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Most Influential Books of John Roberts

Check out the most influential books in the life of Donald John Roberts: Stanford University’s John H. Schully Professor of Economics, Strategic Management, and International Business. John is also the Director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy, Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization, and Faculty Director of the Global Management Program at Stanford.


Economics by Paul Samuelson

In Economics: The Original 1948 Edition, professor Samuelson's work remains as viable and thought-provoking as it was a half-century ago. The timeless wisdom applicability of his words still ring true in today's turbulent economic world. This unique and carefully crafted reprodctuion edition represents the original spark that ignited the Samuelson revolution--a movement that has endured for half a century. Doubly valuable for both its rich history and its still-fresh ideas.  “Investing should be more like watching paint dry or  watching grass grow. If you want excitement , take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” – Paul A. Samuelson

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's-and his country's-most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.  “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone …just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1

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Theory of Value by Gerard Debreu

Theory of Value: The contribution of this short book consists in a rigorous, axiomatic, and formal analysis of producer behavior, consumer behavior, general equilibrium, and the optimality of the market mechanism for resource allocation.  “I had become interested in economics, an interest that was transformed into a lifetime dedication when I met with the mathematical theory of general economic equilibrium.” – Gerard Debreu

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Fundamentals of Real Analysis  by Sterling K. Berberian

Fundamentals of Real Analysis: Integration theory and general topology form the core of this textbook for a first-year graduate course in real analysis. After the foundational material in the first chapter (construction of the reals, cardinal and ordinal numbers, Zorn's lemma and transfinite induction), measure, integral and topology are introduced and developed as recurrent themes of increasing depth.   “Pure mathmatics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein

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Bio of John Roberts:  Donald John Roberts holds the John H. and Irene S. Scully Professorship in Economics, Strategic Management, and International Business at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. John is a current Fellow and former Council  Member of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has also served on the editorial boards of The American Economic Review, Econometrica, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and Organizations and Market Abstracts.  He has been a consultant to the United States Government upon regulatory issues and previously served on the Board of Directors for Gorton’s of Gloucesterand Bluewater Fisheries.

In 2004 John’s book The Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth was named the Best Business Book of the Year by The Economist. This book comes highly recommended and should be on every CEO, manager, and company owners reading list.

Biographical information obtained from Stanford’s University website.


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