by Sanford L. Weill '55 and Judah S. Kraushaar '79, MBA '80
Warner Business Books (2006), 544 pages
When financial services icon Sandy Weill was preparing to write his autobiography, The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy, he selected top Wall Street analyst Judah Kraushaar to help him with the task. "He insisted that only a successful analyst that understood the business could challenge and draw him out in the manner he wanted," writes Kraushaar in his introduction.
Weill began with $30,000 in borrowed funds in 1960 and worked his way up to become one of the world's most powerful bankers, retiring as CEO and chairman of Citigroup in 2003 and 2006, respectively. "In my opinion, [Weill] has been the single most important figure in the financial services industry over the past half century," writes Kraushaar. Even so, Weill "still comes across as a kid from Brooklyn, filled with passion, who can't believe his good fortune."
Kraushaar, who worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, is a familiar face at the Johnson School as one of the judges for the MBA Stock Pitch competition.
by Cyrus Copeland (Editor), MBA '90
Algonquin Books (2006), 296 pages
In A Wonderful Life: 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit, Cyrus Copeland continues the mission he began in his earlier book, Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time (2003). Offering insight into the authors of the eulogies as well as the departed, the book features farewells to movie stars (James Mason on Judy Garland), media luminaries (Charles Kuralt on Edward R. Murrow), entertainers and musicians (Roy Disney on Walt Disney), pioneers (Robert F. Kennedy on Martin Luther King, Jr.), athletes (Bob Costas on Mickey Mantle), and parents (Wallace Stegner on Hilda Stegner). Also included are four eulogies of heroes who perished in the attacks of 9/11/01.
After the publication of Farewell, Godspeed, Copeland suddenly found himself the nation's foremost expert on eulogies – "The Goodbye Guy." He went on the lecture circuit, fielded innumerable media requests, received countless queries from new eulogy devotees . . . and published his sequel, A Wonderful Life. He reports that he is now ready to hang up his eulogizing hat forever. "America, note: I resign as spokes-clip and face-bite for the eulogy," says Copeland. "No longer will I answer to 'The Goodbye Guy.'"
by Ed Timperlake, MBA '77, and Jed Babbin
Regnery Publishing, Inc. (2006), 256 pages
In Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States, authors Ed Timperlake (a veteran defense analyst) and Jed Babbin (former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense) argue that China is the biggest, most ignored threat to the security of the United States . . . and the world. Forming an axis with radical Islam, infiltrating Latin America, and arming itself to the teeth, China is preparing to mount war on an unprecedented scale, say the authors. They first state their case in a lengthy introduction, then launch into a series of on-the-spot scenarios illustrating the possible outcome if the United States fails to deter China's aggression. "Provocative, thrilling, exhaustively documented and sobering, Showdown is a wake-up call for our elected officials – and for everyone who loves America," said the Conservative Book Club.
Timperlake, a former Marine fighter pilot who has held high-level national security positions in Congress and at the Pentagon, is the coauthor of New York Times bestseller Year of the Rat: How Bill Clinton Compromised American Security for Chinese Cash (2000) and Red Dragon Rising: Communist China's Military Threat to America (1999).