The second year of the coronavirus pandemic has shown that the world isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and neither is creativity.
From biographies of famous economic leaders to a retrospective of our nation’s response pandemic and a deep dive into scandals over Nixon vice president Spiro Agnew, there was no shortage of books that caught the attention of Yahoo Finance staff in 2021.
Here are the top nine books that Yahoo Finance staff read and liked this year.
âThis historical biography of economist John Maynard Keynes examines the life and work of one of the most influential economists of the last century. Economies around the world – especially the United States – were built on Keynesian economics. The book explains why Keynes’ views on money and democracy play such an important role in the way most societies operate today. – David Hollerith, Yahoo Finance cryptocurrency reporter
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âIt was Milton Friedman, and later Richard Nixon, who said in times of financial crisis, ‘We are all Keynesians now.’ After falling out of favor for a while, John Maynard Keynes’ ideas are experiencing some kind of resurgence amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, which makes this astute biography of one of the most influential economists all the more convincing.
In ‘The Price of Peace’, Zachary Carter, senior reporter for HuffPost, tells the story of Keynes’ social life with the Bloomsbury Group and his views on monetary policy. No deep understanding of economic theory is required here to be swept away by the tides of twentieth century events. Plus, supporters of the four-day workweek will find similar feelings in the man who predicted his grandchildren would arrive 15 hours a week (a gross miscalculation, after all). Much of the book is devoted to retracing the afterlife of Keynes ‘work, but Carter doesn’t make us forget the optimism and humanistic ideals that underlie Keynes’ larger vision for society. – Grace O’Donnell, Yahoo Finance editor
âIt’s one of those books that has stuck in my mind since I completed it earlier this year. We’ve learned a lot about the Sacklers over the years through reporting, but never in a way. as complete as this book. Even if you don’t follow the news of the big pharmaceutical companies, the story behind this family will certainly captivate you. ” – Adriana belmonte, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance
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âI am powered by Empire of Pain. It’s hard to let go. This is top notch reporting, writing and insight. Wow, what a saga. – Andy Serwer, Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief
âAuthor Max Chafkin delves deeply into the life and story of billionaire entrepreneur and Silicon Valley whisperer Peter Thiel. The writer even goes to Stanford, Thiel’s alma mater, and unearths articles in the basement of the library of the right-wing journal he started, “The Stanford Review.” What strikes me about the book is the number of people who have chosen not to publish it for fear of possible retaliation. A great read if you’re looking to understand the nuances of PayPal’s origin story and Thiel’s contributions to Trump’s 2016 election campaign. â- McKenzie Stratigopoulos, Yahoo Finance online producer
“As a baby boomer, … Bag Man is near and dear [to me], but man, the parallels with now are pretty amazing. Curious as to how and why Maddow chose the topic [of Spiro Agnew], but whatever. To read.” – Andy Serwer, Editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance
âThe country has spent a lot of time focusing on the opioid crisis (and rightly so), but as a result drugs like synthetic opioids and methamphetamine have come to the fore. Quinones conducts interviews with those who are recovering and those who have lost loved ones to these drugs and discusses how Chinese manufacturers of fentanyl were able to use Mexican drug dealers to bring these drugs to America. A sobering look at our next drug crisis in the United States. Adriana belmonte, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance
âIndra Nooyi is one of the most distinguished business leaders of the past 25 years. But the road to the pinnacle of his corporate career – President and CEO of PepsiCo – has not been easy by any effort. imagination as detailed in My Life In her new memoir, Nooyi recalls her childhood in Madras, India (now Chennai). While Nooyi was always encouraged by her parents to pursue higher education, learn and pursuing dreams, the social norm in India was the man of the house earns and the woman takes care of the family and the household.
Nooyi chose a different path, however, largely because of her own inner drive to be successful. Nooyi is quick to say that she is grateful for the family friend support structure, which has kept her going to keep loading hard in her job. Brian Sozzi, Yahoo Finance anchor and editor-in-chief
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“Madame is amazing because it seems so long ago and yet it really isn’t.” The research is fantastic and the storytelling guides you. And on the Upper West Side! Who knew! “- Andy Serwer, Editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance
âIf you think you know all about the culture of Silicon Valley, you can still get a glimpse of the valley’s strangeness from reading these memoirs. Wiener quit a low-paying publishing job at a hot startup for life. She doesn’t name the place, but it’s GitHub, and she manages to capture the weird language and behavior of young startupers without making fun of them. It’s almost an anthropological study of the startup scene at one point in time. But it’s also extremely well written and uses a literary device that works extremely well. Rather than naming companies, she doesn’t use any proper names and just describes what the company does: “the search engine”, “the platform for making payments to your friends” and, of course, ” the social network â. This device makes you think about technology in a new way and reassess your relationship with it. – Erin fuchs, associate editor of Yahoo Finance
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âIf you needed to remind yourself how unprepared our country was for a pandemic, look no further than Lewis’ latest book. ‘The Premonition’ features fascinating interviews with experts in public health and d ‘former government officials and provides insight into the politics that play into major health situations. It’s infuriating, but also incredibly informative. ” – Adriana belmonte, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance
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