Resources & Reviews

A review of The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger In The Spirit Level, English social scientists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett make a comprehensive case, supported by statistical evidence, that the root cause of the majority of society’s health and welfare problems is social inequality […]

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A review of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique, by Michael S. Gazzaniga. Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique By Michael S. Gazzaniga Ecco, 2008, 464 pages For centuries, anyone who looked at a globe could see that the east coast of South America fit rather neatly into the west coast of […]

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A review of How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In, by Jim Collins. How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In By Jim Collins HarperCollins, 2009, 240 pages There is much to criticize about the business book genre: Many of the books are articles that don’t merit expansion; loose […]

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A review of Smart Growth, by Edward D. Hess. Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth By Edward D. Hess Columbia University Press, 2010 Edward D. Hess, professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, has a heretical thought: Growth may not be […]

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A review of The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves By Matt Ridley HarperCollins, 2010 In The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley makes a lengthy, breezy, almost Panglossian case for what he calls rational optimism regarding the future of the human race. He is impatient with the doomsayers, whom he calls apocaholics, and […]

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A review of The Curse of the Mogul, by Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave. The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies By Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave Portfolio, 2009, 318 pages The media business has long been the home of outsized egos […]

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A review of Gods at War, by Steven M. Davidoff. Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion Gods at War is Steven M. Davidoff’s take on the factors that drive and sustain deal making, with particular attention to the last decade and the role of government, as both deal regulator […]

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A review of The Road from Ruin, by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top Originally published in Strategy + Business on August 24, 2010 By Matthew Bishop and Michael Green Crown Business, 2010 In The Road from Ruin, two Englishmen have attempted to combine a serious, […]

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A review of The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong, by Matthew Stewart. The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong By Matthew Stewart W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 352 pages Matthew Stewart, a peripatetic American who writes with an English accent, is a former management consultant with a doctorate in […]

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A review of Beating the Commodity Trap, by Richard A. D’Aveni. Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power By Richard A. D’Aveni Harvard Business Press, 2010, 208 pages In Beating the Commodity Trap, Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategic management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, presents the results of […]

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