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Corporate Finance: The Core [Hardcover]

Jonathan Berk , Peter DeMarzo
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15 Jan 2008
Using the unifying valuation framework based on the Law of One Price, top researchers Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzo set the new standard for corporate finance textbooks. Corporate Finance blends coverage of time-tested principles and the latest advancements with the practical perspective of the financial manager. With this ideal melding of the core with modern topics, innovation with proven pedagogy, Berk and DeMarzo establish the new canon in finance.
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  • Hardcover: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman; 1 edition (15 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321540093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321540096
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An excellent learning tool, bringing real-world examples to a very wide range of key financial concepts. Brings financial theory to life and makes the FT articles accessible to everyone. Very clear explanation of what really happens in financial markets – an excellent practical introduction to corporate finance.”

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“This book is an excellent choice for finance professionals or those who just enjoy reading the finance section of the paper to get an understanding and engage in some of the more topical and complex financial issues. The use of current events as a learning tool sets it apart from other books and puts you in the middle of a discussion on financial theory.”

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About the Author

Jonathan Berk is the Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA in physics from Rice University in 1984, his MA and MPhil in finance from Yale University in 1989, and his PhD in finance from Yale in 1990. He has broad research interests in finance, including asset pricing, corporate valuation, mutual funds, corporate investment, individual decision making, and labor market discrimination. His research has won numerous awards, including the Smith Breeden Prize, the BGI Michael Brennan Award, and the Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence. He has taught both the undergraduate and MBA Corporate Finance courses at Berkeley and also teaches Financial Decision Making and Real Options.


Peter DeMarzo is Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and twice received the outstanding teaching award from students in the school's Sloan Management Program. He earned his BA in cognitive science and applied mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984, his MS in operations research from Stanford in 1985, and his PhD in economics from Stanford in 1989. In addition to his experience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he has taught at the Haas School of Business and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. His research interests include security design, contract theory, corporate financial policy, asymmetric information and trade, and general equilibrium theory. He currently teaches MBA and PhD courses in Corporate Finance and Derivative Securities Markets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful books in excelent condition 8 May 2013
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It was received well and in excellent condition. This book so far the best book to learn corporate finance. I recommend this book to university student whose getting confused about corporate finance lecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook! 24 Nov 2010
This book is used by my buisness school as a required textbook. It is easy to understand and there are a lot of practical columns. It should become a standard textbook in many business schools.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate for the material presented 5 Feb 2012
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I ordered this book for an MBA course. The material is presented in a straight-forward manner and the chapters are explained enough, however I don't know if I would recommend this book to anyone looking to teach themselves this subject, as there are surely other textbooks out there that are more dynamic for self-starters. Having a professor teaching in conjunction with this material is a must in my opinion.

*Please Note* Make SURE when ordering this book you realize that this is NOT the COMPLETE edition of this text; hence "The Core" in the title. There are around 300 extra pages in the full text (seen here:

If buying for class, make sure to check what chapters are covered in your course; if this text meets your needs, it is a great way to save some money as opposed to buying the full edition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's heavy, but it will get you there. 21 April 2010
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Corporate Finance was a snooze to read. The format from text to mathematical theory to example could have been blocked better for easier reading. The problems were helpful and illustrated the math needed. Some of the "excel" problems were using excel for a big calculator, but others were rather tricky and labor intensive. The summaries at the end of each chapter were pretty thorough. There were a lot of "current" information articles from "people in the industry", which of course are already out of date. The book could have saved the trees on that and just provided the "classic" information. Too bad it doesn't come in Kindle format.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but need improvement 31 Dec 2013
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This book is helpful, but need more clear example, sometimes one exercise conflicts with another and it instructs you to retrieve information from previous exercise and does not make any sense.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a deal 19 July 2013
By matt - Published on
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I'm actually buying this book not for a specific class, but because many top 10 finance programs use this book. I got the older edition for about 10% of the cost of the current edition.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 10 April 2013
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My professor stuck with this book for the whole class. It's a great book! Also the book arrive ahead of time so I got a chance to read part of it before class started.
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