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Dr. Christopher C. Lovett

The Great Crash of 2008

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.