The Best Business Writing 2012

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Columbia University Press, 2012 - Business & Economics - 439 pages
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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. Divided into thematic sections, such as bad business behavior; the financial system and its discontents; trends in global markets; the relationship between politics and money; big-picture practices; and news from the corporate world, the anthology fills a longstanding gap for those seeking diverse, enriching, yet entertaining perspectives on the business of business.

This year's selections include Rolling Stone's profile of Don Blankenship and his corrupt tenure as CEO of Massey Energy; the London Guardian's original, unprecedented investigation into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and its indictment of the Rupert Murdoch media empire; and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poignant account of the fatal consequences of federal deregulation in health and medicine. Two searing pieces on the ongoing mortgage scandal, one a hard look at the role of hedge fund Magnetar in perpetuating the housing bubble for financial gain, and the other a detailed breakdown of Countrywide's malfeasance, provide critical context and background; while articles on recoveries in Ireland, Germany, and elsewhere suggest a way foreword from recession. Additional articles tackle bank fees and bailouts, the Buffet Rule, the corporate lobby's reach, the Greenspan legacy, the rise of a global business elite, the future of the American auto industry, and the meaning of recent shakeups at Pfizer, Gucci, IKEA, and other corporate institutions.

  

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Review: The Best Business Writing

User Review  - Kirsti - Goodreads

The best piece in this collection is the first one, which is about hardworking, formerly middle-class people who live out of their cars. I read it when it came out in Rolling Stone, and I didn't ... Read full review

Contents

Jeff Goodell
3
by News of the World
27
Ordinary News Company
33
Hugh Grant
38
Raquel Rutledge and Rick
50
The Financial System
73
Whistleblowers Say Former Employees
83
America
99
Paul Krugman
208
Chrystia Freeland
221
Carney
244
David Segal
252
Alex Blumberg
264
Marcia Angell
303
Peter Elkind and Jennifer
329
Daniel Soar
357

Matt Taibbi
104
Top Figures
121
Martin Wolf
137
Max Chafkin
143
Politics and Money
161
Warren Buffett
179
Know About Taxes
191
John Gapper
368
Lauren Collins
375
James B Stewart
402
Bernie Woodall
409
Cliff Kuang
423
Permissions
429
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About the author (2012)

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 investigative unit. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the Providence Journal to the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations.

Martha M. Hamilton is a former writer, editor, and columnist for the Washington Post who investigates complaints about financial journalism for CJR's "The Audit." She is also the author, along with former Post colleague Warren Brown, of Black and White and Red All Over.

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. He is also a contributor to Bad News: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century. His recent work can be seen at http://www.cjr.org/author/ryan-chittum-1/.

Felix Salmon is the finance blogger for Reuters. He arrived in the United States in 1997 from England, where he worked at Euromoney magazine. He also wrote daily commentary on Latin American markets for the former news service, Bridge News, and created the Economonitor blog for Roubini Global Economics.