Pierre Gentin

Partner and general counsel, New York
Pierre M. Gentin
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Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise by Sally Cline

“A fascinating window into the remarkable Zelda Fitzgerald: writer, painter, and dancer. Her achievements during her lifetime were overshadowed by her legendary writer husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald. In recent years, she has been recognized as an extraordinary artist in her own right.”

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In my view, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Haunting, lyrical prose. A powerful novel about the relationship between tragedy and promise.”

Black Box by Amos Oz

“A wonderful novel about a failed marriage by the late Israeli novelist.”

Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds by Lyndall Gordon

“A phenomenal book about the multigenerational battle of the poet Emily Dickinson’s literary heritage and the amazing personalities that surrounded the poet.”

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Explore this month’s best-selling business books, prepared exclusively for McKinsey Publishing by NPD, and a collection of books by McKinsey authors on the management issues that matter.

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

Fast Times: How digital winners set direction, learn, and adapt

Winning in the digital age requires both lightning speed and thoughtful deliberation. Companies able to master this paradox are emerging as today's winners. Those that can't will be sold for parts.

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

– The new book on how to beat the odds with a bold strategy


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Within McKinsey Global Publishing, Mike Borruso, Heather Byer, Philip Mathew, Louis Vizzi, Dan Redding, and Torea Frey were instrumental in making this year’s list come alive.

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