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Ahead of the Curve by Philip Delves Broughton
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Sep 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, business
Read from September 18 to 27, 2010

A great account of two years at Harvard Business School from a former journalist. The perspective of a mid-30's professional with a wife and kids getting thrown in to classes with early/mid-20's ex-bankers and consultants adds a lot to the character of the book. The most interesting theme for me was the author's constant back-and-forth trying to go into an engaging and sustainable job vs the temptation to compare himself to his class-mates, overwhelmingly going off to make enormous salaries in jobs that most knew would make them miserable.

Also worth mentioning, the new afterward in the 2nd edition examines the role of the best and brightest HBS grads in the financial meltdown as well as the school's response and admitted (non)-responsibility for educating business leaders to avoid catastrophes such as the '08 crisis. I thought that amendment was the most damning view of HBS (and other business schools by association) the story has to offer.

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