Journal 127 — Rudy Giuliani, Tesla, antibiotics research, thefts of Chinese art, and Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump presidency

Rudy Giuliani, 2016, by Gage Skidmore

This week — Rudy Giuliani, Tesla, antibiotics research, and a series of thefts of Chinese art that may be coordinated.

If you only read one thing — The Washington Post on Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump presidency is worth the time.


Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency | The Washington Post | Politics

This piece relays a series of extraordinary vignettes from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, portraying the dysfunction of the Trump White House. The article also contains a recording of Woodward’s telephone conversation with Trump, which took place after the manuscript was completed.

Tesla, software and disruption | Benedict Evans | Business

Benedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. This piece is a deep dive into the automotive industry, comparing the incumbents (Ford, GM, et al) with the disruptor (Tesla), and searching for insights in other industries that have already seen disruption (mobile phones, desktop and laptop computers).

How Rudy Giuliani Turned Into Trump’s Clown | The New Yorker | Politics

Jeffrey Toobin’s profile of Rudy Giuliani is full of political insight, but also contains a healthy dose of revealing anecdotes — such as those about life at Giuliani’s favourite cigar club, complete with Alec Baldwin’s description of “Republican Manhattan”.

The Great Chinese Art Heist | GQ | Crime

An investigation into a series of thefts of Chinese art from museums around the world examines the rumours in some quarters that they are being ordered by the Chinese government, in an attempt to repatriate their looted artistic heritage.

Inside the slimy underground hunt for humanity’s antibiotic saviour | Wired | Science

Superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics are one of the major global health concerns today. This piece looks at scientists’ efforts to develop new antibiotics to combat them.


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