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.

Book of the week: does austerity work or not?

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Book review: Austerity
A look at a wide number of case studies to gauge the efficacy of various austerity programmes over the last four decades.

Book in the news: a thorough hatchet job on the Labour leader

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Book review: Dangerous Hero
Tom Bower’s biography of Jeremy Corbyn book details his personal and political lives, from his childhood to becoming Labour leader in one of the “great accidents of political history”.

Everything you needed to know about ETFs

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Book review: The Ultimate ETF Guidebook
How ETFs evolved from simple funds that tracked the main indices to more complex smart-beta funds that attempt to beat the market.

Play of the week: The Price

David Suchet as Gregory Solomon in The Price

This excellent production conveys how the Great Depression changed attitudes towards risk and money far more effectively than any book or documentary.

The rise and fall of an airline pioneer

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Book review: Laker
Sir Freddie Laker is best known for his bargain-basement transatlantic flights, but the career that led up to his launch of these is almost as interesting.

Book in the news: the sham do-gooding of the billionaire class

Book review: Winners Take All
Philanthrocapitalism is a sham, argues Anand Giridharadas – a cover for dodging taxes or pushing causes dear to the hearts of the super-rich.

Book review: populist backlash could be good for democracy

Book review: The New Authoritarianism
The populist backlash against the role of experts in the political process isn’t such a bad thing, says Professor Salvatore Babones.

Play of the week: The American Clock

Clarke Peters

This a revival of a lesser-known play by the American playwright Arthur Miller examines what happens when the music stops, and the financial boom turns to bust.

A one-sided play that backfires spectacularly

Theatre review: I’m Not Running
David Hare’s play sets up some interesting questions, but it fails to provide any answers.

My infatuation with Ted Heath


Theatre review: ’75
Kieran Hodgson’s one-man show about Britain’s entry into Europe provides a welcome and amusing new angle on Brexit.

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