Reading List for the Poolside MBA


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I found this article fitting for this week because Brandon and I are down in South Carolina spending a week at the beach with my family. Whether oceanside or poolside, Francesca Di Meglio’s list of must read books from top MBA professors will keep you entertained, or at least give you a preview of things to come in your new MBA world.

One book I would add to the list below is Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, my personal favorite at the moment, and my guidebook for creating a virtual life. I find it to be the perfect complement to my MBA. 

  • Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin (Skyhorse Publishing, 2007)
  • The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman (Picador, 2007)
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (William Morrow, 2006)
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books, 2002)
  • The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox (North River Press, 2004)
  • How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living by Rushworth Kidder (Harper Paperbacks, 2003)
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • More Than a Numbers Game: A Brief History of Accounting by Thomas King (Wiley, 2006)
  • Ten Deadly Marketing Sins by Philip Kotler (Wiley, 2004)

See which professors recommended each book here.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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  1. Thanks for the shout out. I appreciate the additions you made to the original list. Does anyone else have suggestions they would add to the list? Feel free to let me know.


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