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By Philip Delves Broughton

Two years within the cauldron of capitalism-"horrifying and extremely humorous" (The Wall road Journal)

In this candid and interesting insider's examine the main influential college in worldwide enterprise, Philip Delves Broughton attracts on his crack reporting abilities to explain his madcap years at Harvard enterprise tuition. Ahead of the Curve recounts the main edifying and awesome classes discovered within the quest for an MBA, from the inventive chicanery of leveraging and the not likely pleasures of accounting, to the antics of the "booze luge" and different, much less savory trappings of pupil tradition. released through the a hundredth anniversary of Harvard enterprise college, this can be the unflinching fact approximately lifestyles within the trenches of an iconic American establishment.

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