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Grab your library card. Professors and experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business share their picks for our annual summer reading list for business leaders.

(1.) The Devil’s Financial Dictionary (2015)
By Jason Zweig
“A century-later follow-up to Ambrose Bierce’s ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ that satirized the excessive displays of wealth in the first Gilded Age. Zweig considers the excesses of financial institutions leading up to the Great Recession in the mid-2000s to be the second Gilded Age, when the banks sold ‘safe’ securities that soon defaulted, leaving executives richer and investors poorer. The book is funny, mostly accurate and provides a fun read on financial jargon.” — Susan White, clinical professor of finance

(2.) The Disruption Dilemma (2016)
By Joshua Gans
“If you think you understand when large firms are in danger, and what they should do, as well as when there are opportunities for start-ups, this is a must-read book.” — Brent Goldfarb, associate professor of management and organization

(3.) The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation (2016)
By Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker
“Economist and former World Bank official Antoine van Agtmael coined the phrase ‘emerging markets’ 35 years ago, but now says the trend behind that concept is shifting. He writes about ‘brain belts’ – U.S. cities reinventing themselves with new technology. These represent places where opportunity cost is low and companies pool basic research or tap into a public university for manufacturing based on robotics, 3D printing and internet-connected devices. This trend appears to have unambiguously positive long-run implications for the U.S. economy.” — Bill Longbrake, executive-in-residence

(4.) The Courage To Act: A Memoir Of A Crisis And Its Aftermath (2015)
by Ben S. Bernanke
“This book provides insights into the extremely difficult and controversial decisions made by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke throughout the financial crisis and Great Recession. Working with his fellow Federal Reserve governors, Congress, and secretaries of the Treasury Hank Paulson (Bush Administration) and Tim Geithner (Obama Administration), Bernanke carefully navigated a potentially treacherous path to save the economy from an outcome that could have closely paralleled the Great Depression of the 1930s.” — David Kass, clinical professor of finance

(5.) Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business (2015)
By John Chisholm
“Chisholm uses his practical insights as an entrepreneur to create simple yet highly effective conceptual frameworks that can be applied not only by those thinking of starting their own company, but also by those seeking to be enterprising within existing organizations. He highlights the five essential elements that need to be aligned for future success. The book integrates across psychological, social, economic and philosophical principles to provide a holistic (and realistic) portrayal of an entrepreneurial journey, in a can-do, upbeat sense of life.” — Rajshree Agarwal, Rudolph Lamone Chair and professor in strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets

(6.) Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company (2015)
By Danielle Tate
“Written from the authors perspective as an early stage entrepreneur, Tate has created a how-to guide to turn the typically messy process of starting a business to an elegant process of identifying a solution to a problem and taking that solution to market. While written for female founders, this book has valuable tips and insights for any entrepreneur.” — Elana Fine, managing director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

(7.) Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation (2016)
By Edward Humes
“This wide-ranging and well-written book brings to life the key role of both freight and passenger transportation in the economy and in our daily lives. Globalization and the key role played by transportation in supporting the global economy is one important theme. The book also looks forward, exploring a future with driverless cars and the triumph of the shared economy.” — Curt Grimm, professor and Charles A. Taff Chair of Economics and Strategy

(8.) Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (2016)
By Adam Grant
“Grant offers fascinating insight into how innovations occur. Combining findings from social science research with a myriad of interesting examples, the book will help readers find ways to boost their own prospects for originality. Grant delves into a variety of key topics, such as the importance of speaking up, the value of generating many ideas, possibilities for nurturing originality, and more.” — Kathryn Bartol, professor of management and organization

(9.) Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built (2016)
By Duncan Clark
“This book tells the fascinating story of how, starting as a teacher of modest means, Jack Ma built one of the world’s greatest companies. Alibaba has been described as eBay, Paypal, and Amazon all rolled into one. It had a $25 billion initial public offering in 2014 (the largest global IPO of all time). Jack Ma’s name has become as recognizable worldwide now as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, but much less is known about him. This book tells the shared story of the man and his company. The reader will come away with a much deeper understanding of Chinese businesses, its consumers, and the economy as a whole.” — Kislaya Prasad, research professor and executive director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

(10.) If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? (2016)
by Raj Raghunathan
“Raghunathan explores the correlation between academic success and career success and between career success and what he calls ‘life success.’ He finds that correlations are very low and sets about examining why smart people who make great choices when it comes to academics and career fail at life success and become unhappy. He draws in findings from his extensive research on this topic and has created a very engaging and readable book.” — P.K. Kannan, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing Science

Bonus picks

Technology and the Disruption of Higher Education: Saving the American University (2015)
By Henry C. Lucas, Jr., Robert H. Smith Professor of Information Systems
Lucas argues that college leaders need to act more quickly than they have so far if don’t want to be swept aside by emerging technologies — but, rather, take advantage of them.

The Culture Map: Breaking through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business (2014)
By Erin Meyer
“Given the inevitably global nature of modern business, this is a must-read. This book charts business cultures along eight dimensions and provides advice on how to effectively navigate culturally informed situations. Meyer’s writing style, which relies heavily on field experiences and anecdotes, makes the concepts accessible for even the international business or travel novice. — Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of the Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)