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.

Six contrarian books for Christmas

Merryn Somerset Webb picks six of her favourite contrarian books to help you look clever and perhaps win a few arguments over the Christmas dinner table.

Coming to terms with Anna Sorokin

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My Friend Anna: The true story of the fake heiress of New York City
Williams is a solid writer who does a good job of explaining how she, and other intelligent people, could be taken in by such a crook.

Book in the news… the inside story of Spain’s tumultuous crisis

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After the Fall Crisis, Recovery and the Making of a New Spain
A book that goes beyond politics to offer a deeply sympathetic portrayal of a country.

An offbeat take on economics

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Review: This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
A new TV series outfreaks Freakonomics.

How the free market created the greatest arts festival in the world

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Dominic Frisby explains how the Edinburgh Festival Fringe grew in a manner Adam Smith would be proud of into the biggest arts festival in the world.

Dodgy accounting, mental glitches and killer robots – just a few of my holiday reading tips

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John Stepek picks a sample of the books he’s read and enjoyed this year, for you to add to your holiday reading list.

Rutherford and Son: a portrait of a family business

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Theatre review: Rutherford and Son
Rutherford and Son offers a snapshot of economic and social life in Edwardian England.

Book review: a fascinating take on recent European history

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Alarums and Excursions
A former speechwriter for the European Council president looks at some of the key challenges that the EU has faced over the past decade.

Book in the news: Rees-Mogg's mind-bogglingly banal work of self-promotion

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Book review: The Victorians
Jacob Rees-Mogg makes little effort in this uninteresting and badly written run through of the usual Victorian suspects.

Death of a Salesman: this classic play is still vital

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Theatre review: Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s classic portrayal of the American dream turned bad is as relevant as ever.

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