The Quiet German, Drug Dealers and Magic

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of coffee, grab a seat on the sofa and get ready for our longer form weekend reads:

• How to Hide $400 Million (New York Times)

• The Quiet German: The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world. (New Yorker)

• Confessions of an Instagram Influencer (Bloomberg)

• The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon (New York Review of Books)

• A Conversation With Dan Ariely About What Shapes our Motivations (Longreads)

• An Incubator for (Former) Drug Dealers (Bloomberg Businessweek)

• Art of Misdirection is the world’s most exclusive website, and it’s dedicated to illegally sharing magic (Business Insider)

• Who wants to run 26.2 miles through the Maine North Woods in the middle of December? And who really believes that doing so will make a lick of difference for a mill town on the ropes?This guy does. (Down East)

• “Gosh, it’s beautiful.” How did a boring Nintendo game from 1987 become the most coveted cartridge ever? It’s a bit of a mystery. (ESPN)

• Hooked For Life: Inside the NFL’s relentless, existential, Big Tobacco-style pursuit of your children. (Huffington Post)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business podcast with James Gleick, author of numerous award-winning books, including “The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood” and, most recently, “Time Travel: A History.”

Population density and vote share, by county, U.S. presidential election 2016

Source: The Economist 

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