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What They Teach You at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

What makes this a particularly absorbing and entertaining read is the combination of journalistic detachment and the sense of personal alienation that Delves Broughton, a Brit in an American system, feels as he struggles to come to terms with what it means to be a Harvard MBA. [Published in the US as Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School.] — Read the complete FT review


Graduates of Harvard Business School run many of the world’s biggest and most influential banks, companies and countries. But what kind of person does it take to succeed at HBS? And what do they learn there?

Philip Delves Broughton's enlightening and hilarious memoir of his two years at Harvard takes us from first class to graduation, encompassing the case studies, the guest lectures, the Apprentice-style tasks, the booze-luge, the burn-outs and high flyers, as well as all the advice, wisdom and folly he found in this ‘factory for unhappy people’.

If you’ve always wanted to know how to get to the top, but wondered what it takes and exactly what it costs, this book will tell you.