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Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

I judged this book by the arresting title Dark Age Ahead, and decided that – in my current frame of mind – I had to read it.1 Jane Jacobs wrote this is 2004, and the book has a bit of the feel of a time capsule – as her current events examples stem from 2001 to 2002. Jacobs’ strength [&hellip

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Empire by Plutarch

Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Empire by Plutarch

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Why shouldn’t I review a book written 2,000 years ago? I can’t say reading Plutarch for the first time gave me a definitive roadmap for how a republic turns to dictatorship, but a few themes are suggestive, such as the aggregation of wealth by the would-be dictators, and the constant military campaigns.   Each of the leaders [&hellip

Napoleon Hill - The Ultimate Con-Artist

Napoleon Hill – The Ultimate Con-Artist

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Personal Finance

I read with great interest this long piece by Matt Novak on the back-story of Napoleon Hill, a man who gets credit as the father of the self-help genre. When I started doing financial book reviews, a number of people (and lists) recommended Hill’s 1937 classic, Think and Grow Rich. I  reviewed his book, and while much of [&hellip

Book Review: Rome In The Late Republic, by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford

Book Review: Rome In The Late Republic, by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

Just some light reading in the final weekend before the US Presidential election. I checked Rome In The Late Republic by Mary Beard and Michael Crawford out of the library in an obvious despair-at-the-fall-of-the-West kind of mood. The first thing I learned is that the specific years of the “Late Republic” are in dispute and might span [&hellip

Book Review: Between The World And Me

Book Review: Between The World And Me

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

Ta-Nahesi Coates wrote Between The World And Me as a personal intellectual and political history, and guide for his son, for thinking about race in the United States. The book also might seem to serve as an updated guide for the rest of us to make sense of the mess of race relations in the United States. We [&hellip