Essential Books about the Economic Crisis and how the Crash Started

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  1. The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System

    — Charles Gasparino


  2. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    — Niall Ferguson


  3. How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities (Hardcover)

    — John Cassidy


  4. Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street

    — Jim Wallis


  5. Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

    — Joseph E. Stiglitz


  6. Debt Spiral: How Credit Failed Capitalism

    — Martin Lowy


  7. Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger

    — Fintan O’Toole


  8. Say’s Law and the Keynesian Revolution: How Macroeconomic Theory Lost Its Way

    — Steven Kates


  9. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    — Michael Lewis


  10. The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History

    — Gregory Zuckerman


  11. Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy

    — Barry Ritholtz


  12. The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

    — Charles R. Morris


  13. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    — Carmen M. Reinhart


  14. Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis unstoppable (Bloomberg) (Hardcover)

    — Mark Gilbert


  15. More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite

    — Sebastian Mallaby


  16. Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession

    — Frederick J. Sheehan


  17. Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over to Wall Street

    — Michael Hirsh (Author)


  18. Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles From Wall Street

    — Janet M. Tavakoli


  19. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

    — Gretchen Morgenson


  20. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    — Simon Johnson


  21. The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

    — David A. Stockman