The Best Business Writing 2015

Paperback | December 8, 2015

EditorDean Starkman

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Corporate monopolies, gross mismanagement, retail delivery drones, the growing app economy-2015 was a year of profound changes in the world of business and finance. Offering clear-eyed assessments of these developments along with compelling profiles and muckraking reports, the incisive articles in this volume provide an essential guide for understanding business's influence on economics, politics, and culture.

Selections include Sarah Maslin Nir's explosive exposé of the nail-salon industry in the New York Times and the Associated Press's disheartening investigation into slave-labor practices abroad. The stories in this volume explore new frontiers in the way we do chores, eat takeout, order online, and dumpster-dive, showcasing business's rapid evolution under the influence of new technologies. Profiles include the amusing portrait of a young investor who made a fortune betting on penny stocks; the inspiring and cautionary story of an undocumented immigrant who became a star trader at Goldman Sachs; and the shocking account of a troubled financial prodigy who defrauded his inner circle of millions. Claire Suddath adds her take on corporate America's broken maternity-leave system (Businessweek), and Charles Levinson reminds us of Wall Street's close ties to Washington in a probing look at the making (and unmaking) of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act (Reuters).

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Corporate monopolies, gross mismanagement, retail delivery drones, the growing app economy-2015 was a year of profound changes in the world of business and finance. Offering clear-eyed assessments of these developments along with compelling profiles and muckraking reports, the incisive articles in this volume provide an essential guid...

Dean Starkman is based in New York and covers Wall Street as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He is also a fellow with the Center for Media, Data, and Society at Central European University's School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the Providenc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionAcknowledgmentsPart I. Business Unusual1. The Billionaire, the Dealer, and the $186 Million Rothko, by Stephanie Baker and Hugo Miller2. "Let's, Like, Demolish Laundry," by Jessica Pressler3. Monopoly's Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn't Pass "Go", by Mary Pilon4. The Ur-Deli, by Jordan WeismanPart II. Labor and Its Discontents5. The Price of Nice Nails, by Sarah Maslin Nir6. Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?, by Robin McDowell, Margie Mason, and Martha Mendoza7. The Assistant Economy, by Francesca Mari8. Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?, by Claire Suddath9. The Homeless Man Who Works in the Senate, by Catherine Rampell10. Smothered by a Boom in Banking, by Gretchen MorgensonPart III. Technology: Behind the Screen11. The Pro Dumpster Diver Who's Making Thousands Off America's Biggest Retailers, by Randall Sullivan12. The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed, by Adrian Chen13. Amazon Must Be Stopped, by Franklin Foer14. Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program, by Alexis C. MadrigalPart IV. Business Accountability15. Boom: North America's Expensive Oil-by-Rail Problem, by Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones16. Firestone and the Warlord, by T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones17. Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General, by Eric Lipton18. Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case, by Kurt Eichenwald19. Gasping for Action, by Raquel RutledgePart V. Financial Follies20. Young Financier's Insurance Empire Collapses, by Mark Maremont and Leslie Scism21. This Twenty-Seven-Year-Old Made Millions Riding the Death Spirals of Penny Stocks, by Zeke Faux22. The Greatest Tax Story Ever Told, by Zachary Mider23. How Wall Street Captured Washington's Effort to Rein in Banks, by Charles Levinson24. How an Undocumented Immigrant from Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs, by Max AbelsonList of ContributorsPermissions