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. The full list can be downloaded here.

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

Alibaba Goes Public

Secrets and Agents,” The Economist, July 23, 2016, a comprehensive article about George Akerlof’s 1970 paper, “The Market for Lemons”

Financial Reporting Problems at Molex

Who Owns the Future, Jaron Lanier

Rio Tinto

A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary, Ken Saro-Wiwa

Fair Value Accounting Controversy at Noble Group

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, Daniel Yergin

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, Daniel Yergin

The Whistleblower at International Game Technology

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway – And its Aftermath, Seierstad Asne

The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, Jesse Eisinger

Measuring True Value at Ambuja Cement

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically, Peter Singer

Capitalism for the People,” The Economist, November 30, 2017

Indian firms make the best of coerced do-goodery,” The Economist, November 16, 2017

Target Corporation: Ackman versus the Board

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable

Trouble Brewing for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon, Rosa Brooks 

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds, Michael Lewis