The Director’s Picks – January 2011

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Here’s the January 2011 installment of Ford Library Director, Meg Trauner’s selections of five recent business books recommended to Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard.

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Lords of strategy: the secret intellectual history of the new corporate world by Walter Kiechell III.

Academics and consultants focused on ideas launch the field of business strategy and develop the framework for describing how companies achieve competitive advantage over others.

The shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas G. Carr

The calm, focused mind of the book reader is being replaced by the new mind of the internet user who finds it difficult to pay attention and to engage in learning. Read our full review.

The big short: inside the doomsday machine by Michael Lewis.

Four players in the subprime mortgage market make millions by betting against the market and shorting risky mortgage deals called CDO contracts. Read our full review.

Crash of the titans: greed, hubris, the fall of Merrill Lynch, and the near-collapse of Bank of America by Greg Farrell

The story of two troubled companies run by deeply flawed people whose failure to understand the risks they were undertaking caused their firms to founder.

Delivering happiness: a path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh

CEO of reveals how he built a dot com business, LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft for $265 million. His next start-up,, struggled to make payroll before becoming a huge success. Read our full review.

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