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Big business, big stories: Go behind scenes of Wall Street, Silicon Valley
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Big business, big stories: Go behind scenes of Wall Street, Silicon Valley

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Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

Wall Street and Silicon Valley are two of the most elusive and exclusive business capitals in the world. Teeming with uber wealthy businesspeople, landing a position in either of these locales may seem like the ultimate dream ... until you actually get there — and experience the fierce pressures that bring out the best (and often, the worst) in people.

This selection of books includes stories both true and fictitious sharing one common theme: They reveal exactly what happens behind the curtain at the companies that dominate the global financial and technology markets.

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Last year’s hit “Knives Out” saluted Christie’s trademark: assembling a cast of suspicious types in a grand house and bumping them off, one by one. Meanwhile, like “Downton Abbey,” Christie’s books chart the period in which those homes were falling into ruin because their owners couldn’t afford the taxes or the servants required to keep them up. Eventually, many became hotels or schools — which also became the setting for Christie murders.

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Christie scowls in virtually every photo, which might explain why she isn’t known for her humor, but she’s often hilarious. Her mystery writer Oliver not only eats apples in the bathtub (so did Christie) but she’s an amusing idiot savant who never stops complaining about the foreign detective she wishes she had never created. Both Poirot and Marple are funny in different ways, and Christie characters often toss off observations such as this, from “The Man in the Brown Suit”: “Everyone on a ship is always getting engaged. There’s nothing else to do.”

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