At Finance & Commerce, I created Beyond the Skyline, a podcast about economic development, real estate and construction in Minnesota. We are closing in on our 100th episode. In this special episode, I speak with historian, former financial services executive and bestselling author Zachary Karabell about his latest book, Inside […]

I’ve been a big fan of Richard Powers’ work since I came upon Galatae 2.2 in graduate school. His books combine science and technology with keen observations on the human condition. His recent book, The Overstory, was his best yet. It changed how I viewed […]

I’m looking forward to reading Ronald C. White’s  latest book, Lincoln in Private. From the publisher: “From the New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored together here for the first […]

I’m reading a very interesting book that tells an inside story of one of the titans of Wall Street. It’s called Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Life, written by Zachary Karabell. Here is the publisher’s description about Inside Money, “a sweeping […]

I am looking forward to reading Louis Menand’s latest book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. I really enjoyed his previous Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club. Here is the publisher’s summary of his new work. “The Cold War was not just […]

I am looking forward to two recently relased books that currently reside on my nightstand: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Frieman. If they share any qualities, they […]

I’ve save the first of Robert Richardson’s trio of outstanding biographies for last: Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. I would highly recommend William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The publisher’s description: “The two years Thoreau […]

I love the opening description in this story of news in the 19th century, Ghosts of Newspaper Row: “The reporters would pant up five flights of stairs to reach their dingy, dim newsrooms, where light eked through the dirt-cloaked windows and the green shades over […]