The Best Business Writing 2014

Paperback | December 16, 2014

EditorDean Starkman

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This anthology of the year's best investigative business writing explores the secret dealings of an elite Wall Street society and uncovers the crimes and misadventures of the young founder of Silk Road, the wildly successful online illegal goods site known as the "eBay of vice." It reveals how the Fed dithered while the financial crisis unfolded and explains why the leaders of a two-trillion-dollar bond fund went to war with each other. Articles from the best newspapers and magazines in the country delve into how junk-food companies use science to get you to eat more and how Amazon dodges the tax man how J.Crew revitalized itself by transforming its creative process and Russell Brand went deep on media and marketing after his GQ Awards speech went haywire.

Best Business Writing 2014 includes provocative essays on the NFL's cover-ups and corporate welfare, Silicon Valley's ultralibertarian culture, and the feminist critique of Sheryl Sandberg's career-advice book for women, Lean-In. Stories about toast, T-shirt making, and the slow death of the funeral business show the best writers can find worthy tales in even the most mundane subjects.

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This anthology of the year's best investigative business writing explores the secret dealings of an elite Wall Street society and uncovers the crimes and misadventures of the young founder of Silk Road, the wildly successful online illegal goods site known as the "eBay of vice." It reveals how the Fed dithered while the financial cris...

Dean Starkman is based in New York and covers Wall Street as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. A reporter for two decades, he worked for eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer and was chief of the Providence Journal's investigative unit. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170157

ISBN - 13:9780231170154

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IntroductionAcknowledgmentsPart I. Silicon Culture1. Why We Are Allowed to Hate Silicon Valley, by Evgeny Morozov2. Diary: Google Invades, by Rebecca Solnit3. Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not, by Susan Faludi4. Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht's Big Fail, by David KushnerPart II. Brave New Economic World5. A Tale of Two Londons, by Nicholas Shaxson6. London's Laundry Business, by Ben Judah7. How Technology and Hefty Subsidies Make U.S. Cotton King, by Robert Smith8. Invisible Child: Girl in the Shadows: Dasani's Homeless Life, by Andrea Eliot9. Russell Brand and the GQ Awards: "It's Amazing How Absurd It Seems", by Russell Brand10. Maximizing Shareholder Value: The Goal That Changed Corporate America, by Jia Lynn YangPart III. Frenzied Finance11. One Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society, by Kevin Roose12. Here's Why Wall Street Has a Hard Time Being Ethical, by Chris Arnade13. How the Fed Let the World Blow Up in 2008, by Matthew O'Brien14. Gross vs. El-Erian: Inside the Showdown Atop the World's Biggest Bond Firm, by Gregory Zuckerman amd Kirsten Grind15. Secret Currency Traders' Club Devised Biggest Market's Rates, by Liam Vaughan, Gavin Finch, and Bob Ivry16. Lunch with the FT: Meredith Whitney, by Lucy Kellaway17. A Pivotal Financial Crisis Case, Ending with a Whimper, by Jesse EisingerPart IV. Unhealthy Business18. Use Only as Directed, by Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller19. Merchants of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps the Cooks in Business, by Jonah Engle20. The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, by Michael Moss21. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis, by Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser, Steve Fainaru, and Mark Fainaru-WadaPart V. Creative Destruction22. How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into a Cult Brand, by Danielle Sacks23. The Mysterious Story of the Battery Startup That Promised GM a 200-Mile Electric Car, by Steve LeVine24. The Death of the Funeral Business, by Sandy Hingston25. Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson's Comeback Odyssey, by Ashlee Vance26. A Toast Story, by John GravoisPart VI. The Politics of Business27. Washington's Robust Market for Attacks, Half-Truths, by Michael Kranish28. He Who Makes the Rules, by Haley Sweetland Edwards29. A Word from Our Sponsor, by Jane Mayer30. Amazon's (Not So) Secret War on Taxes, by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke31. How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers, by Gregg EasterbrookList of ContributorsPermissions