The Big Time: Harvard Business School's Most Successful Class--And How It Shaped America

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Harvard graduate students who received their M.B.A.s in 1949 have been dubbed "the class the dollars fell on." These businesspeople had grown up with Depression and war and went on to achieve an unprecedented degree of success and influence. One in five became millionaires; half became top executives of firms like Johnson & Johnson, Xerox, Bloomingdale's and Capital Cities. In fast-paced, slick, often cynical style, Shames traces the students' careers and discusses how they shaped and were shaped by America's prosperity in the 1950s and '60s. It is an absorbing story, by turns stirring and comic, but one that grows somber as the author examines such facets of business ethics as "strategic misrepresentation" and the switch from production know-know to financial manipulation (mergers, buyouts, etc.), while producers in other countries outstripped American inventiveness. First serial to Playboy and Esquire.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Harvard Business School class of 1949 has the reputation of being the most successful class of MBAs ever produced, as measured in terms of job titles, compensation, and sphere of influence. Shames has written an informal study of the class and its members' impact on the last 30 years of American business enterprise. The author's fast-moving and intriguing writing style, which is balanced with quotes from interviews with class members, makes the book as readable as a novel. Recommended for college libraries and career collections, as well as for public libraries. Mary Greene Havener, GenRad, Inc. Informtion Ctr., Concord, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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