Fall Quarter is winding down, so it’s time to start thinking of a good book (or two) to curl up with in the lodge while you’re recovering from that skiing mishap. Look no further than your friendly GSB Library. Check out some of the items currently on our Popular Books rack, just inside the Library entrance. Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb is back with Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder (Q375.T348 2012). Taleb, following from The Black Swan, stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable and even necessary. Many things in life benefit from stress and disorder, from what he calls the ‘antifragile’. The book spans innovation by trial and error, personal finance, urban planning, war, life decisions, medicine and much else. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman says “Changed my view of how the world works.” And speaking of Kahneman, check out his book Thinking, Fast and Slow (BF441.K238 2011), where he takes us on a tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive thinking, the fast, intuitive and emotional, and the slower, deliberative, more logical. Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions, and how we can tap into the benefits of ‘slow’ thinking. Notes Steven Pinker of Harvard, “Daniel Kahneman is among the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive today. … The appearance of Thinking, Fast and Slow is a major event.” On another note, The End of Competitive Advantage: How To Keep Your Strategy Moving As Fast As Your Business (HD30.28.M38378 2013) by Columbia University’s Rita Gunther McGrath argues it’s time to go beyond the concept of sustainable competitive advantage, and forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She argues that most business leaders today are using an outmoded model from yesteryear and need to re-think with a new playbook for strategy, based on updated assumptions of how the world works. Finally, Barbara T. Dreyfuss gives the low-down on “the cowboy traders behind Wall Street’s largest hedge disaster” with Hedge Hogs (HG4530.D73 2013). Dreyfuss stuns us with the implications of the activities of solitary individuals on Wall Street, going behind closed doors into the hidden world of hedge funds, where over-the-top parties and lavish perks abound and staggering amounts of money are in the hands of a tiny select elite. Hedrick Smith (Who Stole The American Dream?) writes “This is a case study that cries out for tougher crackdowns on the derivatives game.” Well, happy reading!