Year One: An Intimate Look Inside Harvard Business School
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Year One: An Intimate Look Inside Harvard Business School

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Every year hundreds of eager acolytes enter the halls of the Harvard Business School in pursuit of one of the world's most sought-after and potentially lucrative degrees, the Harvard MBA. What they find is a high-powered, high-caffeine environment where ulcers are nourished in breathtaking luxury, and where one must be smart, savvy, and somewhat insane to make it through y...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Quill (first published 1994)
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it's a good thing that i'd never be able to get into harvard business school, because from this first hand account i am entirely positive i would be miserable there. robert reid does a fantastic job of portraying the experience of attending what is arguably the most exclusive business school in the country. it certainly takes a certain kind of individual- a driven, high energy, and extremely self-motivated human being- to survive the cutthroat competition.

the last third of the book drags on a bi...more
Kate Millin
I found the information about hownthe courses work (which was refreshingly frank) very interesting. I had to grit my teeth through the fraternity bits as I do not like the attitudes and behaviours exhibited when doing skits or drinking to exces- but that is no different to how I was when iwas at university! I had thought of doing a business MBA in the past, this book has stimulated my wish to go back to learning as I used to love doing case studies and having stimulating debates. All in all an i...more
This book lets you see into the world of a what a Harvard Business School student experiences. Beginning with the difficult application process through the bizarre classroom structure and hierarchy. Everything has meaning in HBS. It's gives you the feel of an entirely different world of academia than most of us are used to. I highly recommend it.

I would have preferred more depth. The best part were the job interviews.

I disliked his lack of a solution for the case-studies. The case study is the essence of HBS. He would give the details of a case, but he wouldn't provide his thoughts on a solution, nor anyone else's thoughts in the class.
"An accurate, detailed look at the first year at HBS. Gets a little dull reviewing all the classes and interviews, but well seasoned with classic B-schools stories. Much more interesting for anyone who has, or will, attend HBS."
Some clever story lines and jabs at the recording industry. Not on the Pratchett/Adams level though.
It's a criticism on modern day copyright law and the overall legal complex monsters it has created.
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