Book details

The Best Business Writing 2015

Edited by Dean Starkman

About the Book

Monopolies, mismanagement, app development, Google delivery drones, trouble in the retail sector

About the Author

Dean Starkman is based in New York and covers Wall Street as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. A reporter for two decades, he worked for eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer and was chief of the Providence Journal's investigative unit. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and helped lead the Providence Journal to the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations.

Martha M. Hamilton is a contributor to the Washington Post's "Get There," a section on money and its power to change lives. She is also the author, along with former Post colleague Warren Brown, of Black and White and Red All Over.

Ryan Chittum is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times. He is also a contributor to Bad News: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century. His recent work can be seen at

Table of Contents

Part I. Business Unusual
1. The Billionaire, the Dealer, and the $186 Million Rothko, by Stephanie Baker and Hugo Miller
2. “Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry,” by Jessica Pressler
3. Monopoly’s Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass “Go”, by Mary Pilon
4. The Ur-Deli, by Jordan Weisman
Part II. Labor and Its Discontents
5. The Price of Nice Nails, by Sarah Maslin Nir
6. Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?, by Robin McDowell, Margie Mason, and Martha Mendoza
7. The Assistant Economy, by Francesca Mari
8. Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?, by Claire Suddath
9. The Homeless Man Who Works in the Senate, by Catherine Rampell
10. Smothered by a Boom in Banking, by Gretchen Morgenson
Part III. Technology: Behind the Screen
11. The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers, by Randall Sullivan
12. The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed, by Adrian Chen
13. Amazon Must Be Stopped, by Franklin Foer
14. Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program, by Alexis C. Madrigal
Part IV. Business Accountability
15. Boom: North America’s Expensive Oil-by-Rail Problem, by Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones
16. Firestone and the Warlord, by T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones
17. Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General, by Eric Lipton
18. Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case, by Kurt Eichenwald
19. Gasping for Action, by Raquel Rutledge
Part V. Financial Follies
20. Young Financier’s Insurance Empire Collapses, by Mark Maremont and Leslie Scism
21. This Twenty-Seven-Year-Old Made Millions Riding the Death Spirals of Penny Stocks, by Zeke Faux
22. The Greatest Tax Story Ever Told, by Zachary Mider
23. How Wall Street Captured Washington’s Effort to Rein in Banks, by Charles Levinson
24. How an Undocumented Immigrant from Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs, by Max Abelson
List of Contributors