The Best Business Writing 2012

Paperback | June 19, 2012

EditorDean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, Ryan Chittum

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An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has called "riveting and indispensable," The Best Business Writing is a far-ranging survey of business's dynamic relationship with politics, culture, and life. This year's selections include John Markoff (New York Times) on innovations in robot technology and the decline of the factory worker; Evgeny Morozov (New Republic) on the questionable value of the popular TED conference series and the idea industry behind it; Paul Kiel (ProPublica) on the ripple effects of the ongoing foreclosure crisis; and the infamous op-ed by Greg Smith, published in the New York Times, announcing his break with Goldman Sachs over its trading practices and corrupt corporate ethos.

Jessica Pressler (New York) delves into the personal and professional rivalry between former spouses and fashion competitors Tory and Christopher Burch. Peter Whoriskey (Washington Post) exposes the human cost of promoting pharmaceuticals for off-label uses. Charles Duhigg and David Barboza (New York Times) investigate Apple's unethical labor practices in China. Max Abelson (Bloomberg) reports on Wall Street's amusing reaction to the diminishing annual bonus. Mina Kimes (Fortune) recounts the grisly story of a company's illegal testing-and misuse-of a medical device for profit, and Jeff Tietz (Rolling Stone) composes one of the most poignant and comprehensive portraits of the financial crisis's dissolution of the American middle class.

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An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has called "riveting and indispensable," The Best Business Writing is a far-ranging survey of business's dynamic relationship with politics, culture, and life. This year's selections include John Markoff (New York Times) on innovations in robot technology and the decline of the factory worker; Evgeny Moro...

Dean Starkman is editor of the Columbia Journalism Review's business section, The Audit, which tracks financial journalism in print and on the web, and is the magazine's Kingsford Capital Fellow. A reporter for two decades, he worked eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer and was chief of the Providence Journal's investigat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I. Bad Business1. The Dark Lord of Coal Country, by Jeff Goodell2. Missing Milly Dowler's Voicemail Was Hacked by News of the World, by Nick Davies and Amellia Hill3. Phone-Hacking Crisis Shows News Corp Is No Ordinary News Company, by Jay Rosen4. The Bugger, Bugged, by Hugh Grant5. A Case of Shattered Trust, by Raquel Rutledge and Rick BarrettPart II. The Financial System and Its Discontents6. The "Subsidy": How a Handful of Merrill Lynch Bankers Helped Blow Up Their Own Firm, by Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger7. Countrywide Protected Fraudsters by Silencing Whistleblowers, Say Former Employees, by Michael Hudson8. Curse the Geniuses Who Gave Us Bank of America, by Jonathan Weil9. Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?, by Matt Taibbi10. In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures, by Gretchen Morgenson and Louise StoryPart III. Over There11. Time for Germany to Make Its Fateful Choice, by Martin Wolf12. In Norway, Start-Ups Say Ja to Socialism, by Max ChafkinPart IV. Politics and Money13. Swiped: Banks, Merchants, and Why Washington Doesn't Work for You, by Zach Carter and Ryan Grim14. Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren Buffett15. Blame for the Financial Mess Starts with the Corporate Lobby, by Steven Pearlstein16. Nine Things the Rich Don't Want You to Know About Taxes, by David Cay Johnston17. The Hijacked Crisis, by Paul Krugman18. Greenspan, Rubin, and a Roomful of Hypocrites, by Morgan HouselPart V. The Big Picture19. The Rise of the New Global Elite, by Chrystia Freeland20. Can the World Still Feed Itself?, by Brian M. Carney21. Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!, by David Segal22. When Patents Attack!, by Alex Blumberg and Laura Sydell23. The Illusions of Psychiatry, by Marcia Angell24. From Inside Job, by Charles Ferguson, Adam Bolt, and Chad BeckPart VI. Corporate Stories25. Inside Pfizer's Palace Coup, by Peter Elkind and Jennifer Reingold, with Doris Burke26. It Knows, by Daniel Soar27. Innovators Don't Ignore Customers, by John Gapper28. House Perfect, by Lauren Collins29. Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him, by James B. Stewart30. How Ford Became Last Man Standing, by Bernie Woodall and Kevin Krokicki31. What Made Steve Jobs So Great?, by Cliff KuangPermissionsList of Contributors

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...an absolute must-read for anyone seeking to keep their finger on the pulse of the world economy.