Book Bits: Reviews Of New Books For The Investor's Shelf

● Averting Catastrophe: Decision Theory for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Potential Disasters of All Kinds
Cass R. Sunstein
Summary via publisher (NY University Press)
The world is increasingly confronted with new challenges related to climate change, globalization, disease, and technology. Governments are faced with having to decide how much risk is worth taking, how much destruction and death can be tolerated, and how much money should be invested in the hopes of avoiding catastrophe. Lacking full information, should decision-makers focus on avoiding the most catastrophic outcomes? When should extreme measures be taken to prevent as much destruction as possible?


● Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History
Jim Campbell
Summary via publisher (McGraw Hill)
By the time his outrageous financial crimes were exposed, financier Bernie Madoff had stolen more than 18 billion dollars from thousands of investors. Madoff Talks offers the most complete investigation yet into the largest Ponzi scheme in world history—and a rare glimpse into the mind of its chief architect. For the first time, Madoff reveals the decision making behind his massive deception. It’s a story full of indictments, explanations, and startling revelations. Author Jim Campbell explores the role of the “Big Four” Madoff clients, JPMorgan Chase, and hungry “feeder funds,” shining a spotlight on the participants in deception.

● Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age
Amy Klobuchar
Review via The New York Times
Antitrust is an unusually arcane area of the law, not easily accessible to a wide public. In response to this gap and to provide a narrative backdrop to her current legislative efforts, Klobuchar has written “Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power From the Gilded Age to the Digital Age.” A history of antitrust policy may not sound like the most compelling raw material for a page turner. But the book is an impressive work of scholarship, deeply researched — it has over 200 pages of footnotes — highly informative and surprisingly readable in the bargain.

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