Corporate governance is always relevant, given human nature, but few have written on it with such authority in recent years as David Larcker, the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at Stanford, and co-author (and GSB alum) Brian Tayan. Now their latest contribution, A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance, which seeks to bypass the platitudes and conventional answers that clutter so much discussion of the topic today. This book takes an unflinching look at the issues and decisions that really matter for corporate success, but in a way so as to allow readers to reach their own conclusions. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book is required reading for executives, directors, shareholders and anyone who wants to make companies run better. The problems are perennial, of course; as the book’s introduction points out — after scandals there is always a plea to do something to correct corporate misguidance or malfeasance, whether with Enron in 2001, Penn Central in 1970, or the Knickerbocker Bank in 1907. This book is dedicated to testing governance practices empirically to learn which are effective, along the way dispensing with guesswork and irrelevant ideological arguments.