Class of 1979

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In 1979, Lynne Cheney, the wife of the present American vice president, published a novel, Executive Privilege. It was no jewel of fine writing, but merely another entry in a popular genre of the day, the presidential-conspiracy-thriller bonkbuster. (Even Spiro Agnew got in on the act with his own literary masterpiece, The Canfield Decision, now […]

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Shades of Grey

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Ron Suskind is the journalist who deservedly won a Pulitzer Prize for his action-packed The One Percent Doctrine, with its revelations of the extent that the US was prepared to walk on what Dick Cheney called ‘the dark side’ in order to avert a catastrophe worse than 9/11. ‘Quite far out’ was his conclusion, with […]

Survival of the Fittest

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Behind every major historical phenomenon and every great civilisation lies a financial secret. Such is the starting point of Niall Ferguson’s wonderfully accessible new book, a perfectly timed primer for the many seeking enlightenment on economic history during these difficult times.  The rise of ancient Babylon was intimately tied to the evolution of credit and […]

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