Book Bits | 25 November 2017

Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite
By Jake Bernstein
Summary via publisher (Henry Holt)
A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery, and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit from these activities, aided by bankers, lawyers, and auditors who get paid to look the other way. In Secrecy World, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca—a trove now known as the Panama Papers—as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe.

Harriman’s New Book of Investing Rules: The do’s and don’ts of the world’s best investors
By Christopher Parker
Summary via publisher (Harriman House)
Every investor needs an edge. Where better to look than the rules of the world’s best investors? These are the do’s and don’ts that have driven profits in the billions. They are the practical precepts of many of the best investors in the UK and the US and further afield – the wisdom of the money manager who outperformed the market by staggering percentages for three decades in a row, of the private investor who once trained the professionals in the City, of the ex-hedge fund manager who now advocates the simplest investing system in the world.

Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy
By Douglas A. Irwin
Review via The Economist
Trade-policy wonks are gluttons for punishment. In good times, their pet topic is dismissed as dull. In bad, they find trade being faulted for everything. As Donald Trump blames America’s economic woes on terrible trade deals, one geek is fighting back. In “Clashing over Commerce”, Douglas Irwin of Dartmouth College tells the history of American trade policy, showing that trade is neither dull nor deserving of the attacks on it.

The Switch: America’s Global Energy Renaissance
Dan K. Eberhart
Summary via publisher (Greenleaf Book Group)
For the first time in decades, the US has a rare opportunity to realistically reject oil supplies from other nations. It’s a goal that has eluded us through eight presidencies. But recent advances in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) technology have catapulted the US into its current position as the world’s #1 oil producer, surpassing energy powerhouses like Saudi Arabia. In The Switch, Dan K. Eberhart addresses a fascinating question: What would happen if the US became energy self-sufficient?

Complete Family Wealth
By James E. Hughes Jr., et al.
Summary via publisher (Wiley/Bloomberg Press)
Complete Family Wealth is a comprehensive resource for growing, maintaining, and managing wealth across generations. A successor to the classic Family Wealth, now in its 20th year, this book provides updated and expanded guidance to change the way you think about your wealth and legacy. This team of expert authors—who brought the field not only Family Wealth but also Family the Compact, The Cycle of the Gift, The Voice of the Rising Generation, and Family Trusts—ground Complete Family Wealth in a clear account of the “five capitals”: human, intellectual, social, spiritual, and financial. The discussion covers the “what,” “who,” and “how” of family wealth management in clearly-delineated chapters that allow you to dip in as needed, from the principles of family enterprise to family governance, philanthropy, and more. Each family member plays a distinct role, and by exploring each member’s responsibilities in terms of the family enterprise, this book provides insights and ideas for real-world families struggling with all-too-common challenges.

Global Finance: Places, Spaces and People
By Sarah Hall
Summary via publisher (Sage)
The financial crisis of 2007–2008 and its aftermath have resulted in the role of money and finance within the global economy becoming the subject of considerable debate in public, policy, and media circles. Global Finance is a timely look at the contemporary international financial environment, providing an introduction to this dynamic field of research for students and more advanced researchers. Drawing on economic geography, economic sociology, and critical management, author Sarah Hall offers a broad selection of case studies that ground critical theory in our current financial climate.

MoneyBall Medicine: Thriving in the New Data-Driven Healthcare Market
By Harry Glorikian and Malorye Allison Branca
Summary via publisher (Productivity Press)
A revolution is transforming the $10 trillion healthcare landscape, promising greater transparency, improved efficiency, and new ways of delivering care. This new landscape presents tremendous opportunity for those who are ready to embrace the data-driven reality. Having the right data and knowing how to use it will be the key to success in the healthcare market in the future. We are already starting to see the impacts in drug development, precision medicine, and how patients with rare diseases are diagnosed and treated. Startups are launched every week to fill an unmet need and address the current problems in the healthcare system. Digital devices and artificial intelligence are helping doctors do their jobs faster and with more accuracy.

Living a Rich Life: The No-Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth
By James M. Lenhoff and G.E. Williams
Summary via Amazon.com
Author James Lenhoff draws on his deep expereince in the world of financial planning and his life as a husband, father, and neighbor to create Living a Rich Life: The No-Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth. Lenhoff offers real-life examples of people who have faced the same financial challenges that arise in almost every family. He uses simple, plain-language advice on how to keep fear, anxiety, and misinformation from derailing your peace of mind about money.

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