The Book Corner

2009 Volume 12 Issue 3

The Book Corner offers reviews by Graziadio School faculty on a variety of books on business topics.

In this issue:

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

By Niall Ferguson
Penguin Press, 2008



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4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

Accomazzo: Countries that were not able to innovate, Ferguson writes, but that responded to the challenges with cumulative bad choices, quickly reached breaking points with extreme consequences.

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5 stars: Stop what you're doing and read this book!Jasso: Through powerful narrative and artful storytelling, the reader is compelled to embrace the urgency of Ferguson’s thesis: breaking down the barriers of ignorance about finance.

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Executing Your Strategy: How to Break It Down and Get It Done

By Mark Morgan, William A. Malek, Raymond E. Levitt
Harvard Business School Press, 2007

Reviewed by Jack C. Green, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Department Chair, Strategy Entrepreneurship, and Information Systems and Technology Management

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

The authors provide a detailed approach to strategy implementation using project management as a guideline.

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From the Bureau to the Boardroom: 30 Management Lessons from the FBI

By Dan Carrison
AMACOM, 2009

Reviewed by Leo A. Mallette, EdD, Adjunct, Decision Sciences and Marketing

5 stars: Stop what you're doing and read this book!

Each page applies lessons from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to the business world, ranging from corporate mission and branding to motivation, teamwork, and planning for the future.

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The Genius Machine: The 11 Steps That Turn Raw Ideas into Brilliance

By Gerald Sindell
New World Library, 2009

Reviewed by Rogelio Nochebuena, Adjunct Professor of Strategy

2 stars: Read this book if and when you have the time

Readers interested in developing ways to awaken their creative capabilities and exploring new thinking may find valuable information in this book, but no panaceas.

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The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession

By Richard C. Koo
Wiley, 2009

Reviewed by Davide Accomazzo, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Finance

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

What makes Koo’s work particularly valuable is his extension of his analysis of the Japanese anomaly to a macro-economic theory to help us deploy monetary and fiscal policy correctly at times of similar critical turbulence.

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Investing Against the Tide: Lessons From a Life Running Money

By Anthony Bolton
FT Press Prentice Hall, 2009

Reviewed by Davide Accomazzo, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Finance

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

This book is a testament to the author’s 40 years’ experience; it is a structured and complete, yet simple, investment manual.

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Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

By Bob Johansen
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009

Reviewed by Robert M. Fulmer, PhD, GBR Editorial Review Board Member

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

Johansen argues convincingly that in a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (what he calls the VUCA world), leaders must learn new skills in order to create a better future.

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Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results

By William F. Baker, PhD, and Michael O’Malley, PhD
AMACOM, 2009

Reviewed by John Oppenheim, Adjunct Professor of Management Information Systems

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

In only six chapters the authors capture the essence of what a young executive-to-be needs to know about human relations in order to run a company in today’s environment.

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The Make Money on Foreclosures Answer Book

By Denise L. Evans
Sphinx Legal, 2008

Reviewed by Michael Kinsman, CPA, PhD, Professor of Finance and Accounting

5 stars: Stop what you're doing and read this book!

Evans provides easy-to-follow questions and clear answers to nearly every question I could pose regarding foreclosure.

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Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

By Brian Tracy
AMACOM, 2009

Reviewed by Walter Langley, Supporting Professor, Business Strategy

5 stars: Stop what you're doing and read this book!

Tracy methodically guides the reader through “Seven R’s” that he believes contribute to positive change in one’s life.

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Retire Rich from Real Estate

By Marc W. Andersen
Sphinx Legal, 2007

Reviewed by Michael Kinsman, CPA, PhD, Professor of Finance and Accounting

3 stars: Valuable information and a good read

The author provides background that will hopefully help readers avoid the mistakes new real estate investors often make.

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Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street

By Kate Kelly
Penguin Press, 2008

Reviewed by John J. Scully, PhD, CPA, Practitioner Faculty of Accounting and Finance

4 stars: Thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating material

This tale of Bear Sterns’ demise should motivate organizations to carefully scrutinize the strengths and weaknesses of their leadership teams.

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Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers

By Bridget Brennan
Crown Business, 2008

Reviewed by John Nolan, Adjunct Professor of Marketing

3 stars: Valuable information and a good read

Brennan contends that gender is the most powerful determinant in a person’s view of the world —more than race, age, income, creed, or ethnicity.

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Graziadio Business Review, is an online journal that delivers relevant business information and analysis for business, government, and non-profit managers. From accounting and finance to ethics and work/life balance, the Graziadio Business Review extends current business debates in new directions that you can use to advance your business and professional career.

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