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    favorite (non-acad) books for business Phds

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    I have a long commute these days to school and hence have decided to read something non-serious while travelling. Can you list your favorite book(s)? I am specifically looking for books related to business (for eg. the innovator's dilemma, blue ocean strategy, lean start-up etc. just to name a few), also if you have anything else lighter along the likes of Phd comics, then those books are welcome as well

    Thanks for your suggestions

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    Blood Meridian is the pinnacle of American literature. It is not, however, about business. It is about the institutions that protect (coddle?) us, the fragility and importance of those institutions, and the tremendous cost paid to realize them in their current incarnation in American.

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a great, lighter book. Again, not about business, but wildly entertaining nonetheless. It's a science fiction comedy, so something of a niche audience.

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    I like xkcd if you are looking along the lines of PhD comics.

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    Too Big to Fail - Sorkin. A Conspiracy of Fools - Eichenwald. House of Cards - Cohan. Barbarians at the Gates - Burroughs and Hellyer.

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    A history of the english speaking peoples -by me
    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 -about me but by William Manchaster
    ... more "business-like", you say? ...
    The Necessary Nature of Future Firms - George Huber
    The no ******* rule -Robert Sutton
    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism- Chang

    The art of choosing -Sheena Ivengar
    Liar's Poker, Moneyball -Lewis
    Freakonomics -Levitt & Dubner
    The Knowing-Doing Gap -Pfeffer & Sutton
    How will you Measure your life? -Clayton Christensen
    Fooled by Randomness -Nassim Taleb
    I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

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    I don't like to read..

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    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism- Chang

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    Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty - Robert Friedel

    A lot of people study the impact of essential technologies that have changed over time. The zipper is an interesting case of an inessential technology, that has remained unchanged for the last 100 years. (Literally!) Friedel's book is the story of how of a novelty item called the hookless fastener that through 20 years of tinkering and 40 years of begging by desperate salesmen went onto become an indelible component of modern fashion.

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    what are these non-academic books you speak of?
    This is hard work

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    Quote Originally Posted by doingfine View Post
    what are these non-academic books you speak of?
    Like the ones being proposed here... (I meant any book other than textbooks)

    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism- Chang
    I like this one, will start with this, thanks a lot guys for the suggestions.

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