An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has called "riveting and
indispensable," The Best Business Writing is a far-ranging
survey of business's dynamic relationship with politics, culture,
and life. This year's selections include John Markoff ( New
York Times) on innovations in robot technology and the decline
of the factory worker; Evgeny Morozov ( New Republic) on
the questionable value of the popular TED conference series and the
idea industry behind it; Paul Kiel ( ProPublica) on the
ripple effects of the ongoing foreclosure crisis; and the infamous
op-ed by Greg Smith, published in the New York Times,
announcing his break with Goldman Sachs over its trading practices
and corrupt corporate ethos.
Jessica Pressler ( New York) delves into the personal
and professional rivalry between Tory and Christopher Burch, former
spouses now competing to dominate the fashion world. Peter
Whoriskey ( Washington Post) exposes the human cost of
promoting pharmaceuticals off-label. Charles Duhigg and David
Barboza ( New York Times) investigate Apple's unethical
labor practices in China. Max Abelson ( Bloomberg) reports
on Wall Street's amusing reaction to the diminishing annual bonus.
Mina Kimes ( Fortune) recounts the grisly story of a
company's illegal testing -- and misuse -- of a medical device for
profit, and Jeff Tietz ( Rolling Stone) composes one of
the most poignant and comprehensive portraits of the financial
crisis's dissolution of the American middle class.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Business, Economics
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