Superhubs: How the Financial Elite and their Networks Rule Our World

Book review by Deane Barker
tags: business
2018
Sandra Navidi
320
6/10

I was mixed on this book. Three stars is too low for this, but four stars is probably too high.

The book is about all the large-scale economic players and theatrics that happen behind the scenes. This is the world of George Soros and Long-Term Capital Management and Bilderberg and Davos and the IMF and the World Bank. It’s the world where billionaires make moves and countermoves that make them a lot of money and affect the larger economy in the process.

It’s not a book of conspiracy theories, despite the dramatic subtitle. The author is a banker and consultant, and she discusses the players as if they’re contemporaries and sometimes friends. I didn’t get the sense that any of the people are hiding anything. They seem to operate out in the open, so none of this is a big secret or anything.

Each chapter is about some aspect of the “financial elite.” What makes them tick, how they manage their networks, how they move between private enterprise and public service, what happens when they get ejected from their rarefied world, and what they do afterwards.

I got a little annoyed that the author kept inserting herself in the text, but I suppose I can’t blame her for that. She apparently lives in this world, even if she did come across as a little self-important.

I don’t know that I learned much new. There are a lot of names to remember, and a lot of it seemed obvious. But I didn’t mind the book. It was a fun read about an exciting world.

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