Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School

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Penguin, Jul 31, 2008 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Two years in the cauldron of capitalism-"horrifying and very funny" (The Wall Street Journal)

In this candid and entertaining insider's look at the most influential school in global business, Philip Delves Broughton draws on his crack reporting skills to describe his madcap years at Harvard Business School. Ahead of the Curve recounts the most edifying and surprising lessons learned in the quest for an MBA, from the ingenious chicanery of leveraging and the unlikely pleasures of accounting, to the antics of the "booze luge" and other, less savory trappings of student culture. Published during the one hundredth anniversary of Harvard Business School, this is the unflinching truth about life in the trenches of an iconic American institution.
 

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This is a must read if you ever want to earn an MBA, have an MBA, know an MBA, or even know what an MBA is. Philip sheds light into his two years at Harvard Business School as earnest and authentic as he can. The book is funny, eye opening, and thought provoking; a must read.

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Title Page
Chapter Two STARTING OVER
Chapter Four RIDING THE BOOZE LUGE
Chapter Five WHO AM
Chapter Seven TO BETA AND BEYOND
Chapter Eight THE RISK MASTER
Chapter Ten ETHICAL JIHADISTS
Chapter Eleven EXTREME LEVERAGE
Chapter Twelve CHASING THE CURVE
Chapter Thirteen BIG HAIRY GOALS
Chapter Fourteen WATCHING MY CHILDREN GROW LONGER
Chapter Fifteen GRADUATION
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Philip Delves Broughton was born in Bangladesh and grew up in England. From 1998-2004, he served successively as the New York and Paris bureau chief for The Daily Telegraph of London and reported widely from North and South America, Europe and Africa. He led the Telegraph’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks on New York and his reporting has twice been nominated for the British Press Awards. His work has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, and the Spectator. In 2006, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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