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A financial crisis bookshelf

This is overdue. I’ve been meaning to post a list of the best books I’ve read so far about the financial and economic meltdown.

This is overdue. I’ve been meaning to post a list of the best books I’ve read so far about the financial and economic meltdown. I’ve referred to most of them at one time or another already, so I won’t offer any annotation here.

It’s obviously far from an exhaustive list; I’m posting it now partly in the hope that you’ll append some recommendations of your own.

Roots of the current crisis:

Charles Kindleberger, Manias, Panics and Crashes
Paul Krugman, The Return of Depression Economics
Charles Morris, The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown
Kevin Phillips, Bad Money
Robert Shiller, The Subprime Solution

Backstory (1990s and 2000s):

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David Cay Johnston, Perfectly Legal
David Cay Johnston, Free Lunch
Kevin Phillips, American Theocracy
Robert Pollin, Contours of Descent

Backstory (1920s and 1930s):

Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday
J.K. Galbraith, The Great Crash of 1929