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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 16 May 2011, 23:20
welcome

though one is recommended to read Amazon reviews for eahc of this

Some of these are very old and have never gained a critcal mass of following to be called great reads
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 17 May 2011, 08:42
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Here are some of mine:

1. Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life (Srikumar S. Rao)

The premise is simple: A person's ideal life, especially their career, can be carefully conceived and crafted. Based on Dr. Rao's popular course "Creativity and Personal Mastery" at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, this book offers a series of readings, exercises, and lessons drawn from both spiritual and commercial situations that enable you to reconstruct and improve your professional world. This transformation will turn your life around and help you become exponentially more effective in your chosen career and thereby flourish in all aspects of your life. Whether you are questioning the value of money or the core values of your life, this book is a powerful tool that will help you to "discover the purpose that can suffuse your life and bring stars to your eyes."



2. Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful - No Matter What (Srikumar S. Rao)

Learn to create resilience and happiness no matter what’s going on in your life

In these tough times, there are few people who are completely happy with the current conditions. From business executives to the everyday Joe or Jane, everyone seems to be going through a rough economic and personal crunch. But acclaimed business school Professor Srikumar Rao says that we can learn to create joy no matter what else may be going on around us.

Rao shows you that it isn't the negative thing that happens to you that causes your unhappiness, it's how you see it. Happiness at Work is a thought-provoking new title that moves the mind away from negativity and forces you to resist labeling situations as "bad", but rather seeing them as neutral.

Happiness at Work provides:

Surprising ways of looking at change and problem-solving
Exercises that shift one’s perspective

Learn the vital wisdom necessary to achieving a joyful, successful life as you define it through greater resilience and a strong inner core. Get it now with The Happiness Choice.



I am reading Happiness at work - quite interesting. I am through about 20% of the book and so far I think it may work but too early to tell. Thanks again for the suggestion.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 31 May 2011, 10:26
I've read all of those. Any other suggestions?





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The Goldman Sachs Suggested Reading List

Industry Background and Flavor

Understanding Wall Street by Jeffrey Little & Lucien Rhodes
The Global Bankers by Roy Smith
The Money Masters by John Train
The New Money Masters by John Train
Money Masters of Our Time by John Train
The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham
The Visual Investor: How to Spot Market Trends by John J. Murphy
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Warren Buffett
Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The Worlds by Mary Buffett and David Clark
The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor by Robert G. Hagstrom Jr.
The Alchemy of Finance: Reading the Mind of the Market by George Soros
Bill Gross on Investing by William H. Gross
Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street by Peter L. Bernstein
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay
Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of the House of Lehman by Ken Auletta
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow
The House of Nomura: The Inside Story of the Legendary Japanese Financial Dynasty by Albert Alletzhauser
The New Crowd: The Changing of the Jewish Guard on Wall Street by Judith Ramsey Ehrlick & Barry J. Rehfeld
One Up On Wall Street : How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market by Peter Lynch
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
“Our Crowd”: The Great Jewish Families of New York by Stephen Birmingham
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre
Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country by William Greider
Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve by George Soros, Bryon Wien & Krisztina Koenen
Guerrilla Investing: Winning Strategies for Beating the Wall Street Professionals by Peter Siris
The Battle For Investment Survival by Gerald Loeb
Money and Power: The History of Business by Howard B. Means
The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power: 1653-2000 by John Steele Gordon
Toward Rational Exuberance: The Evolution of the Modern Stock Market by B. Mark Smith
100 Years of Wall Street by Charles R. Geisst, Richard A. Grasso
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Gordon Malkiel
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher
The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street’s Bullish 60s by John Brooks
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter Bernstein
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay, Martin Fridson, Joseph de la Vega
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles Kindleberger
The Big Board: A History of the New York Stock Market by Robert Sobel
The Chastening: Inside The Crisis That Rocked The Global Financial System And Humbled The Imf by Paul Blustein
From Here to Economy: A Shortcut to Economic Literacy by Todd G. Buchholz
After the Trade Is Made: Processing Securities Transactions by David Weiss
The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered by George Soros
Martin Zweig’s Winning on Wall Street by Martin Zweig
Money Game by Adam Smith
The Fed : The Inside Story How World’s Most Powerful Financial Institution Drives Markets by Martin Mayer
Maestro : Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom by Bob Woodward
The Quotations of Chairman Greenspan: Words from the Man Who Can Shake the World by Larry Kahaner

The following popular works are, of course, exaggerated depictions of the darker side of the industry. However, they do provide some of the flavor of life on “The Street.”

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burroughs and John Helyar
Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders by Connie Bruck
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenthal
Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader by Frank Portnoy
Confessions of a Street Addict by James J. Cramer
Den of Thieves by James B. Stuart
Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle by John Rolfe and Peter Troob
Next: The Future Just Happened by Michael Lewis
The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis

Broad Industry History

Investment Banking: A Tale of Three Cities by Samuel L. Hayes III and Philip M. Hubbard
A History of Corporate Finance by Jonathan Barron Baskin and Paul J. Miranti, Jr.
Global Banking by Roy C. Smith and Ingo Walter
Wall Street Women by Anne B. Fisher
In the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street by Gregory S. Bell
The Last Partnerships : Inside the Great Wall Street Money Dynasties by Charles R. Giesst
The City of London, vol 1-4 by David Kynaston
The Rise and Fall of the Merchant Bank by Erik Banks
The London Stock Exchange: A History by Ranald Michie
The Death of Gentlemanly Capitalism by Philip Augar

Analytical and Reference

Periodicals

Wall Street Journal (daily, Monday through Friday)
Barron’s (weekly publication)

General

Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms by John Downes & Jordan Elliot Goodman
The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham
International Economics: Theory And Policy by Paul R. Krugman
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing by Kenneth M. Morris
The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall Street Journal by Michael B. Lehman
Financial Times Guide to Using the Financial Pages by Romesh Vaitilingam
The Atlas of Economic Indicators: A Visual Guide to Market Forces, and the Federal Reserve by W. Stansbury Carnes, Stephen D. Slifer
Wall Street Words: An Essential A to Z Guide for Today’s Investor by David Logan Scott

FICC & Equities

The Bond Book, Third Edition: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More by Annette Thau
The Most Powerful Bank: Inside Germany’s Bundesbank by David Marsh
Controlling & Managing Interest Rate Risk by Anthony G. Cornyn and Robert A. Klein
The Handbook of Fixed Income Securities by Frank J. Fabozzi
The Money Market by Marcia Stigum
Money Market Bond Calculations by Marcia Stigum
Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment by David F. Swensen

Options/Derivatives

How I Trade Options by Jon Najarian
Options as a Strategic Investment by Lawrence McMillan
Options:Essential Concepts by The Options Institute
Options For The Stock Investor: How Any Investor Can Use Options to Enhance and Protect their Return by James B. Bittman
Trading Index Options by James B. Bittman
All About Options: The Easy Way to Get Started by Thomas A. McCafferty
How the Options Markets Work by Joseph A. Walker
Mastering Derivatives Markets: A step-by-step guide to the products, applications and risks by Francesca Taylor
McMillan on Options by Lawrence G. McMillan
New Financial Instruments by Julian Walmsley
Options, Futures and Other Derivatives by John C. Hull

IMD (Investment Management Division)

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management by Frank Reilly and Keith Brown

Written About, By or For Money Managers and Traders

Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager
The New Market Wizards: Conversations with America’s Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager
Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America’s Top Stock Traders by Jack D. Schwager
Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master by Victor Sperandeo
Trader Vic II: Principles of Professional Speculation by Victor Sperandeo
Exceptional Trading: The Mind Game by Ruth Barrons Roosevelt
Trading to Win: The Psychology of Mastering the Markets by Avi Kiev
The Disciplined Trader: Developing Winning Attitudes by Mark Douglas
Stan Weinstein’s Secrets For Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets by Stan Weinstein
Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude by Mark Douglas and Thom Hartle
Trading in the Zone : Maximizing Performance with Focus and Discipline by Ari Kiev
Trading With Crowd Psychology by Carl Gyllenram
Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street’s Champion Day Trader by Martin S. Schwartz et al
The Master Swing Trader: Tools and Techniques to Profit from Outstanding Short-Term Trading Opportunities by Alan S. Farley
How to Trade In Stocks by Jesse Livermore
The Market Maker’s Edge: A Wall Street Insider by Josh Lukeman
The Super Traders: Secrets and Successes of Wall Street’s Best and Brightest by Alan Rubenfeld
Zebra In Lion Country by Ralph Wanger with Everett Mattlin
Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John J. Murphy
Hit and Run Trading: The Short-Term Stock Traders’ Bible by Jeff Cooper
Hit and Run Trading II: Capturing Explosive Short-Term Moves in Stocks by Jeff Cooper
Street Smarts: High Probability Short-Term Trading Strategies by Laurence A. Connors and Linda Bradford Raschke
The 5 Day Momentum Method by Jeff Cooper
The Real Holy Grail: Money Management Techniques of Top Traders by Eddie Kwong
Trading Connors VIX Reversals by Laurence A. Connors and Gregory Che

Written by Current or Former Goldman Sachs Employees

The Five Great Myths About China and The World by Jonathan Anderson and Fred Hu; PPP Company Limited; 2003
Exploring General Equilibrium by Fischer Black; MIT Press; 1995
Business Cycles and Equilibrium by Fischer Black; Blackwell Publishers; 1991
Managing Currency Risk by Fischer Black; Association for Investment Management & Research; 1989
Old Girls’ Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World by Connie Duckworth, Sharon Whiteley
Goldman Sachs : The Culture of Success by Lisa Endlich; Knopf; 1999
Beginning the Journey: China the United States and the WTO by Robert Hormats; Council on Foreign Relations Press; 2001
Global Aging and Financial Markets: Hard Landings Ahead by Robert Hormats; Center for Strategic and International Studies; 2002
The Boundaryless Organization: Breaking the Chains of Organization Structure, Revised and Updated by Steve Kerr
The GE Work-Out : How to Implement GE’s Revolutionary Method for Busting Bureaucracy & Attacking Organizational Proble by Steve Kerr; McGraw-Hill Trade; 2002
The Practice of Risk Management by Bob Litterman; Euromoney Publications PLC, 1998
Foundations for Financial Economics by Bob Litzenberger and Chi-fu Hwang Prentice Hall; 1998
Markets, Mobs & Mayhem: How to Profit From the Madness of Crowds by Robert Menschel John Wiley & Sons; 2002
Adam Smith and the Origins of American Enterprise by Roy C. Smith St. Martin’s Press; 2002
Wealth Creators : The Rise of Today’s New Rich and Super-Rich by Roy C. Smith; St. Martin’s Press; 2001
The Global Bankers by Roy C. Smith; BeardBooks, Incorporated; 2000
High Finance in the Euro-Zone: Competing in the New European Capital Market by Roy C. Smith; Pearson Education; 2000
The Money Wars: The Rise & Fall of the Great Buyout Boom of the 1980s by Roy C. Smith; BeardBooks, Incorporated; 2000
Cases and Readings in Markets, Ethics, and Law by Roy C. Smith; Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing; 1996
Street Smarts: Linking Professional Conduct With Shareholder Value in the Securities Industry by Roy C. Smith; Harvard Business School Publishing, 1997
Global Banking by Roy C. Smith Oxford University Press; 1995
Comeback: The Restoration of American Banking Power in the New World Economy by Roy C. Smith; Harvard Business School Publishing; 1993
Securities Markets in the 1980s: The New Regime 1979-1984 by Barrie A. Wigmore; Oxford University Press; 1997
The Crash and Its Aftermath: A History of Securities Markets in the United States, 1929-1933 (Contributions in Economics and Economic History) by Barrie A. Wigmore; Greenwood Publishing Group; 1986
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 13:51
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I've read all of those. Any other suggestions?


I heard anything by Doctor Seuss is amazing!
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 13:56
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mreevit wrote:
I've read all of those. Any other suggestions?


I heard anything by Doctor Seuss is amazing!



Probably right at my maturity level too!
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 14:02
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I've read all of those. Any other suggestions?


I heard anything by Doctor Seuss is amazing!


Second that and also have you seen my post. mba-books-good-books-to-read-prior-to-mba-74557.html
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 23:01
An update on a couple of the books that I have read thus far:

- "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi - Amazing, highly recommend. Revolutionized my entire way of seeing how I stay in contact with people (or how awful I am at it, actually). Puts the importance of people in perspective (we sometimes forget in this digital age).

- "Built to Last" by Jim Collins - Also an excellent book. Makes you think about the type of company you want to work for or create. And what's important in a company as an employee, manager, owner, etc.

I'm currently reading "Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy" - I'll let you know what I think once I'm done.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 07:34
I'm lost ! :shock: So many great indications and I am struggling to choose a couple...

I have a gift card and I want to get a sense about IB... I may try a summer job in IB in my home country...

So, which would be the must-have books for someone thinking in IB ?

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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 08:31
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I'm lost ! :shock: So many great indications and I am struggling to choose a couple...

I have a gift card and I want to get a sense about IB... I may try a summer job in IB in my home country...

So, which would be the must-have books for someone thinking in IB ?

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To just get a general sense of what IB entails and is, I recommend Monkey Business. It's a great book that provides some insights as to what an associate does at the MBA level in investment banks.

For books that are not so directly related to what bankers do, but still good reads for general history of IB, Blue Blood & Mutiny is a great book (talks about Morgan Stanley's beginning and it's ousting of its CEO). When Genius Failed is a good book that talks about John Merriweather, who was a managing director (or some other high level title) at Salomons and his company of Long-Term Capital Management's rise and fall. Another good read - Barbarians at the Gate. Liar's Poker is another good read (also talked about Merriweather's time at Salomons). Basically, the books I listed are all pretty good IB books to read to get a sense of its history, its battle, its ebbs and flows. But again, if you're not too sure of what IB is, Monkey Business by John Rolfe is a very good start. (these are just my personal opinions)
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 19:09
I have gone through this thread and have a few specific queries:

Any suggested autobiographies/biographies/memoirs of great business leaders. I have read "Who says elephants cant dance by Louis Gerstner" and liked it. Most of the reviews that I read on some of the other leaders seem to consider them as self promotional than inspirational or informative, hence this query.

Moreover on the consulting side I read The Mckinsey Way and found in short and interesting. Any similar books on other consulting majors?

Any help highly appreciated.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 19:35
In the leadership category, I would recommend Winning by Jack Welch,former CEO of GE. Inspirational book!
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 07:55
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Once the reading list gets tool long I get overwhelmed by the list itself, leave alone the fact that each of those books is hundred pages. So here is my short list for pre-MBA reading geared specifically for poets who are concerned by the MBA quantitative courses and would like to get a leg up on them. I have had personal experience with each of those books, even if to various degrees, and would recommend them to all my fellow MBA poets:
The Accounting Game. Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand. By Mullis and Orloff.
Basic Statistics. Tales of Distribution. By Chris Spatz.
Principles of Economics. By N. Gregory Mankiw.
Case Studies & Coctails

A more detailed post Pre-MBA Reading List for Poets - http://parttimembadegree.com/2011/07/27 ... ist-poets/ on these recommendation is on my blog.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 15:20
The (Mis)behavior of markets by Benoit Mandelbrot & Richard L. Hudson

One kick-ass book on finance that will give you the skepticism you will need in applying knowledge from your finance and statistics classes.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2011, 02:48
I really like this thread. It contains a lot of knowledge.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2011, 10:05
mark~~~ good summary!
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 01:16
I am currently reading Too Big To Fail. Finished reading quarter of it. Describes the event that eventually led to financial crisis. Has too many characters in the plot sometimes it get bit daunting to keep pace with different characters and what role they play.

Hope it picks up some speed too, because right now it is too slow to read.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 12:33
Regarding Atlas Shrugged -
If you're looking for a book reinforcing your capitalist views, you may enjoy this book. If you're looking for a well written intellectual story, read Fountainhead instead. Rand sacrifices the story of Atlas Shrugged in order to beat the reader over and over with her philosophy. She puts almost no effort in incorporating her message into a meaningful story, but instead goes on 100 page speeches (as has been mentioned) repeating what she has already said earlier in the book. As a philosophy major, I have to say she gives a very one-sided view of the arguments. She often fallaciously straw-mans the opposition's view, creating an uninteresting discussion of economic principals. While I agree with many of the beliefs she espouses, others are just too extreme.

So while Fountainhead may not be about capitalism directly, it is a fantastic book.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 04:43
Very good thread. Unfortunately, I will not have enough time to read more than 5 or 6 books until the beginning of my classes.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 04:59
Very useful information for people who are about to start their MBA journey. Thanks a lot for posting.
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Re: MBA Books - Good books to read prior to MBA [Merged] [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 04:12
Great website and great thread. I regret why I did not come here 2 years before, well better late than never guess. :-D
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