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Weekend Reading: The Skies Belong To Us

It’s hard to imagine in these days of TSA security, but over a five-year period starting in 1968, hijackers seized commercial jets nearly once a week. Brendan I. Koerner captures this piece of history in The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. Mr. Koerner uses the hijacking of […]

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Weekend Reading: Attachments

For those compliance officers who do email surveillance, you should enjoy the premise of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Lincoln, the protagonist is responsible for email surveillance. He falls for one employee who is a repeat offender whose emails routinely get flagged for his review. He falls in love, but has no idea what she looks […]

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Weekend Reading: Predator

Predator covers the story of the birth of the Predator drone and its effect on military and covert operations. Richard Whittle manages to weave through the military and aeronautic bureaucracy of the Predator as it is destined to become  the most successful military unmanned aircraft. I was surprised to see the level of detail about […]

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Weekend Reading: House of Debt

In House of Debt, Atif Mian, an economist at Princeton University, and Amir Sufi, a finance professor at the University of Chicago, make the case that household debt was the 2008 recession’s main culprit. This is a nuanced view that differs slightly from the view that it was the 2007 home price decline. Mian and […]

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Weekend Reading: Capital

In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty argues that if the rate of return on capital is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth this will cause wealth inequality to increase in the future. The theory is that wealth accumulated in the past grows more rapidly than output and wages. It’s a great […]

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Weekend Reading: Flash Boys

I admit to being a Michael Lewis fanboy. I consider him one of the best business writers. He has a knack for using characters as a lens to explain an issue. The issue in Flash Boys is high frequency trading. Or high speed trading. Or electronic trading. It’s a bit of a confusing mix. Uncharacteristically, […]

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Weekend Reading: Busted

What do you do when the whistleblower sitting in front of you is an unreliable drug addict? Maybe you see some nugget of truth in the story. Maybe you see some way to find reliable evidence that proves that nugget of truth. Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, reporters at Philadelphia’s Daily News were confronted with […]

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Movies about compliance officers are few and far between. It may surprise you to find Chris Pine playing that role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Jack Ryan is the protagonist in Tom Clancy’s cold war thrillers. I read most of his books back in the 1980s. They were so cold war based I wondered how […]

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Weekend Reading: A Time to Attack

What should we do about the nuclear weapon program in Iran? The country is not complying with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Iran has four main sites being used to create weapons-grade uranium. The country has stopped short of further purifying the uranium to the concentration needed for a bomb. But once […]

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Weekend Reading: Fierce Patriot

General Sherman is known for burning Atlanta. That is as much I knew about him. Having been raised in Boston, my schooling in American History emphasized the Revolutionary War. But my friend and author Megan Kate Nelson has piqued my interest in the Civil War. Why did I read about Sherman? The publisher offered me […]

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