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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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Secure Borders

What do compliance and border security have in common? More than you might initially think. Try reading Sylvia Longmire’s Border Insecurity. Some of the issues with border security will resonate with compliance professionals. (Hopefully, you don’t have to deal with illegal immigration, human trafficking, terrorism and drug smuggling as the compliance issues at your company.) […]

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Private Equity at Work

Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt tried to take an academic look at private equity firms and published their results in Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street. The authors paint the world in black and white. They present the book as a question of whether private equity firms are (1) financial innovators […]

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Weekend Reading: The Sea & Civilization

Lincoln Paine wants to change your view of the world. He wants you to focus on the blue parts of the map that cover over 70% of the world’s surface. In his book, The Sea and Civilization, he makes that case that mankind’s technological and social adaptation to the water has been a driving force […]

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Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act

Tom Fox is prolific writer on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He publishes the excellent FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog. One of the downsides to a blog is that it’s a running commentary and not a narrative guide. Blogs are great for sharing ideas among practitioners. But a blog does not come together as a […]

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Weekend Reading: Sycamore Row

I went to law school in the early 1990s so I’m supposed to be a John Grisham fan. The lure of doe-eyed law school graduates getting hired by big law firms paying big salaries was shadowed by the sinister practices in The Firm. I did read Grisham’s first few books and stopped. I enjoyed the […]

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Weekend Reading: Wheelmen

There are compliance lessons to be learned in Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell. Lance Armstrong was one of the best cyclists in last 20 years. But his wins were built on a foundation of illegal doping and performance enhancing drugs. It’s […]

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Weekend Reading: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

Financial Times columnist and bestselling author Tim Harford tries to show us that macroeconomics is not that hard in The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. In order to fix the economy, we need to understand the economy. The book is a “practically minded poke-around under the hood of our economic system.” It’s a sequel to The Undercover Economist, […]

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