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Six contrarian books for Christmas

Merryn Somerset Webb picks six of her favourite contrarian books to help you look clever and perhaps win a few arguments over the Christmas dinner tab…
9 Dec 2019
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The money to be made from classic books

If the idea of surrounding yourself with valuable first editions has a certain romantic appeal, here’s where to start.
28 Nov 2019
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Sift through the tech IPO flops to find the next Amazon.com

Some big names in tech have floundered since listing. That may be a buying opportunity, says Matthew Lynn.
15 Sep 2019
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Coming to terms with Anna Sorokin

My Friend Anna: The true story of the fake heiress of New York CityWilliams is a solid writer who does a good job of explaining how she, and other int…
21 Aug 2019
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Book in the news… the inside story of Spain’s tumultuous crisis

After the Fall Crisis, Recovery and the Making of a New SpainA book that goes beyond politics to offer a deeply sympathetic portrayal of a country.
21 Aug 2019
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An offbeat take on economics

Review: This Giant Beast That is the Global EconomyA new TV series outfreaks Freakonomics.
20 Aug 2019
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Dodgy accounting, mental glitches and killer robots – just a few of my holiday reading tips

John Stepek picks a sample of the books he's read and enjoyed this year, for you to add to your holiday reading list.
27 Jul 2019
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Rutherford and Son: a portrait of a family business

Theatre review: Rutherford and Son Rutherford and Son offers a snapshot of economic and social life in Edwardian England.
8 Jul 2019

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Book review: a fascinating take on recent European history

Alarums and Excursions A former speechwriter for the European Council president looks at some of the key challenges that the EU has faced over the pas…
27 May 2019
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Book in the news: Rees-Mogg's mind-bogglingly banal work of self-promotion

Book review: The VictoriansJacob Rees-Mogg makes little effort in this uninteresting and badly written run through of the usual Victorian suspects.
24 May 2019
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Lessons for budding entrepreneurs

Book review: What it Takes Raegan Moya-Jones' book is an entertaining and informative “warts and all” account of how she set up her business.
13 May 2019
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Book in the news: countries in therapy

Book review: Upheaval Jared Diamond’s approach is somewhat at odds with conventional historians as he attempts to draw lessons from countries that ha…
13 May 2019
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Book of the week: why Trump got elected

Book review: People, Power and Profits Joseph E Stiglitz addresses the discontent that paved Donald Trump's way to power.
13 May 2019
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Book of the week: the problems with Chinese trade

Book review: The Silk Road Trap Jonathan Holslag argues that Beijing has repeatedly outmanoeuvred Brussels by getting Europe to open its markets in re…
29 Apr 2019
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Seven well-chosen private equity case studies

Book review: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Private Equity Anybody wanting to know more about the private equity industry should find something th…
29 Apr 2019
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Book in the news: was Neville Chamberlain right to play for time?

Book review: Appeasing Hitler Tim Bouverie rises to the challenge of telling the complex story of appeasement.
29 Apr 2019
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Children and adults alike will enjoy this charming, elegant story, and its tuneful, catchy numbers, says Matthew Partridge.
16 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: making the case for Trump

The Case for TrumpMost pundits think that Donald Trump is doomed to be a one-term president. Military historian and conservative commentator Victor Da…
16 Apr 2019
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Book in the news: the manipulative advisers behind Trump’s throne

Kushner Inc: Greed. Ambition. CorruptionDonald Trump is a polarising figure, but even he’s not quite as unpopular as “Javanka”, the nickname for his d…
16 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: irrational markets and investor psychology

A Crisis of BeliefsAcademic economists Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Shleifer argue that financial markets can, behave in irrational ways.
3 Apr 2019
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A short, but to-the-point look at Brexit

Book review: Ninve lessons in BrexitIvan Roger makes a lot of good points in his analysis of where we've been going wrong with Brexit.
3 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: does austerity work or not?

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.
21 Mar 2019
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Book in the news: a thorough hatchet job on the Labour leader

Book review: Dangerous Hero Tom Bower's biography of Jeremy Corbyn book details his personal and political lives, from his childhood to becoming Labou…
21 Mar 2019
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Everything you needed to know about ETFs

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…
21 Mar 2019
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The rise and fall of an airline pioneer

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 i…
4 Mar 2019
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Great frauds in history: the collapse of Enron

Enron was energy company that was expanding aggressively, says Matthew Partridge. And the management was fiddling the finances.
27 Feb 2019
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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 Profess…
18 Feb 2019
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Book in the news: an impassioned attack on corporate culture

Book review: Lab Rats Dan Lyons’s book is an entertaining attack on the effect that the tech industry has had on everybody’s working lives
1 Feb 2019
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What “Boiler Room” teaches you about scams

Matthew Partridge looks at the lessons investors can learn from the film "Boiler Room".
18 Jan 2019
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Book of the week: Heroic Failure

Book review: Brexit and the Politics of Pain Irish writer Fintan O'Toole examines what Brexit reveals about Britain.
18 Jan 2019
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Book in the news: an engaging tale about a one-dimensional man

Book review: Mr Five Per Cent Philip Hanschers' biography of Calouste Gulbenkian examines what vast wealth does to a man and the people around him.
18 Jan 2019
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The case for freer markets

Book review: The Power of Capitalism Rainer Zitelmann looks at multiple case studies to make his point about the superiority of markets.
18 Jan 2019
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What Forrest Gump teaches you about venture capital

Forrest Gump teaches us that venture investing is like a box of chocolates, says Matthew Partridge. You never know what you're going to get.
11 Jan 2019
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Investment guides come and go, but the best advice stays the same

You don't need to wade through a mountain of books on finance to become a better investor, says Merryn Somerset Webb. These seven simple rules will st…
7 Jan 2019
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Six of the best books for investors

Merryn Somerset Webb recommends six books for investors – from bitcoin to investment trusts, via fish and horses.
2 Jan 2019
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Five of the best books I read in 2018

To close the year, John Stepek picks five of his favourite books on economics, investing and human behaviour.
31 Dec 2018
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What "The Graduate" teaches you about ETFs

Matthew Partridge looks at what investors can learn about exchange-traded funds from the film "The Graduate".
21 Dec 2018
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An essential skill for investors

Book review: The Signs Were There Tim Steer looks at the red flags that suggest not only that a firm is in trouble, but also that the management is …
14 Dec 2018
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What Breaking Bad teaches you about smart-beta funds

Matthew Partridge looks at what lessons television drama Breaking Bad holds for investors.
14 Dec 2018
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Book of the week: a country with coherent vision for its future

Book review: Russia Without Putin Tony Wood argues that the contemporary Western view of Russia lacks subtlety.
14 Dec 2018
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Volker looks back

Book review: Keeping At It Former Fed chair Paul Volcker's memoir is much more than an account of his life. It is his credo.
14 Dec 2018
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What A Midsummer Night’s Dream teaches you about investing

Matthew Partridge teases the lessons for investors out of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
7 Dec 2018
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Book in the news: how the US got hooked on prescription drugs

Book review: American Overdose Chris McGreal's meticulously researched book looks at what's behind America's deadly opioid addiction epidemic.
30 Nov 2018
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What The Model Millionaire teaches you about sentiment

Matthew Partridge explains what Oscar Wilde's The Model Millionaire can teach investors about market sentiment.
30 Nov 2018
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Book of the week: why markets act irrationally

Book review: The Behavioral Investor It's widely accepted that markets and individual investors don’t always act rationally. Daniel Crosby tries to e…
30 Nov 2018
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China and the WTC – a real game changer

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 exporter…
30 Nov 2018
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What Scoop teaches you about reflexivity

Evelyn Waugh's novel about journalism warns investors against creating their own realities, says Matthew Partridge.
23 Nov 2018
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What Macbeth teaches you about stock analysts

Matthew Partridge looks at what investors can learn from Shakespeare's Macbeth.
16 Nov 2018
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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.
16 Nov 2018