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Crashing Heaven
Crashing Heaven
by Al Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars But isn't it nice when it really does all come together in a ..., 5 Jun. 2016
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Sure, we've all read bits of similar stuff here and there - Gibson, Egan, Stephenson. But isn't it nice when it really does all come together in a great tale, and with a few new bits thrown in, such as the lares & penates status of Stookie Bill? I loved this book and will be buying the sequel when it comes out.


MBA
MBA
by Douglas Board
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Such Depth In A Farce, 16 Sept. 2015
This review is from: MBA (Paperback)
This book is a wonderful romp full of insights into business education, management consultancy, and government, borne out of the author's deep experience at the top of his former profession. However, it is also a considered work setting out some of the paradoxes in modern society such as business meritocracy, measurement (in a fun Goodhart's Law way), media, and promotion, as well as what constitutes real work.

You'll laugh. You'll also think. What more could you ask for?


Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State
Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State
by Dr William H. Janeway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Creation needs destruction, and waste, 12 Sept. 2014
As someone who has been involved in managing R&D as well as technology commercialisation, I found Bill's book a salutory reminder that creative destruction involves destruction. A very thoughtful read from a practitioner/theorist that all academic economists should read.


Corporate Foresight and Strategic Decisions: Lessons from a European Bank
Corporate Foresight and Strategic Decisions: Lessons from a European Bank
Price: £75.05

5.0 out of 5 stars European Banking Strategy - A Delightfully Detailed Example, 30 Aug. 2014
I highly recommend this book to anyone working in financial services strategic planning, particularly in a European bank. One book gives you all you need to deliver a high quality, thoughtful approach for your own firm.


International Banking Strategic Alliances: Reflections on Bnp/Dresdner
International Banking Strategic Alliances: Reflections on Bnp/Dresdner
by Jorg Itschert
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £110.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Learning from Failure, 30 Aug. 2014
We are supposed to learn from failure. Too often management books seem to elide failure from their case studies. This examination of the BNP Dresdner alliance and the reasons for its lack of success deserves attention.


Alliances and Co-Evolution: Insights from the Banking Sector
Alliances and Co-Evolution: Insights from the Banking Sector
by Dr Rehan ul-Haq
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £95.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Exemplar for Management Studies Graduates, 30 Aug. 2014
This is a PhD turned into a very readable book. Pierre Dussauge's foreword was a good summary. The appendix on 'method' is one of the best I've seen and an excellent example to apiring graduate students.


The Deal / Jiao Yi
The Deal / Jiao Yi
by David Zen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars this is rollicking good fun and the author's keen enthusiasm for all things ..., 27 July 2014
This review is from: The Deal / Jiao Yi (Paperback)
For a first thriller, this is rollicking good fun and the author's keen enthusiasm for all things is highly educational.


Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Gordon Corrigan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Lessons In Real History, 17 May 2014
Gordon Corrigan writes an interesting book, and writes it well. I wanted an overview of the First World War prior to being inundated with centenary celebrations. Gordon's book was recommended, especially for some one familiar with the history, but perhaps a little rusty and overtaken by social sentiment about the war. It is a refreshing, and direct read that overturns a lot of 'accepted' wisdom, or should I say accepted 'poppycock'. A wonderful gift to any armchair historian.


The New Paradigm in Macroeconomics: Solving the Riddle of Japanese Macroeconomic Performance
The New Paradigm in Macroeconomics: Solving the Riddle of Japanese Macroeconomic Performance
by Richard A. Werner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.06

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Hides A Great Truth, 13 Mar. 2013
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Werner's book was strongly recommended to me, with a pointer. A colleague in finance felt this was an overlooked work because "riddle of Japanese" left the macroeconomists out, while "paradigms in macroeconomics" left the Japanese economists out. For both of their benefit, all economists should be in. Starting with the premise that economists can hardly claim authority if they can't explain the performance of the, well during the past few decades, world's second-largest economy, Werner then shows repeated failures of Keynesians, monetarists and other schools. He puts forward a more coherent theory which concludes on a Long Finance note, that economists have to understand money before they move on to macroeconomics. A disturbing read for traditional macroeconomists, a thrilling read for those seeking to build a working financial system.


Firm Commitment: Why the corporation is failing us and how to restore trust in it
Firm Commitment: Why the corporation is failing us and how to restore trust in it
by Colin Mayer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Like Us, Not of Us", 12 Mar. 2013
Colin Mayer reminds us of the secret wonder of the corporation, but equally the need for reform. This book is very readable. The argument is spare and lean and swift. Mayer positions the corporation fairly. That said, this book is not a paean to corporatism and he has numerous criticisms of current thinking. Moreover, Mayer has some practical suggestions to make, not least of which the idea of distinguishing shareholder rights and responsibilities based on their commitment to holding shares over time - very Long Finance. What makes this book worthwhile during a period of furious discussion about reform is that Mayer has identified a deeper rooted problem with the concept of corporations, along with a sensible place to look for solutions.


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