FRC 2018 reading list

Below is a list of recommended additional reading for the class Financial Reporting and Control, taught in Fall 2018. The readings are organized by the related case and will be updated after class.

Kansas City Zephyrs

Moneyball, Michael Lewis

“Disputes over goodwill seem arcane,” The Economist


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou

“Hayek, Popper and Schumpeter formulated a response to tyranny,” The Economist

Revenue Recognition at Harvard Business Press

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

Tapping Growth at Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and How Craft Beer Became Big Business, Josh Noel


The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe

Netflix: Valuing a New Business Model

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, Nicholas Carr

Accounting for Political Risk at AES

Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World, Liaquat Ahamed

Mike Mayo takes on Citigroup

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of how Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves, Andrew Ross Sorkin

After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, Alan S. Blinder

Berkshire Hathaway

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons from Corporate America, Warren Buffett

Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I went from CEO to Whistleblower, Michael Woodford

Dollar General

The Value of Nothing: Why Everything Costs So Much More than We Think, Raj Patel


The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo


A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success, Tracy Kidder

H is of Hawk, Helen Macdonald

Springfield Hospital

Why We Must Ration Health Care,” Peter Singer, The New York Times Magazine, July 15, 2009

Owens and Minor

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee


Peak Performance: Elevate your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the new Science of Success, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Joe and the Juice

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, Richard Thaler

Transworld Auto Parts

A Sense of where You are: Bill Bradley at Princeton, John McPhee

Wells Fargo

Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, Eugene Soltes

The Corpse had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America’s Hottest Beat, Edna Buchanan


The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and how to Stop it, Steven Clifford