It’s World Book Day — Here Are Eleven Books From Michigan Ross Alumni You Shouldn’t Pass Up
When’s the last time you sat down and enjoyed a good book? For World Book Day on April 23, we’ve compiled a list of excellent reads written by accomplished authors who are respected around the world for their craft: Michigan Ross alumni.
Whether you’re looking for a bona fide bestseller on business strategy, insights into a specific industry, or a children’s book with some incredible shark photos, Ross alumni have your spring reading list covered.
Check out some highlights listed alphabetically by the author’s last name below, and see a more complete list of books from Ross Alumni on the Kresge Library site.
Where There Are No Jobs
A Grass-Roots Response for Developing Countries
Author: David Befus, MBA ‘79
Genre / Topic: Emerging Markets
A practitioner's guide to changing the world through business enterprise. The book offers those interested in economic development in emerging markets several methods to pursue in order to produce sustainable economic activity that contributes to the health of communities.
Battle for the Marble Palace
Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court
Author: Michael Bobelian, BBA ‘95, JD ‘98
Genre / Topic: Politics
Built upon years of research at more than twenty archives and written in a compelling narrative — what the Dean of UC Davis Law School described as “an absolute ‘must read’ for Supreme Court watchers as well as political junkies, history buffs, and mystery book readers” — Battle for the Marble Palace uncovers the true origins of the messy confirmation fights the nation has endured in recent years.
The Opportunity Analysis Canvas
Author: James V. Green, MBA ‘04
Genre / Topic: Entrepreneurship
In The Opportunity Analysis Canvas, Dr. James V. Green shares how to become more effective in identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities while building successful new ventures. Distilling vast amounts of research in psychology, sociology, and economics into a practical how-to guide for aspiring and active entrepreneurs, Dr. Green presents a whole new understanding of entrepreneurial mindset and action.
At its core, The Opportunity Analysis Canvas contains a powerful argument that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur by thoughtfully examining themselves and the new venture opportunity. By harnessing these insights, we can transform our ideas into innovative ventures that are lasting successes.
A To Z, They're Just Like Me!
Author: Nisha Kumar, MBA ‘10
Genre / Topic: Children’s
A to Z, They're Just Like Me! is a picture book that every child (and parent) needs to read.
It's time we redefine how we talk about our girls, our future leaders, changemakers, and innovators. “It's time we tell the stories of women, past and present, who have and are changing the world across science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math,” says Kumar.
China's Mobile Economy
Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom
Author: Winston Ma, MBA ‘03
Genre / Topic: e-commerce
China's Mobile Economy: Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom is a cutting-edge text that spotlights the digital transformation in China. Organized into three major areas of the digital economy within China, this ground-breaking book explores the surge in e-commerce of consumer goods, the way in which multi-screen and mobile internet use has increased in popularity, and the cultural emphasis on the mobile internet as a source of lifestyle- and entertainment-based content. The book is aimed at helping business leaders of all types grasp the challenges and opportunities created by China's emerging mobile economy, and its debut onto the global stage.
The Little Book of Horse Racing Law
Author: Charles Palmer, BBA ‘67, JD ‘70
Genre / Topic: Law
This book, published by the American Bar Association, has stories about Palmer’s experience in horse racing legal cases.
From the book’s description: “The horse racing crowd is comprised of colorful, passionate people: where else can you find a mixture of farmhands, jockeys, old money, and gamblers? And when you force such an unruly world of disparate and singular people into the structure and formality of the legal system, you get a fascinating array of events and decisions. In twenty-one chapters covering everything from drugs to syndicates to cloning, The Little Book of Horse-Racing Law thoroughly covers the intersection of law and racing.”
The Healthcare Quality Book
Vision, Strategies and Tools
Author: Scott Ransom, MBA ‘97
Genre / topic: Healthcare
Every healthcare organization is on its own unique journey, but each one needs a road map to a common destination — quality. Improving quality of care is an essential strategy for surviving, and thriving, in today's demanding healthcare environment.
The Healthcare Quality Book provides the framework, strategies, and practical tactics that all healthcare leaders need as they learn, implement, and manage quality improvement efforts. The book offers a detailed exploration of the components of quality, while incorporating techniques to continuously improve and transform healthcare organizations.
The Journey of an Inquiring Mind
From Scholar, Naval Officer, and Entrepreneur to Novelist
Author: Gary Slaughter, BBA ‘61
Genre / Topic: Memoir
In this memoir, Slaughter records the careers, hobbies, jobs, and sports he mastered during the eight decades of his life. Using his award-winning storytelling ability, he describes his life of work that began as a six-year old merchandiser of eggs. Gary honed his business acumen at the University of Michigan, served as a naval officer, and founded highly successful IT businesses before becoming a novelist.
Sea Stories: A Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956-1967)
Author: Gary Slaughter, BBA ‘61
Genre / Topic: Memoir
Sea Stories brings to life an incredible Cold War event in 1962 when the USS Cony surfaced a Soviet submarine. As Officer of the Deck, Ensign Slaughter effectively dissuaded the Soviet captain from firing his nuclear-tipped torpedo, avoiding a nuclear holocaust. The memoir is a collection of 60 vignettes — some humorous and others downright dangerous — that show new insights into the everyday lives of U.S. Navy officers.
52 Small Changes for the Family
Author: Danielle Shea Tan, MBA ‘05
Genre / Topic: Self Help
In 52 Small Changes for the Family, bestselling author Brett Blumenthal teams up with family health practitioner Danielle Shea Tan to reveal how to build a foundation of health and happiness in the family. The idea is simple: Make one small change a week for 52 weeks and at the end of the year, you and your children will enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Please Be Nice to Sharks
Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures
Author: Matt Weiss, MBA ‘18
A children’s book with original photography about shark conservation. From the book’s description: “Though they’re often portrayed as vicious man-eaters, sharks actually kill fewer than 10 people per year. Yet those myths cause real harm: many species are being hunted to extinction, with as many as 100-200 million sharks being killed each year. This humorous book humanizes the incredible shark through breathtaking, original, underwater photography along with incredible facts about these amazing creatures in the wild—sending kids a crucial message about conservation in an irresistible format.”