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Newsnight Review: 27 March 2009

In this week's Newsnight Review, Kirsty Wark and the panel will be discussing the books we're turning to for inspiration and guidance in the recession; plus they'll be watching Michael Sheen play Brian Clough on screen; and taking in a theatrical interpretation of a 19th century Russian short story.

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BOOKS | Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Storm by Vince Cable

As the recession deepens, which books are we turning to for inspiration and guidance?

Watch the panel's verdict on Atlas Shrugged and The Storm

We look at two books that outline very different visions of economic crisis.

Ayn Rand has long been an inspiration to free market thinkers.

Her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged has been described as the most influential book in America after the Bible.

Alan Greenspan, Angelina Jolie and Rush Limbaugh are all fans.

And now it has emerged that online sales of Atlas Shrugged have surged in recent months, peaking, interestingly, after the nationalisation of Northern Rock and the huge US bailout package.

In the novel, influential leaders of industry disappear one by one, apparently in protest at the decline of civilization.

The resulting story lays out Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, one which argues the need for laissez-faire capitalism.

Vince Cable's book The Storm is one of many pieces of non-fiction about to be published which attempt to explain the roots of this economic crisis.

The Lib Dem Treasury spokesman has been called the "sage" of the credit crunch.

He warned years ago about the over-heating housing market, and advocated the nationalisation of Northern Rock months before the government did it.

The Storm is his take on how we got here, and how we can get out of it.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is published by Penguin Classics, and The Storm by Vince Cable is published by Atlantic Books on Wednesday, 1 April, 2009.

FILM | The Damned United

The Damned United is a biopic of legendary football manager Brian Clough's controversial 44 day tenure as manager of Leeds United FC.

Watch the panel's verdict on The Damned United

Directed by Tom Hooper, the man behind the much lauded TV mini-series John Adams , the film stars Michael Sheen as Clough, whose rivalry with Don Revie, his predecessor, makes it hard for him to form a bond with his players.

Central to the film is the depiction of the complex relationship between the outspoken, flamboyant Clough, and his loyal coach, Peter Taylor (played by Timothy Spall).

The Damned United was adapted for the screen by Peter Morgan from David Peace's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel.

Former footballer Pat Nevin will be joining the panel to discuss the film. Read his biography here.

The Damned United, certificate TBC, is released on Friday, 27 March, 2009.

THEATRE | The Overcoat

Using a very visual form of physical theatre and little dialogue, the Gecko Theatre company present their new interpretation of Nikolai Gogol's 1842 short story, The Overcoat.

Watch the panel's verdict on The Overcoat

The production follows Akkaki, a lowly clerk who is infatuated with fellow worker Natalie.

He watches his colleagues progress up the career ladder, while he is stuck in a low level job, with only a threadbare coat to his name.

In order to win over Natalie and the others, he decides to work harder to impress the boss and get a brand new overcoat.

The ensuing struggle lays bare the temptations and frustrations of being at the bottom of the pile.

The Overcoat is at the Lyric Hammersmith, London until Saturday 11 April, 2009, and then at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth from Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 April, 2009.

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