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The Golden Passport


The Golden Passport   


A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm.

With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School.

In particular, McDonald explores two important questions: Has the school failed at reaching the goals it set for itself? And is HBS therefore complicit in the moral failings of Western capitalism? At a time of pronounced economic disparity and political unrest, this hard-hitting yet fair portrait offers a much-needed look at an institution that has a profound influence on the shape of our society and all our lives.






Reviews for The Golden Passport

"Anthropologists in the distant future will make their careers investigating the extraordinary rituals of American business education. As they sift through the wreckage of a civilization that bestowed its highest rewards on individuals trained to ignore its deepest problems, they will be lucky to have as their guidebook Duff McDonald's deliciously iconoclastic history of the Harvard Business School... This is serious history, broad in its sweep and meticulous in the detail... This is really a book for the rest of us, the readers and the thinkers of the world, some of whom undoubtedly have business degrees. Either we figure out why it is we ever imagined that we needed the MBA and its magic sticks, or those future anthropologists, smiling as they shake their heads in distant pity, will do it for us." 

Matthew Stewart, The Wall Street Journal


"The Golden Passport, by the veteran business journalist Duff McDonald, is a richly reported indictment of the school as a leading reason that corporate America is disdained by much of the country…[In] example after example, Mr. McDonald sets out his thesis that money and influence have distorted both the school’s curriculum and the worldview espoused by its professors."

Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times DealBook

"Agree with him or not, [McDonald] deserves credit for raising questions that every business school needs to be asking. It's hard to quarrel with his concluding plea: "H.B.S. should - and can- play a part in helping more people who think about business rediscover a purpose other than profit." 

James B. Stewart, The New York Times Book Review


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