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What book to read to understand the current economic situations better?

  1. Oct 28, 2011 #1
    Which books do you guys recommend reading which would help us to understand the current economic situations better? What book you think breaks down best the what went wrong and goes wrong with the economy? (World or domestic economy, financial markets, trade relations, developing countries, whatever you think is most important for a better understanding of the current economic situation, also nowadays everything is so interrelated, so it matters all)

    My favorites are

    https://www.amazon.com/Fault-Lines-...sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319801793&sr=1-1" by Raghuram Rajan

    https://www.amazon.com/Free-Trade-D...sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319801921&sr=1-5" by Ian Fletcher

    https://www.amazon.com/Things-They-Dont-About-Capitalism/dp/1608191664/ref=pd_sim_b_4" byHa-Joon Chang

    What do you read?
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  4. Nov 4, 2011 #3


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  5. Nov 4, 2011 #4


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    Re: What book to read?

    Milton Friedman; possibly more responsible than any other single individual for the mess we are in now.

    - Off the final gold standard
    - Excessive deregulation of business
    - Innovative but ultimately destructive financial instruments such as CDSs
    - Extreme leverage and DEBT
    - Rampant speculation

    Weren't all these practices either invented or sanctioned by Friedman? Didn't legislators, politicians, government and institutional regulators, Wall Street CEOs and businessmen, other academics and ordinary people all take his imprimatur as a license for their maleficent actions?

    If these OWS folks were looking for a bit of guerrilla theater, they might want to dig up his corpse and parade around with his head (or facsimile) on a pike.

    I recommend Sun Tzu's "Art of War" and Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince". These books will tell you exactly how the world has worked for the last thousand years, and inform you well about what's going on today.

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    Re: What book to read?

    Why not actually read some of his material and find out for yourself?

    No, I don't think it was
  7. Nov 7, 2011 #6
    I like the classics: Ricardo, Keynes, Smith.

    Nowadays I read Krugman's column. Michael Lewis' "Liar's Poker" and "The Big Short" for the inside view.
  8. Nov 8, 2011 #7
    For lay persons the classics are a waste of time unless you want to learn about history of economic thought.

    To the OP, to understand what happened you need to learn economics. Pop-sci books won’t cut it.
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