Saturday Coffee Table: Money Talking Weekend Reading

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Money Talking host Charlie Herman and regular contributors Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar of Time tell us what they're reading this weekend. 


Charlie Herman will be reading Bloomberg Businessweek's cover story about British Petroleum "How BP Got Screwed on Gulf Oil Spill Claims" by Paul Barrett. "They're looking at what happened after the oil spill in the Gulf and all the lawsuits that have been filed against the company and raising the question of actually how legitimate are some of the suits against them, asking the question: Is BP getting rolled in the Gulf?"

Rana Foroohar will be reading Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll. "The comparison between BP and Exxon is actually kind of fascinating because it gets into how it was that BP became the Teflon oil company for so long and Exxon was supposedly the bad guy when in fact a lot of the practices in the industry were sort of standard across all the oil firms."

Joe Nocera will be reading Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis, which he calls one of the greatest books ever written about the Supreme Court. "Gideon is a prisoner. He writes, in handwriting, a writ asking the court to take his case. He argues that he didn't get due process because he was deprived of a lawyer. They take the case and it fundamentally changes the law."