Select Bibliography for the Great Crash of 2008

There are many books that will explain the reasons for the economic collapse that struck Wall Street in September of 2008; however, these books, more than may others, will not only help to explain what happened, but will also set the stage for those events that unfolded.

  • Ahamed, Liaquant. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. Penguin, 2009.
  • Allen, Frederick Lewis. The Lords of Creation. Harpers, 1935.
  • Ballen, Malcolm. The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble: The World's First Great Financial Scandal. Fourth Estate, 2002.
  • Batra, Ravi. The Great Depression of 1990. Simon and Schuster, 1987.
  • ___. The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Corruption. Palgrave, 2007.
  • Beard, Patricia. After the Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905. HarperCollins, 2003.
  • ___. Blue Blood & Mutiny: The Fight for the Soul of Morgan Stanley. Harper, 2007.
  • Brooks, John. Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938. Wiley, 1999.
  • Bruner, Robert F. and Sean D. Carr. The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm. Wiley, 2007.
  • Burns, Jennifer. Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Oxford, 2009
  • Burrough, Bryan and John Helyar. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. HarperCollins, 1990.
  • Cannadine, David. Mellon: An American Life. Knopf, 2006.
  • Chernow, Ron. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. Simon & Schuster, 1990.
  • Clews, Henry. Fifty Years in Wall Street. Wiley, 1908, 2006.
  • Cohan, William D. House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess of Wall Street. Doubleday, 2009.
  • Cooper, George. The Origin of Financial Crises: Central Banks, Credit Bubbles and the Efficient Market Fallacy. Vintage, 2008.
  • DiLorenzo, Thomas J. Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution -- and What It Means for America Today. Crown Forum, 2008.
  • Dunn, Donald. Ponzi: The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons. Broadway Books, 1975.
  • Easton, Nina J. Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade. Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Eichenwald, Kurt. The Informant. Broadway, 2008.
  • ___. The Conspiracy of Fools. Broadway, 2005
  • Ellis, Charles. The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs. Penguin, 2008.
  • Fox, Justin. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. Harper, 2009.
  • Fraser, Steve. Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street. Harper, 2005.
  • ___. Wall Street: America's Dream Palace. Yale, 2008.
  • Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. University of Chicago, 1962.
  • Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash 1929. Mariner Books, 1954.
  • Geisst, Charles R. Monopolies in America: Empire Builders and Their Enemies from Jay Gould to Bill Gates. Oxford, 2000.
  • Johnson, Simon. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. Pantheon, 2010.
  • Josephson, Matthew. The Robber Barons. Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.
  • Kindleberger, Charles P. Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crisis. Wiley, 2005.
  • Krugman, Paul. The Conscience of a Liberal. Norton, 2007.
  • ___. The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008. Norton, 2009.
  • Lewis, Michael. Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage of Wall Street. Penguin, 1989.
  • ___. Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. Norton, 2009.
  • ___. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Norton, 2010.
  • Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. Barnes and Noble, 1922.
  • Lowenstein, Roger. Origins of the Crash: The Great Bubble and Its Undoing. Penguin, 2004.
  • ____. The End of Wall Street. Penguin, 2010.
  • McLean, Bethany and Peter Elkind. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. Penguin, 2003.
  • Morris, Charles. The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash. Public Affairs, 2008.
  • ____. The Tycoons: How Carnegie, Rockefeller, Gould, and Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy. Henry Holt, 2005.
  • ____. The Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets. Public Affairs, 2009/
  • Muolo, Paul and Matthew Pailla. Chain of Blame. Wiley, 2008.
  • Partnoy, Frank. The Match King: Ivan Kreuger, the Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals. Public Affairs, 2009.
  • Phillips, Kevin. Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. Viking, 2008.
  • Phillips-Fein, Kim. Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade against the New Deal. Norton, 2009.
  • Reich, Robert B. Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and the Everyday Life. Knopf, 2007.
  • Rothkopf, David. Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making. Farrar, Giroux, Strauss, 2008.
  • Shelp, Ron. Fallen Giant: The Amazing Story of Hank Greenberg and the History of AIG. Wiley, 2006.
  • Sorkin, Andrew Ross. Too Big to Fail. Viking, 2009.
  • Swanberg, W. A. Jim Fisk: The Career of an Improbable Rascal. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1959
  • Tett, Gillian. Fool's Gold. Free Press, 2009.
  • Ward, Vicky. Devil's Casino: Friendship Betrayal, and High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers. Wiley, 2010.
  • Wedel, Janine R. Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy. Basic Books, 2009.
  • Wessel, David. In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic. Crown Business, 2009.
  • Zandi, Mark. Financial Shock. FT Press, 2009.
  • Zuckoff, Mitchell. Ponzi: The Man and His Legendary Scheme. Random House, 2005.