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这个春天不容错过的10本商业书籍

Rachel King 2019年04月30日

《什么都别说》、《国家队》和《荷兰女孩》应被列为必读书目。

白天的时间变长了,太阳也出来的更晚了,尽管看起来似乎到了进行户外活动的好时候,但这并不意味着你就得把书放在家里。对于出版行业来说,今年春天可谓是硕果累累,而且依然在沐浴着最近出版书刊的余晖,例如米歇尔·奥巴马的回忆录《成为》(Becoming)以及达利亚·欧文的悬疑小说《鳌虾歌唱的地方》(Where the Crawdads Sing)。未来,商业和报道文学领域还有数本值得关注的非虚构类新作品,不妨考虑阅读一下。

《匡扶正义:一名检察官对犯罪、惩罚以及法律条文的思考》,作者:普瑞特·巴拉拉

已出版

在他成为首批被特朗普总统炒鱿鱼的政府官员之前,我们很难说纽约市或法律界之外有多少人知道普瑞特·巴拉拉这个名字,即便在纽约法律界也是如此。但这位前纽约南部地区美国律师自那之后便干起了非官方的副业,成为了点评时任政府最为知名的评论家之一,经常会在微软全国有线广播电视公司(MSNBC)上直言不讳地分享自己的观点,也成为了推特(Twitter)上一名多产的推客,吸引了100多万名粉丝。然而,即便有鉴于最近发生的事情,巴拉拉在书中采用了他此前的历史案件和法律职业,让事件本身将故事娓娓道来,从而让读者从中了解和总结美国法律系统的现状以及未来可能的发展方向。

《库什纳公司:贪婪、野心、腐败。贾里德·库什纳与伊万卡·特朗普的精彩故事》,作者:维基·沃德

已出版

在特朗普上台还只有两年之际,似乎讲述当前白宫故事的书籍可谓是层出不穷。(人们可以试想一下,无论是两年后还是六年后,特朗普下台之后又会出版多少本这类书籍。)尤为值得一提的是,最令人浮想联翩的莫过于特朗普家族,惦记着这个家族的人不仅包括读者,而且很明显还包括记者和作者自身。维基·沃德抓住了特朗普家族中的两个最为神秘的人物,以《名利场》杂志的作者艾米丽·简·福克斯(她与家族的每位直系成员都见过面)去年在《生就特朗普》(Born Trump)一书中的未尽事宜作为突破点。与任何其他未经授权的书籍一样,此书也遭到了贾里德和伊万卡律师的否认和抵制。但与其他众多讲述政府官员的书籍一样,沃德书中的很多故事与此前在多数主流媒体发布的报道不谋而合。不管怎么样,这本书不容错过。

《什么都别说:有关北爱尔兰谋杀和回忆的真实故事》,作者:帕特里克·拉登·基弗

已出版

如果要说这是一本有关“北爱尔兰问题”的书,就会出现使用“北爱尔兰问题”这个术语所存在的问题:过于简单。《纽约客》杂志的特约撰稿人帕特里克·拉登·基弗以大师级的手笔将一系列叙述、主题和角色编织在一起,撰写了一本集历史文学、报道文学和谋杀悬疑于一身的作品。即使是其书名《什么都别说》也都具有双重含义:它部分取材于谢默斯·希尼的诗作,同时也是人们在北爱尔兰过去30年恐慌和杀戮中存活的祷语。然而,除了所有这些沉重感和历史细节之外,这本书看起来并不会让你感到窒息,因为它深深扎根于一群核心人物的性格特征。叙事异常流畅,就像是在观看将剧本改编为另一部HBO热播剧。基弗设法完成了这个任务——而且甚至有可能解开了激励他撰写这本书的一个谜团,同时还维持了对报道文学和中立性的专注,然而在这个话题上,中立立场尤显珍贵。

《国家队:女子足球运动员的幕后故事》,作者:卡特琳·马瑞

已出版

如今,美国国家女子足球队再次夺回了世界杯和奥运会冠军,虽然有关这支团队的头条报道并非以庆功为主,但却具有非凡的意义:起诉美国足球联盟存在性别歧视。这个诉讼涵盖女子足球队的28名运动员,于3月提交至联邦法院,并寻求获得集体诉讼地位,而且也在呼吁2015年之后参加过美国女子足球队的任何球员加入诉讼。该诉讼指出足联存在“制度化性别歧视”,也就是与美国足协对男子团队提供的待遇进行对比所存在的差异,包括迥异的薪资、训练环境、医疗待遇和交通。其中,资深体育作者卡特琳·马瑞有关女子国家足球队的新书则深度挖掘了女子球员在接连获得成功后(包括历史性的电视收视率、多个世界杯和奥运会冠军,以及球队为美国足协和FIFA所带来的创纪录的营收)得到的待遇。作为《纽约时报》、ESPN、福克斯体育频道和《卫报》的撰稿人和记者,马瑞为此书开展了100多次独家采访,其中包括团队中最受欢迎和最知名的球员,例如阿勒克斯·摩根、卡丽·罗伊德、布兰迪·卡斯坦以及霍普·索罗。

《女士的反击:电视节目The View内幕爆料》,作者:拉敏·瑟图德

已出版

CNN的布莱恩·斯德尔勒已借助其2013年出版的《晨间要事》(Top of The Morning)一书,戳破了该公司早间新闻光鲜的外衣。如今,Variety网站的纽约分局负责人拉敏·瑟图德又开始如法炮制,只不过对象是不怎么亮丽、但更加夸张的傍午电视节目:具体来说就是美国广播公司由来已久的脱口秀《The View》。该节目于1997年面世,随后其主持人不断更换,可供瑟图德使用的素材可是着实不少,其中的大多数材料直接来自于本书对参加《The View》的女士们的采访,这一点倒是无伤大雅。但自那之后,其中一些人竟公开表示后悔接受采访。可能是因为她们并没有预料到该书自4月2日出版之后竟然变得如此火爆。如果你希望找一本今夏能在海滩或机场阅读的书籍,这本书肯定错不了。

《谁主沉浮:天才、骗子,以及互联网崛起秘史》,作者:大卫·库什纳

已出版

虽然你可能已经知道有人为捍卫使用网域“Sex.com”的权力而上演了一出闹剧,但回想起来,这出闹剧实属必然。《滚石》杂志特邀编辑大卫·库什纳在其新书中审视了这一现象。这本书采用了真实的《滚石》风格,比硅谷之外的互联网工作者所奉行的燕麦粥、毛线背心和任何事情都更加摇滚和粗俗。《谁主沉浮》是一个含有猫鼠游戏的故事,讲述了两个男人之间长达数十年的激烈权力之争,其中一个后来成为了Match.com的创始人,另一位则成了骗子。

《把李子留给我:我的美食回忆录》,作者:露丝·蕾切尔

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不管是《纽约时报》对米其林三星餐厅的评价,还是240字的推文,露丝·蕾切尔的写作风格总是那么与众不同。这位备受欢迎的美食作家曾经担任过《洛杉矶时报》和《纽约时报》的评论员,而且其书作已经超过了6本(回忆录、食谱和一本小说)。如今,她的新书所透露的那段职业时光可能是其粉丝最希望了解的内容:作为《美食》杂志最后一名编辑的任职时光。康泰纳仕于2009年关闭了这本备受推崇的杂志,这一消息令所有人感到震惊,上至读者和餐厅经理,下至该媒体的其他会员。她自己在采访中也承认而且在《把李子留给我》一书中也详细地讲过,自己比任何人都要震惊和伤心。作为一名迄今为止已经看过蕾切尔所有作品(而且定期观看她在《顶级大厨》这类真人秀中的客串,或参加各类美食媒体的播客采访)的读者,我要强烈推荐蕾切尔的作品——即便你对美食媒体不怎么感兴趣,因为在读者看来,她的作品一直以来都是真正的文学盛宴。

《热盒:窥视食品行业风险最大的业务——酒席筹办》,作者:马特·李、特德·李

已出版

酒席筹办人通常是聚会中最不受重视的人,而且更糟糕的是,也是待遇最差的人。坦白说,他们的苦楚往往会因为宴会的实际规模和豪华程度的升级而升级。南加州李氏兄弟披露了筹办行业的幕后故事,其内容之丰富,远超你的想象。筹办过程可能比这些人所服务的活动更加狂野。除了应对提前(以及延后)开始的情况,紧张的预算、挑剔的客户以及极端天气状况之外,他们还得在服务顾客时维持其笑容和礼节。宴席筹办可能是一个吃力不讨好的工作,但在阅读本书之后,你在下次参加筹办活动时可能就会思考自己应如何行事。

《荷兰女孩:奥黛丽·赫本与二战》,作者:罗伯特·麦曾

已出版

在浮华城(好莱坞),能够像奥黛丽·赫本那样能够被人大书特书的人屈指可数。尽管经历了数代人,这位演员和人道主义者依然是公众津津乐道的对象,即便在她于1993年去世之后很长一段时间内亦是如此。然而,纪录片制作人、好莱坞摄影师罗伯特·麦曾的新书讲述了赫本早期生活那段鲜为人知的时光,也就是她在二战期间曾经在被纳粹占领的荷兰生活的那五年时光。这本最新的赫本自传还录入了对这位已故明星多位亲人的采访,也平添了该书的分量,其中包括她的儿子肖恩·费勒和卢卡·多迪。新书中令人悲痛的悲惨轶事包括她参加荷兰抵抗组织的详情,在阿纳姆战役期间担任医生助理的经历,以及她叔叔的行刑和1944年、1945年的荷兰饥荒。

《比特币亿万富翁:有关天才、背叛和救赎的真实故事》,作者:本·梅兹瑞奇

出版日期:5月21日

2009年《偶然的亿万富翁》(The Accidental Billionaires)一书的读者(或甚至其改编电影《社交网络》的观众)可能会认为,泰勒·温克勒沃斯和卡梅隆·温克勒沃斯两兄弟对于Facebook发生的事情以及漠不关心,而且书中对此提及的也不多。如今,作者本·梅兹瑞奇杀了回来,让这对创业双胞胎(科技界将之称为“Winklevii”)在其新书中担任主角,讲述了他们在与马克·扎克伯格的旷世法律之争后的生活和工作。有鉴于比特币在过去几年中的急速膨胀和价格飙升,加密货币粉丝应该十分了解这对兄弟的数字货币基金。但梅兹瑞奇对于他们过去10年的叙述在开篇便十分扣人心弦,其手法之高,直追好莱坞制作人的水准。叙事方式有时会稍显夸张,哪怕是描述旧金山普通的律师办公室的外观时也会文过饰非(“蛋壳色的墙体和工业米色地毯”)。而且这还只是第一页。抛开这些题外话不谈,梅兹瑞奇还祭出了另一个引人入胜的大招。是的,尽管这本书讲的是一对有着显赫出身、已经获得了巨大成功的科技行业双胞胎,但我们很难想象这些只不过是此书的最后一部分罢了,因为它更多地是关于加密货币市场的难以预测性以及这对兄弟的宏伟抱负。(财富中文网)

译者:冯丰

审校:夏林

The days are longer and the sun is out later, and while that might seem like a prime time to get out of the house, that doesn’t mean you have to leave your books at home. This spring is already fruitful for the publishing industry, still riding the success of semi-recent releases like Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and Delia Owens’s novel Where the Crawdads Sing. Looking forward, there are a number of new noteworthy nonfiction releases in the names of business and journalism that are well worth your consideration.

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law by Preet Bharara

Available Now

Before he was one of the first of many to be fired by President Trump, it’s hard to say how many people knew the name Preet Bharara outside of New York City or legal circles, or even just New York legal circles. But the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has since taken on the unofficial mantle as one of the esteemed critics of the current administration, frequently sharing candid takes on MSNBC and becoming prolific on Twitter, gaining more than a million followers. However, even with recent events in mind, Bharara’s book relies on his previous case histories and legal career to do the talking in their own right, letting the reader draw for themselves the lessons and conclusions about the state of the U.S. legal system and where it could go next.

Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump by Vicky Ward

Available Now

Just two years in to the Trump administration, and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of material for book after book about the current White House. (One can only imagine how many there will be after Trump’s exit, whether that’s in two years or six years.) The family Trump, in particular, generates the most fascination, not only with readers but clearly with journalists and authors themselves. Honing in on two of the most mysterious characters in House Trump, Vicky Ward picks up somewhat where Vanity Fair‘s Emily Jane Fox left off in last year’s Born Trump, which spent time with each member of the immediate family. Like with any unauthorized book, there were denials and backlash from Jared and Ivanka, through their attorneys. But like with many of the books that have come out about administration officials, many of the stories in Ward’s book have lined up with previously published accounts in most major mainstream outlets. Either way, it’s a juicy read.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Available Now

To say this is a book about The Troubles is much like the use of the term “The Troubles” in itself: an oversimplification. New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe does a masterful job of weaving together a myriad of narratives, themes, and characters to formulate a single book that is part history, part journalism, and part murder mystery. Even the title, Say Nothing, has a dual meaning: partially lifted from a Seamus Heaney poem and also a mantra for survival in Northern Ireland during three decades of terror and bloodshed. And yet, amid all of the heaviness and historical details, the book never feels overwhelming because it stays rooted among a core cast of characters. The narrative flows so fluidly that it almost feels like you’re reading a treatment for a screenplay to the next great HBO drama. Keefe manages to pull of this task—and possibly even solve one of the mysteries that propelled him to write this book—while maintaining a dedication to journalism and neutrality over a topic that is largely absent of any kind of neutral ground.

The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer by Caitlin Murray

Available Now

Currently the reigning World Cup and Olympic champions, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has garnered headlines for a less-than-celebratory reason but no less important: a gender discrimination suit against the United States Soccer Federation. Filed in federal court in March, the lawsuit covers 28 members of USWMT, is seeking class action status, and hopes to add in anyone who has played for U.S. Women’s Soccer since February 2015. Citing “institutionalized gender discrimination,” issue covered in the suit range from disparate pay, training conditions, medical treatment, and transportation versus the coverage and services provided by U.S. Soccer to the men’s team. Amid all this is veteran sports writer Caitlin Murray’s new book about the Women’s National Team, offering a deeper dive at both the conditions the players have endured in spite of their constant success, whether it being historic TV ratings, multiple World Cup and Olympic wins, and record revenue generated for U.S. Soccer and FIFA. A contributor and correspondent for The New York Times, ESPN, Fox Sports, and The Guardian, Murray conducted more than 100 exclusive interviews for this book, including with some of the team’s most beloved and famous players, such as Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Brandi Chastain, and Hope Solo.

Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View by Ramin Setoodeh

Available Now

CNN’s Brian Stelter already cracked the shiny veneer of network morning news programs with his 2013 book Top of The Morning. Now Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh is here to do the same with the somewhat less shiny, but more puffed up veneer of late morning TV: specifically ABC’s long-running talk show The View. After going to air first in 1997 with an ever-revolving door of hosts since, there is no shortage of material for Setoodeh to draw upon, and it doesn’t hurt that most of the tea came directly from the ladies of The View themselves in interviews for this book—some of whom have said publicly since that they regret doing. Maybe that’s because they didn’t expect the book to explode the way it did since being published on April 2. If you’re hoping to save one book for a beach or airport read this summer, this would be it.

The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise by David Kushner

Available Now

You might not have known there was drama about securing the rights to the Internet domain “Sex.com,” but on second thought, of course there was drama about securing the rights to the Internet domain “Sex.com.” Rolling Stone contributing editor David Kushner’s latest book examines just that in his latest book, which in true Rolling Stone style is much more rock-and-roll and raunchy than granola, sweater vests, and anything else associated with Internet workers out of Silicon Valley. Also part cat-and-mouse tale, The Players Ball recounts the intense, decades-long power struggle between two men—one of which was later the founder of Match.com and the other a con-man.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Available Now

Whether it’s a New York Times review of a restaurant rated three stars by Michelin or even just a 240-character tweet, no one writes quite like Ruth Reichl. The beloved food writer—who has served as a critic at the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and penned more than half a dozen books (memoirs, cookbooks, and a novel)—is now shining a light on a time in her career that fans might be most curious about: her tenure as the last editor of Gourmet magazine. When Condé Nast shuttered the venerated title in 2009, it shocked nearly everyone, from readers to restaurant managers to other members of the media. But as she has since admitted in interviews and details in Save Me the Plums, no one was more shocked—or broken-hearted—than Reichl herself. As someone who has read all of Reichl’s books to date (and routinely tunes in to watch her guest appearances on shows like Top Chef or interviews with various food media podcasts), I’d recommend anything Reichl writes—even if you’re not interested in food media—as her work has always been a true literary feast for the reader.

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee

Available Now

Caterers are often the most overlooked, and worse, poorly treated people at the party. Frankly, the way they’re treated often escalates based on how big or fancy the fête actually is. The Lee Brothers of South Carolina reveal much more than you could have imagined about what goes on behind the scenes in the catering business, which can be more wild than an event they’re serving. Dealing with early (and late) hours, tight budgets, demanding clients, extreme weather conditions—all while having to maintain a smile and a mantra of serving the customers. Catering can be a thankless job, but this book might make you reconsider how to conduct yourself next time you attend a catered event.

Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen

Available Now

There are few in Tinseltown who have been written about as much as Audrey Hepburn. The actress and humanitarian has long captured the public’s fascination across generations, even long after her death in 1993. But a new book from documentary filmmaker and Hollywood biographer Robert Matzen takes a look at a specific period in Hepburn’s early life that few are familiar with: the five years she spent in the Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. This latest Hepburn biography is strengthened through a number of interviews of those closest to the late star, including her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti. Among the harrowing and tragic incidents shared in the new book include details about her participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the battle of Arnhem, the execution of her uncle, and the Dutch famine of 1944 and 1945.

Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich

Available: May 21

Readers of 2009’s The Accidental Billionaires (or even viewers of the film adaptation The Social Network) might have thought that brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss got a short shrift—both in what happened at Facebook and having a smaller slice of the narrative. Now author Ben Mezrich is back to give the entrepreneurial twins, colloquially known in the tech world as the “Winklevii,” the lead roles in a new book about their lives and work after the late-aughts legal battle with Mark Zuckerberg. Cryptocurrency followers should already be familiar with the pair’s digital currency fund as bitcoin has blown up and gone haywire over the last few years. But Mezrich’s account of their last decade is gripping from the opening pages, setting it up supremely to be optioned by Hollywood producers. The narrative flourishes can be a bit much from time to time, as Mezrich tends to go overboard in describing how even a basic San Francisco law office looks (“eggshell-colored walls and industrial-beige carpets”). And that’s just page one. Those distractions aside, Mezrich has produced another page-turner. And yes, while it is about a pair of tech bros who came already from a privileged background and have still become wildly successful, it’s hard to imagine this will be the last installment about the Winklevoss twins given the unpredictability of both the crypto markets as well as the brothers’ extreme ambition.

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