured Alumni

Class of MBA 1963, Section E
follow @TerrysTips
Class of PMD 41
Class of MBA 1967, Section C
Class of OPM 38
Class of MBA 1988, Section A
Class of MBA 1996, Section F
Ted Lamont
Class of MBA 1951, Section F
Class of PMD 30
Class of MBA 1981, Section D
Class of MBA 1978, Section G
follow @MoultonBethe
Class of HRPBA 1958
Class of MBA 2004, Section I
Class of MBA 1991, Section H
follow @sprinklerboss62
Class of MBA 1993, Section E
follow @GSpier
Class of MBA 1979, Section I
Class of DBA 2003
follow @gwesterman
Class of DBA 1999
follow @amcafee

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