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Covering business: Resources and reading

By Mark Tatge

Tutorials and guides

  • Understanding Wall Street, by Jeffrey B. Little and Lucien Rhodes
  • Barron’s Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, by John Downes and Jordan Elliot Goodman
  • The Wall Street Journal Complete Personal Finance Guidebook,  by Jeff D. Opdyke
  • Understanding Financial Statements, by Lyn M. Fraser and Aileen Ormiston
  • Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories For Mass Communication, by Chris Roush
  • The Business of Bull-shit – a humorous guide to spin, hype and pretense in the modern world, by Graham Edmonds
  • Live Well on Less Than You Think, by Fred Brock.
  • Math Tools for Journalists, by Kathleen Woodruff Wickham
  • The Wall Street Journal Complete Money & Investing Guidebook, by Dave Kansas
  • Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports, by Howard Schilit.
  • Freaknomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • The New York Times Reader: Business and Economics, by Mark Tatge
  • Making the Most of Your Money, by Jane Bryant QuinnTatge Book

Good reads

  • The Accidental Investment Banker, by Jonathan A. Knee
  • The Number: How the Drive for Quarterly Earnings Corrupted Wall Street and Corporate America, by Alex Berenson
  • MoneyBall, by Michael Lewis
  • The Predators’ Ball, the Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders, by Connie Bruck
  • The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, by Joel Bakan
  • Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  • Beyond Greed: How the two richest families in the world – the Hunts of Texas and the House of Saud trie
    smartest guys

    d to corner the silver market, by Stephen Fay

  • How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, by John Cassidy
  • The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It,by Scott Patterson
  • Too Big to Fail, the Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial Syst em and Themselves, by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • After-Shock: The Next Economy for America’s Future, by Robert B. Reich
  • The End of Shareholder Value: Corporations at A Crossroads, by Allan A. Kennedy

The classics

  • The Robber Barons, by Matthew Josephson
  • The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefevre.
  • When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation and Hyperinflation in Wimar Germany, by Adam Fergusson
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton G. Malkiel

Mark W. Tatge is an author, professor and investigative reporter who spent three decades as a journalist before joining Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Tatge was previously Forbes magazine’s Midwest bureau chief and senior editor in charge of the Forbes’ Chicago operations. He’s a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Dallas Morning News and The Denver Post.

About the Author

The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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