The Golden Passport by Duff McDonald audiobook

The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

By Duff McDonald
Read by George Newbern

HarperAudio 9780062347176

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538411902

  • ISBN: 9781538411919

  • ISBN: 9781538411926

Runtime: 21.61 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm.

With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School.

Harvard University occupies a unique place in the public’s imagination, but HBS has arguably eclipsed its parent in terms of its influence on modern society. A Harvard degree guarantees respect. An HBS degree is, as the New York Times proclaimed in 1978, "the golden passport to life in the upper class." Those holding Harvard MBAs are near-guaranteed entrance into Western capitalism’s most powerful realm—the corner office.

Most people have a vague knowledge of the power of the HBS network, but few understand the dynamics that have made HBS an indestructible and powerful force for almost a century. As McDonald explores these dynamics, he also reveals how, despite HBS’s enormous success, it has failed with respect to the stated goal of its founders: "the multiplication of men who will handle their current business problems in socially constructive ways." While HBS graduates tend to be very good at whatever they do, that is rarely the doing of good.

In addition to teasing out the essence of this exclusive, if not necessarily "secret" club, McDonald explores two important questions: Has the school failed at reaching the goals it set for itself? And is HBS therefore complicit in the moral failings of Western capitalism? At a time of pronounced economic disparity and political unrest, this hard-hitting yet fair portrait offers a much-needed look at an institution that has a profound influence on the shape of our society and all our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tour de force about one of our nation’s most important and enduring symbols of capitalism…McDonald’s investigative-reporting masterpiece is a must-read.” William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author
“This institutional history refreshingly substitutes skepticism for reverence, questioning the limits of business education and of capitalism in general.” Publishers Weekly
“A powerful lens into the intellectual underpinnings and pragmatic failures of American business and American capitalism writ large.” Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class
The Golden Passport is the detailed story of Harvard Business School (HBS) that, willingly marinated in corporate money and influence, prepares each generation of modern corporate tycoons. HBS, while alert to shaping the latest management techniques, is largely indifferent to the ongoing corporate crime wave and other criminogenic behavior and externalities corrosive of fundamental civic values and economic equities. Readers can bury their noses in this prodigious tome and come away with a stench of affluent decadence.” Ralph Nader, consumer rights advocate and New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Duff McDonald

Author Bio: Duff McDonald

Duff McDonald is a contributor to Fortune and the New York Observer and has also written for Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, GQ, Wired, and Conde Nast Portfolio, among other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 21.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English