New Movies for June, Part 2

June 17th, 2011

Here are the rest of the new titles for this month:

I Can’t Think Straight
The New Age of Walmart
[Rec] 2
Rudy Maxa’s World. Exotic Places (set of travel videos)
Waste Land
Welcome to Macintosh
We Live in Public
Who’s Driving the Dreambus?
The world Unseen
Treme, season 1
True Blood, season 3
Doctor Who, first series

New Research Tool

June 13th, 2011

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Ford Library has upgraded the “Articles” search tab in the Search & Find Box on our home page.

The new article search tool does a more comprehensive search, and delivers search results faster — results will display in around 2 seconds! The new system also searches more content, searching over 90 percent of Duke Libraries journal subscriptions.

When you use this new Article Search, you’ll be searching only for journal articles (the “Content Type” box on the left will be checked Journal Article). Any subsequent search from the results page will search across all content types, adding books, newspaper articles, etc.

You may search across all Duke Libraries collections simultaneously, but there may be times when you want to see only books, only journal articles, etc. You have complete control over this–-simply check the appropriate box under “Content Type.”

If you have any feedback or comments on this new search tool, please share it with us in the comments below, or send email to

– post content adapted from DUL Library News post made 3/4/11.

New Movies for June, Part 1

June 10th, 2011

We have a long list of new titles this month so watch for the second post on Monday.  Here’s the first part of the list:

The Beales of Grey Gardens
Beyond Beijing : exploring China’s cities
Blue Gold
Boogie Man : the Lee Atwater story
Digital Underground in the People’s Republic
Dirt! : the Movie
Faubourg Tremé : the Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Flight of the Conchords: the complete collection
Frontline : The Madoff affair
Frontline: The Warning
The Girl who Leapt through Time
Here and There
The Hunt for Black Gold

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands

June 2nd, 2011

Continuing the focus on international resources, I thought this would be a good month to highlight Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands (KBS), a database of dos and don’ts around the world.

Searchable by country, KBS provides you with a look at the country’s history, government, key phrases, views, protocol, business etiquette, and more.  If you need to know what’s expected of you if hosting a dinner party or what you can expect during a deal negotiation, this will be a useful source for you.  In addition to business settings, you will also learn about cultural norms and safety tips thus giving you a better insight on why dinner starts after 9pm or when to be wary of volcanoes.  This is an entertaining and informative resource whether you’re traveling to Europe this summer or staying home.

New Movies for May

May 19th, 2011

Here are our latest titles:

3 Idiots
Back-Up Plan
Country Strong
Desert Son
The Dilemma
Downton Abbey
The Green Hornet
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Human Planet
I Love You Phillip Morris
Just Wright
The King’s Speech
Rabbit Hole
Summer Eleven
The Way Back
A Wrinkle in Time

Goodbye and Good Luck!

May 5th, 2011

Farewell, dear students.

We say goodbye to Fuqua students, and extend our best wishes to those graduating at the close the 2010-11 academic year.   We hope that in the coming months, you will discover quiet moments to enjoy reading something refreshing – in airport terminals, at the beach or before turning in for the night.

As a parting gift, below are quick summaries of 10 new books, covering topics from advertising to work.   You can download this list along with reviews of 10 additional titles in this PDF document. I hope you enjoy them.

Good luck, everyone!

The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate our Culture
By Terry O’Reilly and Mike Tennant
Witty creators of the Age of Persuasion radio series explain why some ads work and some don’t; how marketing and advertising depend on each other;  and how they affect our everyday lives.

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader
By Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback
Becoming a  good boss takes years of learning and practice.  This book shows how to manage yourself, your network and your team.

Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street
By Charles Gasparino
Fox News reporter Gasparino argues that the White House rewarded its most powerful campaign donors in the financial industry by structuring the bailout in a way that let the biggest banks earn massive profits.

Read more …

The Best Business Books of 2010

April 27th, 2011

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Selections from Library Journal’s list of the Best Business Books of 2010, with annotations edited by Meg Trauner, Ford Library Director. You can also download the full listing as an annotated PDF here.


Bennis, Warren with Patricia Ward Biederman. Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.

Recounts Bennis’s early experiences as a World War II soldier and Antioch College student, as well as stories from his academic career with notable colleagues including Doug McGregor, Erik Erikson, Werner Erhard, and Tom Peters.


Carey, David & John E. Morris. King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone.

Presents the world of private equity and buyouts by focusing on the Blackstone firm and its principal, Steve Schwarzman. Also available as an audiobook.


Gwartney, James D. & others. Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity.

Explains basic economic ideas and theories, and discusses the interplay of politics and economics, while making suggestions for practicing personal financial responsibility.


Johnson, Simon & James Kwak. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown.

Explores the historical background in the Founding Fathers’ debate on banking and financial institutions and assert that the bailouts of America’s largest banks have made them bigger, more powerful, and more dangerous. Read our full review here.

Read more …

ISI Emerging Markets

April 26th, 2011

Last month I posted on the language program Byki, this month I’d like to highlight ISI Emerging Markets, a database that covers the world’s most dynamic economies.  Several times a year, Fuqua students study about and travel to locations such as China, South Africa, and India.  On these trips, they tour major companies which allows them to witness how business is conducted, products are made, and strategies are planned.

One of the resources I point them to when they’re planning their visit is ISI Emerging Markets, a database covering more than 30 countries.  Pulling their content from current economic data, company and industry information, news both in English and non-English, and financial market reports, this source is a one stop shop for much of their research.  In addition, our international students find it a useful repository for current and past news from familiar sources which may be hard to locate when abroad.  While much of this information might be found on the open web, ISI’s ease of use and scope make this an essential database for anyone interested in global economics, news, or business.

Book Reviews: 3 Business Biographies

April 22nd, 2011

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Three engaging new books capture the success and significance of larger-than-life businessmen, Sir Thomas Lipman, Albert Lasker and Felix Rohatyn.

D’Antonio, Michael. A full cup : Sir Thomas Lipton’s extraordinary life and his quest for the America’s Cup. Riverhead Books, 2010.

A self-made man and millionaire tea baron became the first celebrity CEO through endless self-promotion.  In the last half of his life, he allowed his business to erode while he sought fame in yachting.

Cruikshank, Jeffrey L. The man who sold America : the amazing (but true!) story of Albert D. Lasker and the creation of the advertising century. Harvard Business Review Press, 2010.

A portrait of the man who took the concept “Advertising is salesmanship in print,” and created the most powerful advertising agency in the world, turning brands like Sunkist, Kleenex and Lucky Strike into household names.

Rohatyn, Felix G. Dealings : a political and financial life. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

A personal account of a Jewish boy who escaped Nazi-occupied France in 1940 and grew up to become CEO of Lazard Freres, which transformed the entertainment industry through M&A.  Later in life he saved NYC from bankruptcy and then returned to France as US ambassador.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
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Books on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

April 20th, 2011

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Today (April 20) is the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil disaster in American waters in history. The catastrophe began with a series of explosions on the drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 crew members and caused an massive eruption on the wellhead on the ocean floor. The oil gushed for 10 weeks, releasing 20 times more oil than the Exxon Valdez, killing wildlife and ruining the livelihoods of thousands of people who make their living in and around the Gulf.

The two books below provide clear accounts of the disaster, detailing what actually happened and why. BP is one of the largest and most profitable oil companies in the world and promotes its green efforts. Yet corporate policies for cost cutting and for rushing to pump oil led to shortchanged safety features that protect both drilling employees and the environment. Routine maintenance was shoddy and safety improvements were postponed. Federal regulators also share in the blame for not noticing.

BP has paid billions of dollars to victims, yet management has admitted nothing that would lead to a reform of corporate culture. This disaster is ripe for repeat.

Steffy, Loren C. Drowning in oil : BP and the reckless pursuit of profit. McGraw-Hill, 2011.

Business journalist from the Houston Chronicle provides a clear, thorough and readable account of the disaster, analyzing its roots and implications.

Freudenburg, William R. Blowout in the Gulf : the BP oil spill disaster and the future of energy in America. MIT Press, 2011.

Two environmental scholars provide insights into BP, industrial risk-taking, and the histories of oil exploration and US energy policy.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
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