Book reviews

What dating tells you about markets

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Can economic theory help you to find love? Matthew Partridge reviews Paul Oyer’s new book that sets out to prove it can.

The art of successful entrepreneurship

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Book review: Zero to One – Notes on Start-ups, or How to Build the Future
The guide to setting up on your own from the founder of PayPal is a cut above the usual memoir, says Matthew Partridge.

How Fred the Shred broke Britain

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Book review: Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain
Ian Fraser’s book on the near-collapse of RBS is “well written, impeccably researched and hard to put down”.

The case for leaving Europe

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Book review: The Trouble with Europe, by Roger Bootle
Bootle makes the case for Britain leaving the EU. It’s a book everyone should read, says Matthew Partridge.

Redemptive tale of Wall Street excess

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Book review: The Buy Side, by Turney Duff
This introspective tale banking excess is a cut above the average Wall-Street tell-all, says Matthew Partridge.

A fascinating history of banking

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Book review: Fragile by Design, by Charles Calomiris & Stephen Haber
This is a great history of political interference in bank regulation, says James Ferguson. But a definitive analysis of the recent crisis it is not.

Lucid insights into the rise of China

Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China

Book review: Unbalanced, by Stephen Roach
Roach’s assessment of America’s trade relationship with China is well worth a read, says Matthew Partridge.

A well-aimed satirical swipe at City life

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Book review: Fat Chancer, by Richard Old
‘Fat Chancer’ shows that financial acumen and literary ability are not mutually exclusive, says Matthew Partridge.

Behind the mask is what you’d expect

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Book review: Branson Behind The Mask, by Tom Bower
While hardly flattering, Tom Bower’s latest book on Richard Branson isn’t ground-breaking either.

The pick of this year's financial books

Merryn Somerset Webb picks the best of this year’s books to work your way through over the Christmas break.

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