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July 01, 2009

Summer Books: What Are You Reading?

Catherine New
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We asked some of our faculty members what books they are reading or what they recommend this summer. Here are some of their selections. Please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments section.

Maria Guadalupe
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Jonah Rockoff
Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff. (“It’s a classic on game theory and fun to read,” says Rockoff.)

Laurie Simon Hodrick
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. (“It’s an incredibly eye-opening book and it raises even more important questions than it answers,” says Hodrick.)

Ray Fisman
Myth of the Rational Market by Justin Fox (“It connects the academic world of finance to the market ethos that took hold on Wall Street over the past few decades,” says Fisman.)
American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Michael Keehner
The Art and Politics of Science by Harold Varmus. (“He’s an interesting guy — winner of the Nobel prize in medicine, NIH boss and now co-chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisers,” says Keehner. “No doubt he is a player in any healthcare reform package and so I’m curious to see how he choose his particular career journey and how he thinks.”)

Gita Johar
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The Histories by Herodotus
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier

Ray Horton
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William Bernstein
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

Daniel Beunza
Fool’s Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe by Gillian Tett

Joel Brockner
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Seth Freeman
Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists by Adam Dolnik and Keith M. Fitzgerald (read Freeman’s review)
Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare by Mark Anderson (read Freeman’s review)

You can also view this complete list and a list of other faculty-authored books on Public Offering’s Good Reads profile.