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  • Climate Change Makes Any Disaster Global

    Historians may look back at Typhoon Haiyan as a turning point in disaster journalism and the politics of climate change. For the first time, an extreme- weather catastrophe in the tropics has shrugged off its “made in Asia” label and gone global.

  • Twitter, Frackers, Apple Inside Tales Revealed: Books

    An inside look at Twitter and advice from Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg will both hit the bookstores this month. Here are some November highlights:

  • Hiring McKinsey; Insider Trading: Top Business Books

    In “Circle of Friends,” Charles Gasparino gives us all the elements of the insider-trading genre: bundles of cash, informants wired by the FBI, bickering regulators.

  • Banks Allying With Hedge Funds as Capital Rules Bite

    Breezing into a sunlit conference room near London’s Hyde Park Corner wearing an open-collared white shirt that frames his square jaw, Loic Fery exudes the confidence of a soccer club owner who’s enjoyed success on the pitch and with the team’s account ledgers.

  • Bankers Should Stop Whining About Costs of Equity: Books

    Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig are academics with a gift for taking the mind-numbing minutiae of banking and presenting it in a way that the average reader can understand.

  • Calpers After Scandal Embraces Risk Facing $240 Billion Gap

    Joe Dear is giving a pep talk to more than two dozen colleagues at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. As Dear paces before his people on this July afternoon in Sacramento, he implores them to shake off the funk of the pension fund’s recent troubles.

  • Cleaning Up Calpers

    After the largest U.S. pension fund lost $70 billion and got embroiled in an influence- peddling scandal, new investment chief Joe Dear says the only way out of this mess is to take more risk.

  • Venus Williams Takes Lessons From Welch, Branson: Sports Books

    Richard Branson , founder of the Virgin Group Ltd., played soccer, rugby and cricket. Jeff Zucker , departing chief executive officer of NBC Universal, played competitive junior tennis. Isadore Sharp , founder of Four Seasons Hotels, played pond hockey, with magazines pressed into service for shin pads and rocks for goalposts.

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