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December 09, 2008

Faculty Books Make Best of 2008 List

Catherine New
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Two books by Columbia Business School faculty were named to the Economist’s list of the best books of 2008.

Congratulations to Professor Amar Bhidé and his book The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World. Here’s the magazine’s snapshot review:

A counterintuitive view of technology and globalization that will delight those who believe that American innovation is insulated from economic ups and downs.

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes was also on the list (and was the source for a popular online video circulating earlier this year). Here’s what the magazine said about the book:

With the patience of auditors and the passion of polemicists, two academics, one a Nobel prize-winning economist and the other a public-finance expert at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, take an unflinching look at the hidden cost of invading Iraq.

What else was on book critics’ shelves this year? Fast Company magazine has a nifty interactive feature on their best business reads of the year, and for a comprehensive guide to all of the year-end compilations, check out this blog.