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 ...
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Best Business Writing 2012

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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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Editorial Reviews

Roger Lowenstein

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.

Midwest Book Review

...an absolute must-read for anyone seeking to keep their finger on the pulse of the world economy.


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.

Library Journal
This first annual collection from Columbia University Press presents 31 of the best English-language writings on business, finance, and economics from magazines, newspapers, blogs, tape recordings, filmed interviews, radio shows, and even a movie. The editors, including Starkman (editor, Columbia Journalism Review), believe that "ignorance about matters business and financial is no longer an option." They include a brief history of business writing, touching on Business Week in 1929, Fortune in 1930, and the Wall Street Journal in 1941, and organize the articles in sections called "Bad Business," "Financial Systems and Discontents," "Over There" (e.g., foreign countries), "Politics and Money," "The Big Picture" (e.g., food, patents, law schools), and "Corporate Stories." These exposés and critiques cover companies like Pfizer, Ikea, Countrywide Financial, and coal company Massey Energy; CEOs such as Bill Ford Jr., Warren Buffett, and Steve Jobs; institutions including the SEC, FBI, and U.S. Department of the Treasury; and issues such as taxes, lobbying, etc. VERDICT For business-interested readers, this book presents revealing, and sometimes shocking, investigations. The lack of an index is a flaw.—Joanne B. Conrad, Geneseo, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231504331
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Columbia Journalism Review Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,371,318
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Fossil-Lagerstatten: Jewels of the Fossil Record 1
2 Enigmatic Ediacara Fossils: Ancestors or Aliens? 11
3 Chengjiang: Early Record of the Cambrian Explosion 35
4 Burgess Shale: Cambrian Explosion in Full Bloom 61
5 Burgess Shale-Type Localities: The Global Picture 91
6 Orsten Deposits from Sweden: Miniature Late Cambrian Arthropods 117
7 Beecher's Trilobite Bed: Ordovician Pyritization for the Other Half of the Trilobite 131
8 Hunsruck Slate: Widespread Pyritization of a Devonian Fauna 143
9 Bear Gulch: An Exceptional Upper Carboniferous Plattenkalk 167
10 Mazon Creek: Preservation in Late Paleozoic Deltaic and Marginal Marine Environments 185
11 Gres a Voltzia: Preservation in Early Mesozoic Deltaic and Marginal Marine Environments 205
12 Monte San Giorgio: Remarkable Triassic Marine Vertebrates 221
13 Berlin-Ichthyosaur: Preserving Some of the Earth's Largest Marine Vertebrates 243
14 Osteno: Jurassic Preservation to the Cellular Level 251
15 Posidonia Shale: Germany's Jurassic Marine Park 265
16 La Voulte-Sur-Rhone: Exquisite Cephalopod Preservation 293
17 Oxford Clay: England's Jurassic Marine Park 307
18 Solnhofen: Plattenkalk Preservation with Archaeopteryx 327
19 Smoky Hill Chalk: Spectacular Cretaceous Marine Fauna 353
20 Monte Bolca: An Eocene Fishbowl 365
Contributors 379
Index 383
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