Saturday, November 29, 2008


Book Release of the Damned

A fascinating recent piece on publishing trends from a newspaper in.... the United Arab Emirates.


Karl Marx, according to his German publisher, is enjoying a new-found popularity. Sales of Das Kapital are surging as the global financial crisis inspires people to reassess the capitalist system.... Borders and Barnes and Noble bookstores have repositioned their personal finance sections to the front of the stores, and books such as George Soros’ The New Paradigm for Financial Markets are doing a brisk trade.

...At the other end of the timing spectrum is Amit Chatwani’s Damn, It Feels Good to be a Banker, which was published in August. “I’m hoping that people will look at it as a sort of historical document, a parody of a world that existed until basically a moment after it came out,” Chatwani says.

You sort of have to feel for that guy.

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