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Halloween, Zombies and the Devil's Derivatives

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 31, 2011, at 7:20 PM in Staff Picks

This may be a ghost story. It happened on a dark night mistaken for morning in America, a night that would descend over the entire financial world. Nicholas Dunbar sets the scene in his book, The Devil's Derivatives: For most of it's history, our financial system was built by on the stolid, cautious decisions of bankers, the men who hate to lose.

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Joe Nocera Interview

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 22, 2011, at 2:16 PM in News & Opinion

The following post and Q&A was written and submitted by Tom Ehrenfeld. Joe Nocera is one of the best business journalists working today. He combines a deep knowledge of business with a healthy dose of skepticism, not to mention a good journalist’s passion for poking the powerful in the eye when they need it.

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High Financier

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 10, 2010, at 9:04 PM in Staff Picks

Niall Ferguson writes big books about really big topics—The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and The Cash Nexus: Economics and Politics from the Age of Warfare Through the Age of Welfare, 1700-2000, just to name a few. At first blush, his latest book, High Financier, seems different. It focuses on "The Lives and Time" of just one man, Siegmund Warburg.

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Roger Lowenstein's take on the current financial crisis

By Jack, published January 21, 2010, at 2:45 PM in News & Opinion

From the introduction of his April 06, 2010 book called The End of Wall Street, Roger Lowenstein states: "On the evidence, Lehman was more nearly the climax, or one of a series of climaxes, in a long and painful cataclysm. By the time it failed, the critical moment was long past. Banks had suffered horrendous losses that drained their capital, and as the country was to discover, capitalism without capital is like a furnace without fuel.

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Retiring Wisely

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 25, 2009, at 7:16 PM in News & Opinion

For the working world, investing might be a scary venture these days, as the predictability of stocks might be mostly negative. Though that's changing, soon-to-be or recent retirees are facing even more critical decisions about what to do with their money that will ensure them comfortable living for as long as possible. Enter financial expert Daniel R.

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Life Inc.

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 17, 2009, at 8:15 PM in News & Opinion

Life Inc. , the recent book by writer, filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff, examines how corporations took over America and how we can now, in a struggling economy, use that situation to revive natural growth, and take back control from the grip of corporations that contributed to creating the situation we're in. Overall, the book is an inspiring proposal to look at the downside of the current economy with optimism and enthusiasm to make positive change.

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Why You Should Read Michael Lewis

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 24, 2009, at 2:30 PM in News & Opinion

There are a set of writers who we assign superpowers to in The 100 Best. To the Wall Street trader turned juggernaut writer Michael Lewis, we assigned interpretation. And that may not seem like much of a gift, but it is his ability to make apparent, to bring meaning and understanding to those hidden forces.

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Article from Tony Jeary, author of Strategic Acceleration

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 18, 2009, at 3:18 PM in News & Opinion

Thanks to Tony Jeary, author of Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life, for the following article. Exceeding Expectations: The Key to Value By Tony Jeary OK, the economy is 'bad'. In spite of that, most of us still have to put food on the table, manage our business and produce a profit!

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Marshawn Evans offers advice for surviving tough economic times

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2008, at 3:33 PM in News & Opinion

During these tough economic times, Marshawn Evans, author of S. K. I.

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Galbraith v. Friedman

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 19, 2008, at 9:30 PM in News & Opinion

Barry Gewen of Paper Cuts (NYT book blog) had a very interesting post on the intellectual stock of John Kenneth Galbraith versus that of Milton Friedman on Wednesday. These two heavyweights of 20th century economics largely built the intellectual framework we hang our current discussions of macroeconomics on. Mr.

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For the investors: Focus on lasting demographic trends.

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2008, at 3:54 PM in News & Opinion

James Altucher is a master chess player, founder of the site Stockpickr and author of the newly published The Forever Portfolio: How to Pick Stocks That You Can Hold for the Long Run. He suggests investing in obesity, identity theft and auto safety--lasting demographic trends. He's on the NPR site.

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The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath reviewed in BusinessWeek

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 14, 2008, at 4:57 PM in News & Opinion

This week, BusinessWeek writer Chris Farrell reviewed The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Transformation of America's Economy, Politics, and Society by Robert J. Samuelson. If you enjoy identifying the ways the current economic situation is reminiscent of past event in recent history (say, the Reagan era and the recessions between the late 1960s and early 1980s), The Great Inflation and its Aftermath will deliver all-too-familiar reminders of economic instability, federal intervention, and renewed faith in the American system of innovation and reconstruction.