Dag Detter and Stefan Fölster
Governments have trillions of dollars in assets, from companies to forests, but they are often poorly managed. Two investment experts explain how things could be improved by ring-fencing assets from political meddling2 in independent holding companies. Professional managers could sweat them as if they were privately3 owned.
Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance
If the world is to avoid future banking4 collapses5, or at least limit their economic impact, people need to think clearly about what the finance sector6 is for. This book does the job.
Inequality: What Can Be Done?
A crunchy book that analyses policy discussions in detail but avoids dullness, thanks to its unapologetic support for robust7 government intervention8.
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics
Why people don't behave the way economic models predict lies at the heart of this brilliant intellectual history by the founder9 of this once-obscure blend of psychology10 and economics.
Economists12 still have a lot of explaining to do. Dani Rodrik reassures13 those outside the profession of the helpfulness of economists, and also removes some of the wishful thinking from his colleagues.
Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup
Any country thinking of hosting an international sporting jamboree should read this book to see what a bad deal the IOC and FIFA seek to foist14 on them. Hamburg has just voted against bidding for the 2024 Olympic games. Clever move.
Culture, society and travel：The Road to Character
The author, a columnist16 for the New York Times, clearly thinks people are too full of themselves. A thoughtful polemic17 on why the self-regarding Facebook generation should move from narcissism18 to thoughtfulness. They'd be much happier.
Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family
Why organisations will have to change radically20 to make work-life balance a reality, by a respected foreign-policy expert who left her high-octane government job to spend more time with her two teenage sons. A rational, well-argued call to arms. Move over Sheryl Sandberg.
Between the World and Me
In a homage21 to James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time", a father writes a warning letter to his teenage son about growing up black.
One of Britain's foremost tenors24, Ian Bostridge has performed Schubert's "Winterreise" more than 100 times. He knows every last nuance25 of the work and his book offers many fresh insights that will inform the enjoyment26 of both old admirers and newcomers to the music.
Plucked: A History of Hair Removal
Most of Earth's mammals possess luxuriant fur. Only one seeks to remove it. A curious account of hair-erasing, and why people have tried clamshell razors, lasers, lye depilatories, tweezers27, waxes, threading and electrolysis to try and free themselves from hairiness.
How Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, better known as Nem of Rocinha, became a drug-dealer after his daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease and he needed the cash -- and how he eventually took over an entire Brazilian shantytown.
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