Books Of Interest: January 14, 2014

I ran across these last evening in The Economist, January 11th-17th issue and found them interesting:

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Junkyard Planet: Travels In The Billion-Dollar Trash Trade     Adam Minter

The author writes about an $500 billion annual industry in which he builds up the scrap dealer, who turns the scrap into usable goods. A statistic of note that I found fascinating is that America in 2011 recycled nearly 12 million vehicles and that China is one of the fastest growing markets for shredders.

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Guardians Of Prosperity: Why America Needs Big Banks     Richard Bove

Most of the recent books have been of the big bank bashing variety, but Mr. Bove, a banking analyst, challenges this thinking. He blames macroeconomic influences rather than on individual bankers. I feel challenged to read a book like this because it stretches my thinking.

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