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Principles of Corporate Finance (McGraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Est) [Hardcover]

Richard A. Brealey , Stewart C. Myers
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May 2002 0072467665 978-0072467666 7th edition
This international edition provides increased coverage of the procedures for estimating the cost of capital, expanded coverage of risk management techniques and the use and misuse of derivatives, and additional coverage of agency problems.


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  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 7th edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072467665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072467666
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,886,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars good 23 Sep 2013
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arrived quickly and was as I expected. It was suitable for my purpose. i love it very much any way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars no book, no response 26 Dec 2012
By Ekysha
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After bought this book one month, there is no news at all. When I try to contact, there is no response at all, neither. I am sure I won't buy any book here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good at some things, but poor at others 31 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There should be two categories for reviews of this book. One is for those are looking for a review or reference and one for those who are learning the material for the first time. This review takes the latter perspective. If this is your first time learning the material, this book is pretty good at some things and pretty awful at others. My rating of 3 stars is an average score of 2 main categories of corporate finance
- Project Investment Decision (NPV/ Capital Budgeting/Project Valuation/ Real Options) - 5 Stars - The book does a very good job here. This is somewhat mechanical and by doing problems, one can understand and master this important material on one's own.
- Capital Structure (obtaining the money for these investments, paying dividends, and how these decisions about debt/ equity affect the value of the firm) - 2 stars. The book does provide some intuition for these economic concepts, but overall the coverage is poor. The problems at end of the chapters are poor and do not drill in these important concepts. I found Donald Chew's New Corporate Finance to be an excellent complement. By reading this collection of articles one can easily grasp how these academic concepts are used in the real world.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the investment 12 Nov 2004
By Thanh Nhon Ma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book may be very tricky for someone who has not a background in finance or economics. The content is very condensed but sometimes quite pleasant to read (the authors have a good sense of humor...)
According to me, they give a good overview of the financial industry in a structured way. Moreover, this book is extensively used by the top business schools. I'm an Harvard grad this book is also used at MIT Sloan.

This is definitely not a practical book. You need first to digest the content and read it again and again.
I would say that the CD-rom attached to it is useless...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Business School Students 21 Aug 2005
By C. Ang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the main text used in most of the top undergraduate business programs in the US. Now in its 7th edition, Brealey and Myers still do a good job updating their already thick book to include new and relevant topics. I have read the 5th and 6th editions too, and they were fine books. The books are written for a general audience, and requires only a basic background in accounting. The rest of the material is pretty self-contained, but the treatment of some topics is quite shallow. I like the capital budgeting part of this book, as it provides a very good discussion on the subject matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Course Material 19 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was assigned to me to support Myers's finance class. It is a difficult book to read on one's own. The book is a great reference if you are already taking a course on finance or already have some academic background. However, if you are determined to gain a solid knowledge of finance then this is the right reference. The book gives excellent examples of financial decisions from real life and draws particular attention to mistakes managers regularly make. A must read if you are trying to catch up with MBA material on your own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible book 9 Sep 2004
By MBA Student 2004 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't understand how anyone could appreciate this text. It sounds like the good reviews were written by professionals hired by the publisher. Their reviews lead me to believe that they've never picked up another Finance book to compare.

I have taken several finance and accounting classes in my M.B.A. program, and I received an "A" in all of them. This book confused me after 2 chapters. They take what I belive to be "simple" concepts and make them extremely difficult to understand. I have had to re-read many pages to figure out how they came to their conclusions because they don't do a very good job of explaining themselves.

For me, this book is a waste of time. Unfortunately, I have to read it for a required class. For someone who has never taken a finance class, this book will probably discourage them from entering the world of finance (or from taking any additional classes).

Come on, professors. Wake up and choose another book!
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