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PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON, AHEAD OF THE CURVE

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When Philip Delves Broughton quit his job at London's Daily Telegraph to attend Harvard Business School, he wasn't planning on writing a book. "I was trying to get journalism out of my system," says Broughton, 35. But after he graduated in 2006 without a job, he found himself revisiting his student diaries. The result is Ahead of the Curve (Penguin Press, $26), a compelling insider's account of the celebrated training ground of power brokers as well as such famously flawed leaders as former defense secretary Robert McNamara, Enron ex-CEO Jeffrey Skilling, and the current president. Broughton found a student body divided between the frivolous (Wall Streeters addicted to golf and "booze luges") and the diligent (military vets and nerds)—but united in eschewing the school's post-Enron emphasis on business ethics. "It was as if everyone had their fingers in their ears and was going la la la la la," he says. "What they wanted to hear was 'How can I be rich like Warren Buffett?'" Timothy Hodler

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