We grew up thinking of Joseph P. Kennedy as a Hitler appeaser, a Catholic libertine, a complicated embarrassment and obstacle for his political sons to get around… David Nasaw’s brilliant biography of The Patriarch makes it a far richer story of a father and specially JFK, much more like than different in thought and action, triumph and frustration.
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Daren Acemoglu, co-author of Why Nations Fail, makes it clear in conversation at MIT that a main warning in his book is to us Americans. What “really worries” him is that we’ve already started to slide toward rule by money.
John Lanchester got the germ of his novel CAPITAL noticing a parade of “florists, dog-walkers, pilates instructors” on his own once-modest London street, being made-over for bankers and the blooming investment-services class — “manifestly symptomatic,” as he says, “of a boom that would turn into a bust.”