The Best Business Writing 2012 by Dean Starkman
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Launched at a time of major economic change and an uncommon era in business, this new annual series presents the most intriguing and rigorous coverage of the year’s well-known and crucial-to-know developments in business and finance. Divided into thematic sections, such as bad business behavior; the financial system and its discontents; trends in global markets; the relationship between politics and money; big-picture practices; and news from the corporate world, the anthology fills a longstanding gap for those seeking diverse, enriching, yet entertaining perspectives on the business of business.

This year’s selections include Rolling Stone’s profile of Don Blankenship and his corrupt tenure as CEO of Massey Energy; the London Guardian’s original, unprecedented investigation into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and its indictment of the Rupert Murdoch media empire; and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s poignant account of the fatal consequences of federal deregulation in health and medicine. Two searing pieces on the ongoing mortgage scandal, one a hard look at the role of hedge fund Magnetar in perpetuating the housing bubble for financial gain, and the other a detailed breakdown of Countrywide’s malfeasance, provide critical context and background; while articles on recoveries in Ireland, Germany, and elsewhere suggest a way foreword from recession. Additional articles tackle bank fees and bailouts, the Buffet Rule, the corporate lobby’s reach, the Greenspan legacy, the rise of a global business elite, the future of the American auto industry, and the meaning of recent shakeups at Pfizer, Gucci, IKEA, and other corporate institutions.

About Dean Starkman

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Dean Starkman is editor of the Columbia Journalism Review's The Audit, which tracks financial journalism in print and on the web, and is CJR'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. He is currently at work on a book examining the business press's performance during the mortgage bubble, The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: the Financial Crisis and the Financial Press, due to be published by Columbia University Press in the fall of 2012. 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 (New Press, 2011). His recent work can be seen at Martha M. Hamilton is a writer and deputy editor with, which, in 2009, became the first non-print winner of the Pulitzer Prize. She also investigates complaints about financial journalism for CJR's The Audit. She was a writer, Wall Street and corporate crime editor, and personal finance columnist for The Washington Post until 2008. Hamilton is also the author, along with former Post colleague Warren Brown, of Black and White and Red All Over (Public Affairs, 2002), a story of how the two colleagues grew up in the segregated south, were hired to fulfill the Washington Post's new affirmative action policies, and wound up in adjacent operating rooms for a kidney transplant operation.Felix Salmon is the finance blogger for Reuters and has been blogging since 1999. He arrived at Reuters from Conde Nast's, where he originated the Market Movers financial blog. 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. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.
Published June 26, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 464 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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While many pieces focus on the financial meltdown—including Michael Hudson’s damning account of how Countrywide protected fraudsters—others present poignant examinations of the intersection of business failure and humanity, like Raquel Rutledge and Rick Barrett’s award-winning piece, “A...

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A team at the Columbia Journalism Review—yours truly, Dean Starkman, Ryan Chittum, Martha Hamilton, ex-of the WaPo and now of Politifact, and Felix Salmon of Reuters—is putting together a book of the best of the best business writing of the past, oh, 18 months or so.

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