Book reviews

Redemptive tale of Wall Street excess

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

Book cover - Fragile by Design, by Charles Calomiris & Stephen Haber

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

Front cover of Fat Chancer

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

Cover of Branson: Behind The Mask

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.

A biography of the vampire squid

Cover of 'What Happened to Goldman Sachs'

Book review: What Happened to Goldman Sachs, by Steven Mandis
Steven Mandis’ book on Goldman Sachs may be accessible, but it’s also wholly inadequate.

The West Wing scripted by Henry James

Cover of The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book review: The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of America’s Progressive Era through the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

A lively and readable account of our gigantic economic mess

Cover of Life After the State by Dominic Frisby

Book review: Life After The State, by Dominic Frisby
A serious economic and cultural critique of Big Government and an easily accessible history of sound money, inflation, and the role of gold.

An anatomy of Amazon

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Book review: The Everything Store, by Brad Stone
Brad Stone’s exploration of Amazon is a must-read for those who want to understand the all-conquering online retailer, says Matthew Partridge.

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