Monthly Archives: December 2011
  • Mike Mayo's exile on Wall Street

    Our Weekly Read column features Fortune staffers' and contributors' takes on recently published books about the business world and beyond. We've invited the entire Fortune family -- from our writers and editors to our photo editors and designers -- to weigh in on books of their choosing based on their individual tastes or curiosities. This week, writer Katie Benner takes a look at Exile on Wall Street, outsider analyst Michael Mayo's insider look at MORE

    Dec 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • American craftsmanship lives at Allen Edmonds

    FORTUNE -- Allen Edmonds has been making high-end men's dress shoes since 1922. Every President from Reagan to Obama has worn the brand. Meanwhile, Allen Edmonds' popularity continues: Sales this year will rise 25%, to $100 million, says the Port Washington, Wis., company. A renewed interest in American classics (think Mad Men) has boosted demand. -- Anne VanderMey

    By the numbers

    212: The number of steps it typically takes to make a pair MORE

    Dec 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • With new Malibu, GM hopes to break Toyota's grip

    With the Malibu, GM is taking another step in fulfilling a goal it has pursued in fits and starts for two decades: to engineer and design mainstream vehicles that can be built and sold worldwide.

    By Doron Levin, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The new Chevrolet Malibu, which reaches U.S. showrooms in a few months, is something of a major milestone for General Motors. It is GM's first true "world" midsize sedan. Virtually identical MORE

    Dec 20, 2011 12:33 PM ET
  • A new roadmap for coal

    Prairie State Energy Campus, a combination coal mine and power plant financed by Peabody Energy, could be the new model for the struggling coal industry.

    By Ken Otterbourg, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The list keeps growing. Closed and scuttled coal plants, victims of tough regulations and lower demand for power across the Midwest. This year saw closings announced by the Tennessee Valley Authority and AEP, one of the nation's largest private utilities. Earlier this MORE

    Dec 20, 2011 10:18 AM ET
  • It Took a Lady to Save Avon (Fortune, 2001)

    Editor's note: Every week, Fortune.com publishes a favorite story from our magazine archives. This week, we look back at the career of Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon. The company recently announced that it will replace Jung as CEO and that when it does, she will stay on as executive chairman. Jung has had a 12-year run as CEO of Avon, the longest of any female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. MORE

    Dec 18, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • 7 ideal holiday gift wines

    Here is a selection of excellent wines that will make people stop to look at the label after their first sip.

    By Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth

    When choosing wine as a gift, there are many considerations that you need to take into account. Is the region famous enough? Did it have a great vintage? Is the producer well known for delivering great wine? Will people realize how much I spend when they see the name? Does MORE

    Dec 16, 2011 2:52 PM ET
  • Shucked: Life on the (oyster) farm

    Our Weekly Read column features Fortune staffers' and contributors' takes on recently published books about the business world and beyond. We've invited the entire Fortune family -- from our writers and editors to our photo editors and designers -- to weigh in on books of their choosing based on their individual tastes or curiosities. This week, Lawrence A. Armour takes a look at Erin Byers Murray's Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm.

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    Dec 16, 2011 12:53 PM ET
  • America's untamable river trade

    The nation's barge operators have to wage a continual, chaotic, slow-motion battle of logistics.

    By Ken Otterbourg, contributor

    FORTUNE -- A standard barge is 35 feet wide and 195 feet long. It is 12 feet deep and sinks nine feet below the surface when loaded, pushing through the water like a brick. A standard tow has 15 of these barges -- three wide and five long -- winched together with cables and MORE

    Dec 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Hawaii: Sugar-Coated Fort (Fortune, 1940)

    Editor's note: Every week, Fortune.com publishes a favorite story from our magazine archives. This weekend, as we mark the 70th anniversary  of the attack of Pearl Harbor, we remember the 2,390 Americans who died in the attacks. Here's an article from Fortune magazine, written about a year before the tragedy, about Hawaii and the U.S. government's investments in the naval base.

    In peacetime the Hawaiian Islands offer lovely vistas of sugar cane, pineapples, MORE

    Dec 11, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • How wine prices have changed over 25 years

    Think you're spending a lot more for your French wines than you did in 1986? It all depends on which ones.

    By Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth

    I complain about wine prices. A lot. Maybe I'm just jaded, or spoiled since I've been buying wine for so long, or perhaps my standard of living has simply eroded. Then again, I've grown more mature and understand the actual value of things and how hard MORE

    Dec 9, 2011 10:33 AM ET
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