Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action

David Fajgenbaum M12 WG15

Must-Read Alumni Books 1You may have read our profile of Fajgenbaum in 2015, as he’d begun to crowdsource research into Castleman’s disease—a rare condition that nearly killed the former college athlete five times. With his illness now in remission and a promising treatment in development, Fajgenbaum tells the full story of his journey not only to survive, but to find a cure and change the paradigm for rare disease research. Professor Adam Grant calls Chasing My Cure “so gripping that I read it in one sitting—and so moving that I can’t stop thinking about it months later.”


Startups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs

Mona Bijoor C98 WG05

Must-Read Alumni Books 2As the founder of Joor, the fashion B2B e-commerce giant, Bijoor has advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and realized they share a common set of challenges. Her book offers advice for overcoming those critical obstacles and presents seven principles to help any business owner—from novices to CEOs—develop the mind-set to persevere and succeed. Along with her own story, Bijoor shares perspectives from a who’s who of founders, including Flatiron Health CEO Nat Turner W08 and Burrow CEO Stephen Kuhl WG17.


Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs

Kaihan Krippendorff ENG94 W94

Must-Read Alumni Books 4Upon hearing an NPR report on the success of a former client, Krippendorff—a longtime strategy and innovation consultant and author—was surprised to learn that said client’s path to success involved almost none of the practices endorsed by experts like him. That realization inspired a deeper look into how individual innovators can thrive in sometimes hostile environments. The author presents a framework and tool kit that all creative individuals can use to topple barriers within their organizations and turn radical ideas into profitable action.


Published as “More Must-Read Alumni Books” in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Wharton Magazine.