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Timely Books for Holiday Gifts
For the business colleague, boss, or person hard to
please, consider a gift of a book on investing, careers, or finance
by an author with a Princeton connection:
and Ph.D’s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy. Princeton
alumnae Maggie Debelius, Class of 2000, and Susan Elizabeth Basalla,
Class of 1997, provide tips to students and recent graduates on
their degrees. Here is an excerpt from a Booklist review:
"Last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the
number of tenure-track academic teaching positions had fallen and
would continue to decline. Citing this trend, Basalla and Debelius
warn that graduate students and faculty might now want to consider
the alternative job market. Both authors have successfully made a
transition to what they call the `post academic world.’ Basalla is
a medical journalist, and Debelius is an editor at an Internet
They tailor standard job-hunting advice to those who are halfway to
graduation and suddenly wondering if teaching is the right choice.
Origins of American Express Financial Advisors. Princeton resident
Carol Heher Peters, along with co-author Kenneth Lipartito, traces
the biography of the founder of Investors’ Diversified Services (IDS),
which was acquired by American Express in 1984. Here is an excerpt
from a Publishers Weekly review:
Tappan applied the smalltown and rural door-to-door sales techniques
of life insurance to agricultural banking and eventually branched
out into other investment products, including insurance. With products
tailored to the needs of small Midwestern investors and borrowers,
the company competed successfully with larger and less personal East
Coast institutions. Unlike other investment companies, IDS survived
the Depression with reputation and finances intact. It grew swiftly
during World War II as its salespeople spread throughout the armed
services and provided a home for savings in those cash-rich,
Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, present the story of West Windsor
resident John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner, in his own words. Kuhn is
professor emeritus of mathematics at Princeton University. He won
the 1980 von Neumann Prize in Theory for laying the foundations of
game theory and linear and non-linear programming.
In his preface, Kuhn offers personal insights on his longtime friend
and colleague; and in introductions to several of Nash’s papers, he
provides helpful scholarly context. This book is for the mathematician
on your gift list.
Princeton Class of 1951, and one of the most influential investors
of the century, gives his alma mater credit for his career direction.
From his never-before-published Princeton thesis to more than two
dozen essays covering five decades of investing, the book is a 50-year
compendium of the work and wisdom of one of the world’s significant
<B>Next: The Future Just Happened. Princeton alumnus
Michael Lewis, Class of 1982, visits improbable investment whizzes,
including a New Jersey teen-ager, for a look at business developments
in the over-heated decade just passed. Here is an excerpt of a
"Putting an engaging and irreverent spin on yesterday’s news,
Lewis (Liar’s Poker; The New, New Thing) declares that power and
are up for grabs in this look at how the Internet has changed the
way we live and work. Probing how Web-enabled players have exploited
the fuzzy boundary between reality and perception, he visits three
teenagers who have assumed startling roles: Jonathan Lebed, the
New Jersey high school student who made headlines when he netted
as a day trader and became the youngest person ever accused of
fraud by the SEC."
of Princeton photographer Pryde Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning
John McPhee. The sisters traveled around the country interviewing
and photographing girls between the ages of 6 and 19 to see if they
are different from girls raised in the ’60s and ’70s.
Jenny, a writer and translator, recently completed her first novel,
The Center of Things. Laura, a professor of photography at the
College of Arts, has written No Ordinary Land in collaboration with
Virginai Beahan. Martha, author of Bright Angel Time, is working on
her second novel.
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