Wednesday, May 10, 2006

what do they read at standford Uni ?

What do they read about in their spare time at Stanford Graduate School of Business? The usual— God, baseball, and the collapse of society.

At the end of each fall quarter faculty, students, and staff at the school nominate books they'd like to read for the Books on Break program. The tomes are added to bedside and airplane reading stacks and in January the sponsors host a series of informal book groups to talk about the works— this year 18 in all.

What's on the 2006 list?

After the Quake: Stories, by Haruki Murakami
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
Conspiracy of Paper, David Liss
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High , by Kerry Patterson et al
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeanette Walls
Guns, Germs & Steel : The Fall of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, by Karen Armstrong
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs, by Jerry Avorn
She Wins, You Win, by Gail Evans
The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck
We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change, by Miles Horton and Paolo Freire
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas Friedman.

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