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.

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

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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.

The Alchemist: an enjoyable tale of Jacobean conmen

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Theatre review: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson
Despite a smattering of baffling 17th-century slang, the RSC’s production of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist is an enjoyable, high-energy comedy, says Matthew Partridge.

The Invisible Hand: A fiendishly clever captive drama

Theatre review: The Invisible Hand
The final twist is genuinely shocking in this unusually intelligent drama, says Matthew Partridge.

An investment library: The Intelligent Investor

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Book review
This is the book that no investor should be without, says Matthew Partridge.

A fresh perspective on value investing

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Concentrated Investing
An original approach to both value investing and diversification, and brings a new perspective to some familiar topics.

Leveraging the value effect

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The Defensive Value Investor
An accessible and engaging guide for any stock-picking private investor, says Matthew Partridge.

Postcapitalism: A Guide To Our Future by Paul Mason

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Book review: Postcapitalism: A Guide To Our Future by Paul Mason
A thought-provoking work on capitalism, whether you agree with him or not, says Stuart Watkins.

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