The Secret Economics Of a VIP Party

Behind every £100,000 bar tab, there is a secret economy of pretty women.

Source: Economist
Published: Jul 3, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,821 words)

Medieval Warfare: Just as Terrifying as You Might Imagine

The soldier now known as Towton 25 had survived battle before. A healed skull fracture points to previous engagements. He was old enough—somewhere between 36 and 45 when he died—to have gained plenty of experience of fighting. But on March 29th 1461, his luck ran out. Towton 25 suffered eight wounds to his head that day. The precise order can be worked out from the direction of fractures on his skull: when bone breaks, the cracks veer towards existing areas of weakness. The first five blows were delivered by a bladed weapon to the left-hand side of his head, presumably by a right-handed opponent standing in front of him.

Source: Economist
Published: Dec 16, 2010
Length: 11 minutes (2,774 words)

How Toyota Lost Its Crown

Source: Economist
Published: Dec 15, 2009
Length: 12 minutes (3,067 words)

Wall Street’s new shape — Rearranging the towers of gold

Wall Street has staged a surprisingly strong recovery from its meltdown a year ago. But it will not return to business as usual

Source: Economist
Published: Sep 10, 2009
Length: 11 minutes (2,820 words)

The Geneva conventions at 60 — Unleashing the laws of war

The chasm is still too wide between noble Swiss ideas and the hard reality of locations where war is hell

Source: Economist
Published: Aug 13, 2009
Length: 7 minutes (1,826 words)

We Are All Writers Now

Go back 20, 30 years and you will find all of us doing more talking than writing. We rued literacy levels and worried over whether all this phone-yakking and television-watching spelled the end of writing. Few make that claim today. I would hazard that, with more than 200m people on Facebook, and even more with home internet access, we are all writing more than we would have ten years ago.

Source: Economist
Published: Jun 26, 2009
Length: 4 minutes (1,061 words)

The Bankruptcy of General Motors: A Giant Falls

The collapse of General Motors into bankruptcy is only the latest chapter in a long story of mismanagement and decline

Source: Economist
Published: Jun 4, 2009
Length: 10 minutes (2,550 words)