Launched at a time of major economic change and an uncommon era in business, this new annual series presents the most intriguing and rigorous coverage of the year's well-known and crucial-to-know developments in business and finance.
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Dean Starkman is editor of the Columbia Journalism Review's The Audit, which tracks financial journalism in print and on the web, and is CJR'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 investigative unit. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the Providence Journal to the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations. Ryan Chittum is deputy editor of CJR's The Audit. He's a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times. Martha M. Hamilton is a writer and deputy editor with PolitiFact.com, which, in 2009, became the first non-print winner of the Pulitzer Prize. She also investigates complaints about financial journalism for CJR's The Audit. She was a writer, Wall Street and corporate crime editor, and personal finance columnist for The Washington Post until 2008. Felix Salmon is the finance blogger for Reuters and has been blogging since 1999. He arrived at Reuters from Conde Nast's Portfolio.com, where he originated the Market Movers financial blog. He arrived in the United States in 1997 from England, where he worked at Euromoney magazine.
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
Phil Graham famously described journalism as 'the first rough draft of history,' but in an era of financial scandal and collapse, the business press has had to be something more: a guardian when government and other watchdogs fell by the wayside. This riveting collection of first rate pieces covers the waterfront from Apple to Pfizer, from debt default in Europe to bugging at News Corp. and, of course, the ongoing saga of foreclosures, bankers and regulators in America, updated with an inquiry into inequality and the '1%.' This volume of digestible-sized, stiletto-sharp stories will surprise the reader at how much he or she may have missed and reminds us all how momentous was the business world of 2011. -- Roger Lowenstein, author of The End of Wall Street A riveting cross-section of hard-hitting investigative journalism... The breadth, depth, and quality of writing are sure to engage a diversity of readers. Publishers Weekly ...this book presents revealing, and sometimes shocking, investigations. Library Journal Whether readers are familiar with some of the news stories or not, this collection exposesbehaviors-both good and bad-along with their impacts, and leaves readers with much to think about. Booklist ...an absolute must-read for anyone seeking to keep their finger on the pulse of the world economy. Midwest Book Review
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