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Check out WSJ’s Real Time Economics site which provides current economic insight and analysis on economic hot button issues. I was particularly intrigued by this title on the site, “It Took the Telephone 75 Years To Do What Angry Birds Did in 35 Days. But What Does That Mean?” Enjoy!

 

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No time to read? Listen!

Still haven’t read Lean In? How about Crucial ConversationsThe Lexus and The Olive Tree, Ariana Huffington’s Thrive, or Think Like a Freak?  If you have more interest than time, consider listening instead. The GSB Library’s collection of books on disc includes these titles and more by renowned authors like Chip & Dan Heath, Clayton Christensen, Lou Dobbs, Malcom Gladwell, Daniel Goleman, and GSB alumni Seth Godin and Keith Ferazzi. 

Check out our browsing collection of audio books next to the iDesk in the Bass Center, or search for “audio books” in SearchWorks for details on all audio books in the Media Center collection on the lower level. Limit your search to Business Library for best results.
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Holiday reading

The holiday season is at hand — time to hit the slopes. But if there’s no snow to be found after the drought, you might settle in with a good book. Currently on the Library’s Popular Books rack is Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis (HG4628.5.L49 2014) which spins out the story of a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out the U.S. stock market is rigged for the benefit of insiders — and what they do about it.  Says Malcolm Gladwell, “I read Michael Lewis for the same reason I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like.”  Pessimistic these days?  George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (E839.P28 2013) chronicles the story of the U.S. over the last three decades, portraying a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, with its institutions no longer functional and its ordinary citizens left scrambling for survival. Historian David Kennedy writes “Not since John Dos Passos’ celebrated U.S.A. trilogy, which The Unwinding recollects and rivals, has a writer so cunningly plumbed the seething undercurrents of American life.”  Feeling philanthropic?  A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (HV48.K75 2014) is a broad account of people who are making the world a better place and a guide on how to do so for the rest of us, offering success stories from the front lines of social progress. Former President Jimmy Carter notes, “This book is a helpful and inspiring guide for anyone who wonders what difference a single person can make in building a more hopeful world.” And finally, feeling competitive? Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town (HD9773.U74 V38 2014) by Beth Macy documents the story of the Bassett Furniture Company of Bassett, Virginia, and how one man fought back against Chinese competition to save his family’s company, people’s jobs and the town itself. Lee Smith (Guests on Earth) says, “Beth Macy brings globalization to a human scale, giving a real voice and a recognizable face to everyone involved, from factory worker to government official to Chinese importer.”

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‘Scaling Up Excellence’ Scales Up

Congratulations to GSB Profs Huggy Rao and Bob Sutton!  Their recent book  Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less  (call number HD58.8.S887 2014) has been selected by Library Journal as one of the best business books of 2014. Books are chosen by the magazine’s reviewers and columnists. To give you an idea of the company they’re keeping, Thomas Pitketty’s international sensation Capital in the Twenty-first Century is also on the list.  Some of you may recall that Prof Sutton spoke on Scaling Up Excellence at the last Library Speaker Series event in Bass Center.  Be sure to check the Popular Business Books rack in the Library for available copies.

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Hot books

Some books currently on the Popular Books rack inside the GSB Library … From Max H. Bazerman comes The Power of Noticing: What The Best Leaders See (HD30.23.B383 2014), which claims to provide a blueprint for broadening your power of awareness to the point of critical advantage. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman comments “In a compellingly readable book [Bazerman] illustrates the consequences of failing to notice signs of impending disaster, and he teaches executives how to practice vigilance.”  Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty (HC102.5.K65S38 2014) by Daniel Schulman tackles this controversial subject by tracing the complicated lives and legacies of four Koch tycoons, showing how they earned their money and rose to national prominence. With The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business (HF5549.5.S47B76 2014), GSB alum John Browne draws on the latest research and his own experience as a closeted gay man to argue that it’s better for you and your business when you bring your ‘authentic self’ to work. Notes Gen David Petraeus (US Army, ret.), “The Glass Closet is a wonderfully reflective, refreshingly candid account of the remarkable life and times of Lord John Browne who, until he ‘came out’, lived an increasingly uncomfortable double life — rising to the chief executive’s suite as a highly successful corporate leader, while staying in the closet as a gay man until late in his professional life “. Finally, what is the business school coming to?  I never thought I would see a GSB Library book with the Pope’s photo on the cover, but I’ve seen it now. Lead With Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis (HD57.7.K727 2015) by Jeffrey A. Krames argues that you can be as compassionate, authentic and effective as this groundbreaking Pope. Being humble is often considered a weakness, but Krames notes that the Pope’s strength emanates directly from his humility. So, why not do good while you do well?

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Lucky 13

Forbes magazine offers its latest  list  of  13 recommended readings for Fall.  Among them are Ulrich Boser’s The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It MattersThe Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership from Richard Branson,  Lawrence A Cunningham’s Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, Walter Issacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created The Digital Revolution, Jonathan Rosenberg and Eric Schmidt’s How Google Works, and more.

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Welcome to _____________

Interesting article in the New York Times highlights the changes in demographics of the states, showing the origins of people in states over the last 100 or so  years. Where do you live … and where are you from?

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