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: why markets act irrationally

Cover of The Behavioral Investor by Daniel Crosby

Book review: The Behavioral Investor
It’s widely accepted that markets and individual investors don’t always act rationally. Daniel Crosby tries to explain why.

China and the WTC – a real game changer

Cover of China, Trade and Power by Stewart Paterson

Book review: China, Trade and Power
Allowing China into the World Trade Organisation was an attempt to bind it to the rule of law and give US exporters access to its markets. That plan has failed, says Stewart Paterson.

Film of the week: a solid drama that could have been much better

Film review: Peterloo
Peterloo is a solid costume drama that shines a light on a significant piece of social and economic history. But it does need a bit of trimming and sharper focus.

Book in the news: James O'Brien, the bloviating pundit of the left

Book review: How To Be Right
LBC presenter James O’Brien is a bit of an oddity – a radio talk-show host with liberal views.

Book of the week: predicting and exploiting market cycles

Mastering the Market Cycle by Howard Marks

Book review: Mastering the Market Cycle
Howard Marks’ book is more rounded and nuanced than others that deal with the subject.

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.

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