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George Anders (born 1957) is an American business journalist and the author of five books,[1] including the New York Times bestseller,[2] Perfect Enough. He has worked as an editor or staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, Fast Company magazine and Bloomberg View. He currently resides in Northern California.[3]



Anders has been writing for national publications since the 1980s. He started his writing career working for The Wall Street Journal and eventually became a top feature writer, where he specialized in in-depth profiles. After his stint with The Wall Street Journal, he served as West Coast bureau chief for Fast Company. Anders later became a founding member of the Bloomberg View board of editors and began working for Forbes as a contributing writer in 2012.[3] In October 2017, he joined LinkedIn's editorial team, where he is a senior editor at large.[4]


Anders's articles and essays have appeared in publications all over the world, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and the Harvard Business Review.[3]


He is a 1978 graduate of Stanford University,[3][5] with a bachelor's degree in economics. At Stanford, he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. [6]

Awards and honorsEdit

He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting[7] in 1997, while at The Wall Street Journal.[3] On May 19, 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Washington & Jefferson College, where he delivered the 2018 commencement address.[8]



  • Anders, George (May 1992), Merchants of Debt: KKR and the Mortgaging of U.S. Business, Basic Books, ISBN 978-0-465-04522-8
  • — (November 1996), Health Against Wealth: HMOs and the Breakdown of Medical Trust, Houghton-Mifflin, ISBN 978-0-395-82283-8
  • — (January 2003), Perfect Enough: Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett-Packard, Portfolio, ISBN 978-1-59184-003-9
  • — (October 2011), The Rare Find: Spotting Extraordinary Talent Before Anyone Else, Portfolio, ISBN 978-1-59184-425-9
  • — (2017). You can do anything : the surprising power of a "useless" liberal arts education. Little, Brown.

Critical studies and reviews of Anders' workEdit

  • Reitter, Paul (February 22, 2018). "The business of learning". The New York Review of Books. 65 (3): 30, 32–33. Review of You can do anything.


  1. ^ "Stanford Breakfast Briefings". Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  2. ^ "BEST SELLERS: February 16, 2003". The New York Times. 16 February 2003. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "More about George Anders, author of The Rare Find". George Anders Books. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Midwest ACE: Connecting College to Career". Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. ^ "UCLA Gerald Loeb Awards, past finalists". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  6. ^ | accessdate = May 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes, 1997". Lack of Assurance. Dow Jones & Co. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Pulitzer Prize-winning author George Anders addresses Washington & Jefferson College's Class of 2017". Retrieved 26 May 2018.