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Biographies

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone
Michelangelo Buonarotti, the creator of “David”, painter of the Sistine ceiling, the architect of the dome of St Peter’s, lives once more in the tempestuous, powerful pages of Irving Stone’s marvelous book.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
A former slave turned abolitionist, an eloquent self-taught writer and orator, Frederick Douglass (1818-–1895) led a remarkable life. The book explains his tragic life of being born into slavery and how he escaped to the North into freedom, all the while recounting the importance of how one builds one’s character and destiny by one’s own thoughts and actions.

Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
David Ogilvy was considered the “father of advertising” and a creative genius by many of the biggest global brands. First published in 1963, this seminal book revolutionized the world of advertising and became a bible for the 1960s ad generation. Filled with Ogilvy’s pioneering ideas and inspirational philosophy, it covers not only advertising, but also people management, corporate ethics, and office politics, and forms an essential blueprint for good practice in business.

Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called “the most sought after wizard in the business.”

Payback: The Conspiracy to Destroy Michael Milken and His Financial Revolution by Daniel Fischel
To this day in the popular mind, Michael Milken is the poster boy of the “Decade of Greed”—the inspiration for movie character Gordon Gekko’s chilling assertion that “Greed is good.” Conventional wisdom driven by media hype deplored the corporate raiders and takeover arbitrageurs of the 1980s. But as Daniel Fischel, CEO of Compass Lexecon and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, shows in this classic, engagingly written work of law and economics, it was Milken, at upstart investment bank Drexel, who, by underwriting corporate takeovers with high-yield debt—unjustly demonized in the press as “junk bonds”—forced corporate America to become more competitive, better disciplined, and better-run. Who resented this? The Establishment. Fat and happy in oversized and dysfunctional fiefs built for their own ease and self-protection, the Business Roundtable old boys fought back, using their connections in the press and the Government. Worse, grandstanding prosecutors like Rudy Giuliani, and judges more attentive to mob opinion than due process, proceeded to railroad an innocent man, whose deals profitably underwrote the tech and telecom revolution. The prosecutors’ case crumbled on appeal, leaving only a story, untold by the media, of horrendous prosecutorial overreach along with the persistent smear that “junk bonds” enabled the “greed” of a certain class.

 

 

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