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: the remarkable success of the Marshall Plan

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Book review: The Marshall Plan
This is an ambitious and deeply researched narrative look at the plan that put Europe back on its feet.

Book of the week: the rise of the Russian mob

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Book review: The Vory
An overview of the Russian mafia that couldn’t be timelier.

A solid introduction to the history of economic thought

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Book review: The Great Economists
Linda Yueh presents a solid introduction to the history of economic thought.

Book in the news: a compelling history of the factory

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Book review: Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World
Joshua Freeman’s book looks at the rise, decline and possible fall of the great institution that is the production line.

Book of the week: Trust people to make their own decisions

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Book review: Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn
A book from a Facebook co-founder proposing a basic income that breaks the mould.

Just born lucky

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Book review: Quirky
Are geniuses born, made, or just lucky? This book attempts to answer these questions by looking at the innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors who changed our lives.

McMafia: a rollicking adventure with a message

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DVD of the week: McMafia
Crime drama McMafia is a rollicing adventure that makes some good points about the extent to which dirty money has corrupted governments around the world.

In the footsteps of George Orwell

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Book review: Hired, by James BloodworthIn this discomforting book, Bloodworth goes undercover to explore the world of casual labour.

How America could end up like Venezuela

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Book review: Political Tribes, by Amy ChuaPolitics based around tribal identity is not healthy for a country.

Book in the news: Stop talking and start acting

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Book review: Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s latest offering explores why you should only listen to those with skin in the game.

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