Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Five top books about the financial market

Mariana Mazzucato is a Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and Director of UCL's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Her latest book is The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy.

At the Guardian she tagged five books to help us understand how political forces shape the markets, including:
One of the most memorable characters in The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen, is Alfred, a man whose life has been dedicated to working for a local railway company. When that company is asset stripped, his life is destroyed. Alfred is hard-working, honest, good with his hands – the opposite of those working in the private equity industry responsible for the downfall of the rail firm. The message is that Alfred no longer has a place in a country run by speculative finance and the “market”.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Corrections is on Jenny Kawecki's list of four of the worst holidays in fiction, Nigel Williams's top ten list of books about the people in suburbia, Tim Lewis's list of the ten best Christmas lunches and John Mullan's list of ten of the best episodes of drunkenness in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue