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 in the news: celebrating the American thirst for self-improvement

Capitalism in America by Adrian Wooldridge and Alan Greenspan

Book review: Capitalism in America
Adrian Wooldridge and Alan Greenspan make a strong case for free enterprise and markets.

A provocative take on populism

Cover of National Populism by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin

Book review: National Populism
Eatwell and Goodwin’s take on populism is a little repetitive at times, but it makes some good points and is well worth a read.

Book in the news: the death of US democracy?

The Fifth Risk By Michael Lewis

Book review: The Fifth Risk
Meticulous research lets Michael Lewis make a convincing case that faith in government has eroded alarmingly in recent years.

No classic, but an enjoyable read

Lake Success By Gary Shteyngart

Book review: Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart manages to capture the absurdity of financiers and their big-money world.

Book of the week: The Future of Capitalism

The Future of Capitalism, By Paul Collier

Book review: The Future of Capitalism
Professor Paul Collier of Oxford University outlines why he believes trust in our public institutions and business has collapsed.

Book in the news: a dollop of secret sauce for CEOs

Cover of Leadership Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times

Book review: Leadership
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book is not her usual historical study.

A dated introduction to cryptocurrencies

Cover of The Crypto Book How to Invest Safely in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Book review: The Crypto Book
How digital currencies operate, how they are going to evolve, and some investment ideas.

Book of the week: a Hollywood agent comes clean

Cover of Who Is Michael Ovitz? A Memoir

Book review: Who Is Michael Ovitz? A Memoir
Ovitz’s brutally honest memoir will appeal to both movie buffs and those fascinated by corporate machinations

Not a traitor, but an incompetent charlatan and a bully

Cover of Fear: Trump in the White House

Book review: Fear
A lack of juicy gossip makes Bob Woodward’s expose of Trump in the White House a credible and very damning read. 

Book in the news: masterly biography of an economic adventurer

Book review: John Law, A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century
An elegantly written biography of the colourful Scottish gambler, financier and early economist.

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