Current Events & Public Affairs


An Excerpt from The Fine Print

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 19, 2012, at 6:41 PM in Excerpts

Since Michael did such a fine job in his review of Steven Johnson's Future Perfect on Monday of describing how the future may well be, well. . .

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500 Days, Eleven Years Later

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2012, at 2:35 PM in Staff Picks

It's the morning after 9/11, eleven years later. As I sat down to write this post yesterday, I began typing up a description of four commercial airplanes hijacked by religious zealots and flown into the heart of the American establishment: two hitting a set of twin towers in the middle of the country's financial district, which when built were the tallest on Earth; another crashing into a five-sided office building—still the largest on Earth by sheer floor area—that housed the nerve center of the mightiest military the world has ever known; and one that was brought down in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania before it could reach it's final target, believed to be either the White House or the U. S.

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Innovation Economics

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 20, 2012, at 9:19 PM in Staff Picks

Politicians and the punditry across the country are making a good living discussing America's decline, but no one seems to be doing very much about it other than asking people to "vote for me" or "listen to me. " It seems like every time we turn to the news, it's the same story with a different punchline, usually dictated by what side of the political divide the speaker is coming from. Robert Atkinson and Stephen Ezell's new book, Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage, is a welcome, wonkish 440 page respite.


Red Ink

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 6, 2012, at 10:49 PM in News & Opinion

You may know David Wessel as the white bearded journalist from Washington Week. What you may not know even if you watch that show is how great a writer he is. He is the Wall Street Journal economics editor, has multiple Pulitzer Prizes, and when we were still reeling from financial catastrophe in 2009 he wrote a brilliant book, In Fed We Trust, about the folks putting out the fire that made me feel as the world might not end after all.


The Best Business Writing 2012

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 23, 2012, at 4:10 PM in Staff Picks

There is nothing that excites me quite as much as the English language when beautifully crafted, burdened with a purpose, and bearing the truth. I find it in my favorite poetry and great works of fiction that expose our human core, in artfully crafted works of nonfiction that explore the human story in all its facets and fascination, and yes, even in the best that business books have to offer. But, I find it most often when I sit down with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel every day over lunch, or when I follow the thread of a story contained in the a link in an email from ProPublica, when I relax with The New Yorker, Fast Company, and Foreign Affairs at home, or when I listen to a well-crafted story on This American Life or a great interview with Charlie Rose.


Thoughts on "Generation Sell"

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 15, 2011, at 3:09 AM in News & Opinion

"The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan. " That quote comes from an intriguing opinion piece called Generation Sell that was published in the New York Times this weekend. It is a piece about a generation just coming of age and today's youth culture.


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.


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.


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.


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.