Rockefellers, Robots and an Empire Reborn

(Bloomberg View) -- The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of French roast coffee, grab a spot on the love seat, and get ready for our longer form-weekend reads:

  • The Rockefellers vs. the company that made them Rockefellers: The family that pioneered the oil industry in America wants to expose what Exxon hid from the public about climate change. (New York)
  • This army of AI robots will feed the world (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • A Chinese empire reborn: The Communist Party’s emerging empire is more the result of force than a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas (New York Times)
  • How car companies decide you’ll ride a Mustang or catch a Tiguan (New York Times)
  • On the publishing the largest leak in the history of U.S. power (Literary Hub)
  • We’ve been told we’re living in a post-truth age. Don’t believe it. (Slatesee also “Fire And Fury” is the first book of the post-truth era (Buzzfeed)
  • Heartland Democrats to Washington: “You’re killing us” (Politico)
  • Terry Gross on the art of the Q&A and the guest that most surprised her (Vulture)
  • Inside the Amish town that builds U2, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift’s live shows (Wired)
  • Quentin Richardson: Letter to my younger self (The Players’ Tribune)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Brooke Lampley, vice chairman of the fine art division at Sotheby’s. Lampley is a specialist in Impressionist and modern art and previously ran that department at Christie’s, where she sold over a billion dollars of paintings and sculptures.

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Rockefellers, Robots and an Empire Reborn

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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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