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Brazillionaires by Alex Cuadros
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By Martin Langfield

In “Brazillionaires,” Alex Cuadros explores Latin America’s largest economy through some of its most spectacularly wealthy citizens, whose fortunes he tracked for several years as a reporter for Bloomberg News. It’s a zippy tale of
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Narconomics by Tom Wainwright
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By Martin Langfield

In “Narconomics,” journalist Tom Wainwright applies the logic of business to the bloody world of drug cartels. His book is both an extended black joke and a hard-headed analysis of the economics of getting high. The “war on drugs”
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America's Bank by Roger Lowenstein
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By Edward Chancellor

The Federal Reserve’s influence is so pervasive that we cannot imagine a world without it, writes Roger Lowenstein in his new book, “America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve.” Yet Americans have always blown
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Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner
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By Peter Thal Larsen

Scattered throughout Adair Turner’s “Between Debt and the Devil” is a little word that rarely features in most books about finance. The word is “we”. Its repeated appearance is a reminder that Turner is not just analysing the mala
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Other People's Money by John Kay
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By Edward Chancellor

In the laissez-faire world of Adam Smith, when individuals pursue their own selfish interests they unwittingly contribute to the benefit of all. That may be so when people are acting for themselves, as principals in the exchange.
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Postcapitalism by Paul  Mason
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By Kate Duguid

Paul Mason is that rare creature: a left-wing optimist. He isn’t mourning the death of labor power or the rise of machines. That’s because the two have converged to kill off capitalism. Well, nearly. The British journalist reckons we ar
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A Global Monetary Plague by Brendan Brown
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By Edward Chancellor

The venerable Wall Street firm of Lehman Brothers went belly-up seven years ago. Since then, the Federal Reserve has engaged in an extensive monetary campaign involving near-zero interest rates combined with the central bank’s lar
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France and the Politics of European Economic and Monetary Union by Valerie Caton
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By Edward Hadas

Swashbuckling cavaliers disappeared from European politics long ago. Even the age of eloquence seems past. But great things can be made out of the dull ingredients of modern diplomacy: meetings, position papers and fuzzy compromises. A
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Smart Money by Andrew Palmer
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By Peter Thal Larsen

Bashing finance is fashionable. Ever since the crisis, critics have lined up to topple the false idol of financial innovation from its pedestal. Spurred on by revelations about irresponsible lenders and rate-rigging traders, they
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Finance, un regard chrétien - De la banque médiévale à la mon... by Pierre de Lauzun
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Pierre de Lauzun won an award from the Vatican for “Finance, un regard chrétien”. The French banker’s book, not yet translated into English but whose title means “Finance: A Christian Perspective”, is relevant beyond enthusiasts for Ca
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