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 I caused a banking meltdown

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Theatre review: £¥€$ (Lies)
Matthew Partridge learns some important investment lessons after taking part in an immersive financial experiment at the Almeida Theatre’s production of Lies.

Book in the news: a useful addition to the library of crisis literature

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Book review: Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
An authoritative study on the causes of the global financial crisis.

An eye-opening documentary on wealth

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Series review: Generation Wealth
Lauren Greenfield’s exploration of the excesses of wealth is worth watching for the dark comedy alone.

Five books to cheer you up this summer

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Merryn Somerset Webb picks five books for those people who think everything is just awful these days.

The Lehman Trilogy: the rise and fall of a Wall Street institution

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The National Theatre’s intelligent and moving production of The Lehman Trilogy should be on everyone’s list of plays to see, says Matthew Partridge.

Book in the news: the rise and fall of a high-street tycoon

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Book review: The Inside Story of Sir Philip Green, the Collapse of BHS and the Death of the High Street
An unflattering look at the role played by Philip Green in the collapse of BHS.

A genuinely entertaining political memoir

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Book review: The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
If you are interested in US politics, or simply want to learn about an important American politician who is not Donald Trump, this is the book for you.

Film of the week: The Post

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Film review: The Post
The Post is an entertaining historical drama that delivers a new and unfamiliar twist on the history of the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration.

Why China is set to hit the Great Wall of Debt

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The engine of global growth is set to slow sharply and that will have implications for investors all around the world, author Dinny McMahon tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

Book in the news: how America lost China to communism

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Book review: The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-47
A look at the often overlooked early stages of the Cold War in Asia.

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