My Reading Life: Alumni Voices

Author: Angela Sienko

Over the past year, several faculty members from the Mendoza College of Business have shared their favorite


books with our graduate alumni via this newsletter. One of the questions we ask each professor is "what book would you recommend every Mendoza student read?"  Now, we want to hear from you: Looking back on your time at Mendoza, what book would you recommend to every Mendoza student , and why?  It can be business related, motivational, life-focused, pretty much anything that would be a benefit to a  business student before they take on new leadership positions in their careers.

To submit your suggestion, just email or fill out our short form. Mendoza alumni who submit a book recommendation will be entered into a raffle to win a selection of books authored by Mendoza faculty!

Here is a list of some of the answers we’ve received from our professors:

Roger Huang
Martin J. Gillen Dean and Professor of Finance, Mendoza College of Business

"I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. It is one of the best investment guides for all investors, including those not in the business world."

Tim Judge
Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management and Department Chair
"I have found The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to teach important lessons about life that I have learned (and often need to re-learn!). I also find myself often influenced by The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell."

Jerry Langley
Professional Specialist, Department of Finance

"I suggest Markings, by Dag Hammarskjold, the Swedish former Secretary-General of the UN. It's basically a journal he kept over his lifetime and it was published after his death. It's a wonderful collection of short, personal, thoughtful introspections and viewpoints on life. Many of the passages should be committed to memory and kept in mind by all of us."

Matt Bloom
Associate Professor, Department of Management

"Read at least one of the great works of literature. I would recommend The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, but just read something from the classics."

Liddy Tuleja
Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Management

"Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang. It shows the human side of China as experienced by three young women who share their stories of moving from the rural areas to the city in search of a better life. With the Chinese government's plan to move 250 million-plus people from the countryside to cities by 2025, it puts a real face on what it means to do business in China (also see the 2013 NYT series, “China’s Great Uprooting.”)"