How Finance Works: The HBR Guide to Thinking Smart about the Numbers (Paperback)

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Based on the popular HBS MOOC, "Leading with Finance," this is a hands-on and extensive guide to the ins and outs of finance for people who aren't versed in numbers but need to be--an HBR Guide on steroids.

  • Uber-practical: the book doesn't just provide information; it's a very hand-on learning experience, which sets it apart from other books in this space--including our own.
  • Full-color, workbook layout.
  • In the context of the subject matter, the tone is conversational and the material isn't dry. It makes finance come alive (seriously).
  • An MBA-level class in a book.


  • Managers, especially those who needs a deeper understanding of the numbers to do their jobs.
  • Students
  • Aspiring Wall Streeters
  • Professionals--journalists, editors, writers, business folks--who need a robust understanding of finance.

About the Author

Mihir Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. An award-winning teacher and a leading scholar of corporate finance and tax policy, Professor Desai has been educating varied student populations for nearly twenty years, including senior executives from around the world, MBA students, undergraduates, and lawyers. Professor Desai has published more than 25 case studies and a casebook, and he has testified before the US Congress on policy issues. He is the author of Wisdom of Finance (2017), which was long-listed for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.Author social media/website info:
Product Details
ISBN: 9781633696709
ISBN-10: 1633696707
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English