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The Best Business Writing 2012

Edited by Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, Ryan Chittum, and Felix Salmon

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June, 2012
Paper, 464 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-16073-5
$18.95 / £13.00


Part I. Bad Business

1. The Dark Lord of Coal Country, by Jeff Goodell

2. Missing Milly Dowler’s Voicemail Was Hacked by News of the World, by Nick Davies and Amellia Hill

3. Phone-Hacking Crisis Shows News Corp Is No Ordinary News Company, by Jay Rosen

4. The Bugger, Bugged, by Hugh Grant

5. A Case of Shattered Trust, by Raquel Rutledge and Rick Barrett

Part II. The Financial System and Its Discontents

6. The “Subsidy”: How a Handful of Merrill Lynch Bankers Helped Blow Up Their Own Firm, by Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger

7. Countrywide Protected Fraudsters by Silencing Whistleblowers, Say Former Employees, by Michael Hudson

8. Curse the Geniuses Who Gave Us Bank of America, by Jonathan Weil

9. Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?, by Matt Taibbi

10. In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures, by Gretchen Morgenson and Louise Story

Part III. Over There

11. Time for Germany to Make Its Fateful Choice, by Martin Wolf

12. In Norway, Start-Ups Say Ja to Socialism, by Max Chafkin

Part IV. Politics and Money

13. Swiped: Banks, Merchants, and Why Washington Doesn’t Work for You, by Zach Carter and Ryan Grim

14. Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren Buffett

15. Blame for the Financial Mess Starts with the Corporate Lobby, by Steven Pearlstein

16. Nine Things the Rich Don’t Want You to Know About Taxes, by David Cay Johnston

17. The Hijacked Crisis, by Paul Krugman

18. Greenspan, Rubin, and a Roomful of Hypocrites, by Morgan Housel

Part V. The Big Picture

19. The Rise of the New Global Elite, by Chrystia Freeland

20. Can the World Still Feed Itself?, by Brian M. Carney

21. Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!, by David Segal

22. When Patents Attack!, by Alex Blumberg and Laura Sydell

23. The Illusions of Psychiatry, by Marcia Angell

24. From Inside Job, by Charles Ferguson, Adam Bolt, and Chad Beck

Part VI. Corporate Stories

25. Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup, by Peter Elkind and Jennifer Reingold, with Doris Burke

26. It Knows, by Daniel Soar

27. Innovators Don’t Ignore Customers, by John Gapper

28. House Perfect, by Lauren Collins

29. Voting to Hire a Chief Without Meeting Him, by James B. Stewart

30. How Ford Became Last Man Standing, by Bernie Woodall and Kevin Krokicki

31. What Made Steve Jobs So Great?, by Cliff Kuang


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About the Author

Dean Starkman is editor of the Columbia Journalism Review’s business section, The Audit, which tracks financial journalism in print and on the web, and is the magazine's Kingsford Capital Fellow. A reporter for two decades, he worked eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer and was chief of the Providence Journal's investigative unit. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the Providence Journal to the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations.

Martha M. Hamilton is a former writer, editor, and columnist for the Washington Post who investigates complaints about financial journalism for CJR’s “The Audit.” She is also the author, along with former Post colleague Warren Brown, of Black and White and Red All Over.

Ryan Chittum is deputy editor of CJR’s The Audit. He’s a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times. He is also a contributor to Bad News: How America’s Business Press Missed the Story of the Century. His recent work can be seen at

Felix Salmon is the finance blogger for Reuters. He arrived in the United States in 1997 from England, where he worked at Euromoney magazine. He also wrote daily commentary on Latin American markets for the former news service, Bridge News, and created the Economonitor blog for Roubini Global Economics.

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