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The Best Business Stories of the Year: 2002 Edition

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“[The editors] cast their net wide, picking up some excellent stories from nontraditional sources that even avid readers of the business press may have missed.”–USA Today, on the 2001 edition

Series editor Andrew Leckey and guest editor Ken Auletta have scoured the print media, consulted with the editors of major business and general interest publications, and surveyed journalism school deans to find the best business stories from the last twelve months. Among those selected: Michael Lewis on teenage stock trader Jonathan Lebed, from The New York Times Magazine; James B. Stewart on the irrepressible Michael Milken, from The New Yorker; and many others from the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Fortune, Rocky Mountain News, and Wired.

The second annual edition continues the excellence and comprehensive range of this fascinating anthology series.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 16, 2002 – Business writing evokes images of stock reports and other dry-as-dust fare, but this best-of compilation proves the business desk is no longer the newsroom's backwater. Series editor Leckey and guest editor Sloan have focused this third edition in the series around the fiscal year's big scandals. Highlights include Nicholas Stein's chronicle of the rise and fall of Chiquita Banana in Fortune, James B. Stewart's well-rendered tale of Sotheby's antitrust woes for the New Yorker and three selections covering various angles of the Enron scandal. As Sloan notes in his introduction, "Main Street has increasingly tied its fate to Wall Street—if our retirement portfolios don't do well, many of us who had counted on a caviar retirement are going to get cat food instead." The savvy editors leaven the bad news with some humor, though. "My Pro Forma Life" by Rob Walker for Slate pokes fun at the slippery language companies use to slide bad numbers past investors. There are some intriguing general interest stories with business tangents, too: Malcolm Gladwell on the shrinking disposable diaper, Wayne Curtis on Newfoundland iceberg harvesters and Neil Irwin on the effects of technology on the economics of the Slinky. For perspective, the editors have included a piece about currency trading in Pakistan by the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, to whom this edition is dedicated. Taken together, the stories make for an ample snapshot of the face of the nation this past fiscal year. Better, most of these writers transcend the business-writing genre, offering just plain good writing.
The Best Business Stories of the Year: 2002 Edition
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  • Category: Business & Personal Finance
  • Published: Jan 08, 2002
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
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