On Feb. 10, Beijing will celebrate the Chinese New Year -- assuming the city can catch its breath. January may have been its worst month ever for air pollution. The level of airborne particulates was six times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.
Over the course of 2012, the U.S. economy rebounded with all the vitality of a slug waking from a long nap. In debt-strapped, recession-hit Europe, investors fret about a Spanish bailout, a Greek default and whether the euro itself will shatter.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz portrays the U.S. government as the billionaire’s best friend, while former banker Dambisa Moyo presents a dark look at China’s “commodity crusade” in two of the best business books so far this year.
Testosterone drives traders to take excessive risk, while a Wall Street swindler dupes a U.S. president and triggers a market panic in two of the best business books so far this year. Here’s a list of recommended titles.