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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 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

Cover of Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent

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.

How the Big Bang changed the City – and the world

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Book review: Crash, Bang, Wallop: The Inside Story of London’s Big Bang and a Financial Revolution that Changed the World
A zippy historical narrative that celebrates the cultural and financial change that transpired in 1980s Britain.

A skilful exposé, but no smoking gun

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Book review: Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power
Trump Revealed is a cut above the standard political biography, but the full exposé is yet to be written, says Matthew Partridge.

A Banquet of Consequences: An engaging take on our economic woes

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Book review: A Banquet of Consequences
Satyajit Das is more provocative than other writers who have attempted to diagnose what is wrong with the recovery, says Matthew Partridge.

Speaking Out: Ed Balls on the man behind the tango

Cover of Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics

Book review: Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics
Ed Balls’ memoirs contain some background on Britain’s decision to abandon joining the euro, says Matthew Partridge.

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