Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Reading for MBAs!

Hey everyone! Hope summer is going well. Summer ...a great time for some of you who are enrolling in a MBA program to catch up on whats going on in the business world and get a head start on other students headed into school (or at the very least, look intelligent when your tanning on the beach). Here is some business (and non-business) material I highly reccomend...

Bloomberg Businessweek - I was skeptical when Bloomberg bought Businessweek, but as it turns out, I absolutely love their new (and improved!) format. Great for catching up on current events if you find a little too overwhelming at times (really CNBC, you guys have WAY too much going on in your front page). A subscription is around $50 bucks a year, and totally worth it.

The Quants - This book is great if you want a background to the  industry of finance  and the PhD math geeks who were behind all the hedge funds behind the financial crisis, but do yourself a favor and borrow it rather than buy it (or buy it used). Not worth the $25, but an interesting read, no doubt.

Art of the Start - Essential for anyone starting anything. Its a no BS, straightforward guide to starting a company (or really anything) without any "fluff". Guy Kawasaki (the author) is one of the guys who was responsible for making Apple's users so evangelical.

GQ Magazine - Every man should have a subscription to this magazine. End of story. Not only has great articles, but teaches you how to dress, which, believe it or not, is important not only in school but in life.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber - I'm only halfway through this book, but its great if you need something to take your mind of business, and is one of the most genuinely entertaining books ive read in a while. About a Translavnian Hockey Goalie who becomes a Bank Robber.Yeah. Oh, its also based on a true story.

How to Win Friends and Influence People - This book is over 70 years old, but still an amazing book. If your bad at people skills, pick it up and read through it. Twice.

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand is one of the most influential philosophers of the century, if not all time. She basically influenced laissez-faire economic policy in America from the 1950's until today. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, or at least wikipedia her!

Other Books I Like: Anything Anthony Bourdain, God Hates Us All, Downtown Owl, Any Harvard Business Review Book

Allright, well hopefully I helped some of you find something interesting to read for the summer. Or at least I helped you kill 5 minutes of your day by reading this post...

Until next time...

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