Tag Archives: History

Black edge: inside information, dirty money, and the quest to bring down the most wanted man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Overview: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – The story of the billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history—for readers of The Big Short, Den of Thieves, and Dark Money. The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of …
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The rise and fall of American growth: the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon.

Overview: In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving …
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How Was Life?

 The OECD has just published “How Was Life? Global Well-being since 1820”. The report presents the first systematic evidence on long-term trends in global well-being since 1820 for 25 major countries and 8 regions in the world covering more than 80% of the world’s population. The historical evidence reviewed in the study is organized around …
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Fatal risk: a cautionary tale of AIG’s corporate suicide by Roddy Boyd. (Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011)

Synopsis The inside story of the company at the center of the financial maelstrom and how it brought down the entire economic system. Written by star investigative reporter Roddy Boyd, Fatal Risk is the first book to tell the complete story of AIG’s pivotal role in the 2008 financial crisis. Relying on insider information available …
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The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick. ISBN: 9780753522745

Synopsis from the Publisher IN LITTLE MORE THAN HALF A DECADE, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook …
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The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. ISBN: 9780141011455

Synopsis The Smartest Guys in the Room is fundamentally a human drama — of people drunk on their own success, people so ambitious, so certain of their own brilliance, so fueled by greed and hubris that they believed they could fool the world. The book explores the motives, thoughts, and secret fears of a fascinating …
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