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.


Life in the rustbelt

Cover of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance

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.

An infectious look at the life of Hamilton

Hamilton

Theatre review: Hamilton: An American Musical
Are you ready for a show about a loudmouth, promiscuous American politician? No, not Trump, says Matthew Partridge – America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

Who would have thought it possible: an amusing lecture on tax

Tax isn’t the most obvious topic for a comedy skit, yet somehow Dominic Frisby pulls it off, says John Stepek.

The drama of banking in three acts

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Book review: British Banking: Continuity And Change From 1694 To The Present
Look past the price and British Banking is an accessible book for the curious general reader, says Matthew Partridge.

A wonderfully eccentric guide to successful investing

Cover of The Stock Picker: A Financial History from the Sharp End by Paul Mumford

Book review: The Stock Picker: A Financial History from the Sharp End
If you’re interested in how the City worked before the Big Bang, you’ll love The Stock Picker, says Matthew Partridge.

A “silkily bitchy” political memoir

Cover of Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir, by Ken Clarke

Book review: Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir
Reading Ken Clarke’s memoirs is a bit like being at an after-dinner talk over brandy and cigars, says Matthew Partridge.

How the 1% escape the taxman

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Book review: Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent
Brooke Harrington impressive book explores the wealth-management industry through the eyes of the managers themselves.

Alan Greenspan: hero or villain?

Cover of The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan

Book review: The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
If you enjoy reading about politics and want to understand how central bankers can be swayed by outside pressure and ambition, this is the book for you, says Matthew Partridge.

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