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.


Book of the week: Backlash against democracy is nothing new

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Book review: Age of Anger
Pankaj Mishra’s long-term historical approach is a refreshing contrast to those who solely blame short-term causes.

Gold: an intriguing look at the Bre-X scandal of the 1990s

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Film review: Gold
Despite some unfavourable reviews, Gold is an intriguing film that’s worth seeing, says Matthew Partridge.

An unusually gripping business book

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Book review: The Upstarts
Colourful characters and high stakes that make this an unusually gripping business book.

A peek inside the world of Davos Man

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Book review: Nothing But A Circus: Misadventures Among The Powerful
Daniel Levin gives a good taste of the world of the rich and powerful, says Matthew Partridge.

Book of the week: A look back at Britain's currency crisis

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Book review: When Britain Went Bust
This is an extremely readable account of a moment when domestic politics and global finance collided.

A succession of enmities

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Book review: Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy
This lastest biography of the late prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, is a masterpiece of compression.

Book of the week: Get ready for peak globalisation

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Book review: The Retreat of Globalisation
We’ve reached peak globalisation, reckons Gervais Williams. From now here on in, the environment for international trade will be much less favourable.

Life in the rustbelt

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Book review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Talk about poverty in the US and you’ll think of inner-city Detroit or Baltimore, says Matthew Partridge. But over the past decade, the areas that have done the worst are in the “rustbelt”.

Television review: Billions

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Glossy financial drama Billions was one of the big American television hits of last year. Matthew Partridge gives his thoughts.

The five best books of 2016

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Matthew Partridge casts his eye back over the five best books of 2016 for MoneyWeek readers.

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