Book, film and theatre reviews

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MoneyWeek's film theatre and book reviews – A look at some of the best financial books on the shelves at the moment, plus film and theatre reviews.

Who controls the levers of power?

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Book review: The Square and the Tower
Niall Ferguson argues in his new book that they reveal an underlying truth about both society and the economy.

Book of the week: Democracy and oligarchs

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Book review: The Oligarch
An interesting spin on the topical issues of power and inequality in society.

A useful guide to investing

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Book review: Big Money Thinks Small
An intelligent book on investing that will benefit the expert and the novice alike, says Matthew Partridge.

Ray Dalio’s eccentric approach to management

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Principles could be helpful for investors – but not in the way author Ray Dalio intended.

Book of the week: Extreme wealth is a double-edged sword

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Uneasy Street is a fascinating study of what it means to be wealthy at the start of the 21st century.

Narcos: an intelligent gangster series

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Narcos goes beyond the usual clichés to take a more detailed look at the drug trade as a business, says Matthew Partridge.

No better historian for the Old Lady

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Book review: Till Time’s Last Sand
David Kynaston has written a definitive history of the Bank of England.

Book of the week: The day Britain crashed out of the ERM

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Book review: Six Days in September
A well-written account that also looks at the history of attempts to manage currencies.

Clinton asks what went wrong

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Book review: What Happened
In this new book, Clinton gives her account of the tumultuous campaign and the aftermath of her shock defeat.

What lies behind the surge in populist movements?

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Book review: The Fate of the West
Bill Emmott investigates why so many people are expressing open admiration for authoritarian leaders.

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