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Emillereid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:34 PM
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The best books on the financial crisis?
I want to buy a book as a gift for a savvy young person that really explains the financial crisis. Any suggestions?
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:37 PM
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1. This is a good one by Robert Scheer:

The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street


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canoeist52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:37 PM
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2. Matt Taibbi's "Griftopia"
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/978038...

"The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isnt past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter classmade up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their biddinghas been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how theyve hijacked Americas political and economic life."
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:40 PM
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3. Das Kapital
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:40 PM
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4. The Big Short Michael Lewis.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:42 PM
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5. The Secrets of the Temple by William Greider
Over 20 years old and still relevant...
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:42 PM
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6. The Shock Doctrine.
I read it about 2 years ago, and
I'm still depressed.

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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:50 PM
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7. "The Great American Stickup"
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 06:11 PM
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8. John Quiggin's 'Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us '...
....lays out the bankrupt economic theories that got us here.

Happy is he who understands the causes of things. Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. Vergil. Georgics
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 06:15 PM
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9. All the devils are here
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phasma ex machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 06:42 PM
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10. "When Money Dies" nt
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mdavies013 Donating Member (292 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 08:21 PM
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11. Matt Taibbi's Griftopia by far...and I've read most.
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Emillereid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 12:50 PM
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12. Thanks for the ideas everybody. Happiness to all!
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touche Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 07:36 PM
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13. "Too Big to Fail" - By Sorkin
A very refreshing personal take, moment-by-moment.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 07:23 PM
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14. The Wrecking Crew
by Thomas Frank. Even though it came out in 2008, it describes in careful detail just how conseervatives are happily defunding the Left, riding roughshod over the economy, and generally destroying our economy. It's not exactly all about the current financial situation, but tells a lot about what's led to it.
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ChillbertKChesterton Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 04:46 PM
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16. Frank is an interesting author with compelling arguments
His thesis in Wrecking Crew is pretty solid
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 02:02 AM
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15. Best one I've found is
"The weekend that changed Wall Street"

by Maria Bartiromo.

She's a CNBC Financial Reporter and she was on the story talking to all the participants real time and then after the crash. Very clear reporting.
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ChillbertKChesterton Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 04:50 PM
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17. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce - Slavoj Zizek
Zizek argues that 9/11 and the 2008 financial collapse marked the one-two punch of history that signaled the failures of democratic liberal capitalism as the "final" arrangement of global economy.

He looks at Francis Fukuyama's claim that we have reached the "End of History", and compellingly argues that 2001 and 2008 marked the "end of the end of history", first in the political sphere, then in the economic sphere.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 10:40 PM
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18. Another vote for Griftopia.
Taibbi has been getting the underbus treatment in GD, since he ventured a criticism of someone who must never be criticized, but he is an excellent writer on this topic.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 11:57 AM
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19. "This Time It's Different"
by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff.
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