What’s on Your Nightstand?

FuquaNet, a newsletter for Fuqua alumni, has a column called “What’s on Your Nightstand?”  It lists books that Fuqua faculty and staff members have read.  Perhaps you might enjoy one or more of these during the upcoming holiday breaks.   Below are some of the titles mentioned, with the reviewers comments, that we have here at Ford Library (click on the link to place a hold or check availability):

Leadership & Management


  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin). Mountain climbing “bum” Mortenson is saved by poor Pakistani villagers and promises to return to build a school for girls. He succeeds and eventually builds more than fifty throughout Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s poorest regions.
  • The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria (W.W. Norton) deals with a very timely topic, providing a compelling overview of the growth of “the rest of the world” and the diminished influence of the United States in shaping world events. As Zakaria puts it at the beginning of the book, “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.”
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (Oxford University Press).  This is a slim book with a compelling argument from the iconoclastic Oxford development economist and former World Bank executive; Africa is a special focus.
  • In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce (Doubleday).  Luce, the former head of the Financial Times in India, has a great read on India, with all its maddening contradictions.
  • Maximum City: Bombay, Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta (Vintage). India is like life with the volume turned all the way up. Mehta’s account of Bombay captures the vitality and unpredictability of modern, urban India. With most of the world’s population heading for the cities of the developing world, this book captures something of the world we are rapidly becoming.
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Succeed or Fail by Jared Diamond (Penguin). Together with Diamond’s previous volume Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond explores why some societies triumph and others fail.  He weaves together clues from around the world and across disciplines to tell a compelling story.

Professional/Career Development

  • The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By, by Scott Shane (Yale Press). As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about entrepreneurs and the act of new business creation, I am always eager to read other people’s points of view on the subject, even if I don’t share their views.
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (Bantam) a revealing history of the personal development of one of the greatest investors of all time – Warren Buffett. It traces his obsession from early childhood with making money and his fascination with investment securities. The book also describes his incredibly disciplined and studious approach to fundamental research, and his willingness to sit on the sidelines when markets were overheated and also jump in when they were oversold. It helps put into perspective the turmoil we are facing in today’s financial markets and the realization that, as in the past, we will come out of this.

Personal Development

Health Care

  • Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results by Michael Porter and Elizabeth Teisberg (Harvard Business School Press) is another very timely read. In typical Michael Porter style, the central premise of the book focuses on transforming the health care system into one where value-based competition drives it towards increased effectiveness and efficiency.
  • How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (audiobook version)—applies work on decision making and cognitive science to the physician’s decision-making process and the doctor-patient interaction.


Green Capitalism

  • Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green (Bloomsbury Press). Published in early 2008, this is a somewhat ill-timed, but well-written book by the Economist bureau chief who helped shape the public understanding of social entrepreneurship and the application of capitalist principles to the social sector.
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux). Despite the title of Chapter 12: “If It Isn’t Boring, It Isn’t Green,” Friedman uses his exceptional communication gifts to integrate science, policy and business into a compelling argument that’s anything but boring.

Technology and Marketing

One Response to “What’s on Your Nightstand?”

  1. Daniel Lutz Says:

    I’ve read Maximum City: Bombay, Lost and Found , loved it, very interesting. Thanks for this list, I’ll definitely be checking out those listed under globalization if not a couple more!

    Thanks Amy 🙂

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