The Dean's List: Top Five Must-read Books

April 17, 2024
"The Dean's List" with Sandeep Mazumder and text that says, "Top 5 Must-read Books"

With the spring semester wrapping up, Sandeep Mazumder, the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of the Hankamer School of Business, shared his list of must-read books for the summer months.

5. “Good to Great” by Jim Collins

A classic business book from Jim Collins that has several key takeaways for successful businesses that I deeply believe in myself. 


4. “A History of Economics: The Past as the Present” by John Kenneth Galbraith

I won this book as an economics prize in my school in England when I was a teenager, and it helped captivate my mind toward being a future economist.  


3. “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan

A classic book for good reasons. This book paints a compelling picture of the struggle we face in our Christian walk, but that we have the hope and resources to sustain us. I found the second part of the story detailing Christiana’s journey to be more compelling than the first part, which describes her husband’s journey. 


2. “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne 

This is one of my father’s favorite books and he would read this to us often when I was young. It became a mainstay of my childhood. 


1. The George Smiley series by John Le Carre

I enjoy reading a good mystery or spy thriller from time to time, and the Smiley series from Le Carre is one of the best ones out there in my opinion.