The best books about the financial crisis of 2007–2008 📚

Browse the best books on the financial crisis of 2007–2008 as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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They Ask, You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today's Digital Consumer

By Marcus Sheridan

Why this book?

Marcus Sheridan built a multi-million dollar business by doing one thing really well – he listened to his customer’s questions and then answered them online. Simple, right? Well, the strategy works. In this book, Marcus lays out the particulars for how content creators can leverage this strategy in their own organization and what the impact might be.

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The best books on content creation and content marketing

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J R

By William Gaddis

Why this book?

I read J R the first time in college, and it was the ideal combination of challenging, cynical, illuminating – and hilarious. The novel is a cult classic among well-read Wall Street types, but be warned: it’s 726 pages of almost entirely dialogue, with not much to guide you about who is speaking or where. Once you figure out what Gaddis is up to, the writing becomes immersive and you join a wild ride with the eponymous sixth-grader, who uses the school’s payphone between classes to trade surplus picnic forks, free catalog samples, and eventually controlling stakes in major companies.…

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The best books on financial schemes

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The Long Game: China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order

By Rush Doshi

Why this book?

There is a veritable cottage industry now on books on China and its global strategy and influence. This book by Rush Doshi is one of the best because its analysis is based on extensive analysis of Chinese Communist party documents over decades. Doshi's analysis asks whether or not China has a grand strategy by examining China’s foreign policy concepts, capabilities, and conduct. This makes for a compelling and detailed analysis. 

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The best books on China’s global and African strategies

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Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe

By Tett Gillian

Why this book?

The global financial crisis that erupted in 2008 was a shocking event. Britain’s cash machines came within a few hours of stopping working, and the global banking system would have collapsed were it not for unprecedented multi-billion-dollar government bail-outs. Gillian Tett, trained as an anthropologist, became a financial journalist but kept on applying her fieldwork skills. Almost alone in her new profession, she grasped the huge risks that were developing underneath the radar and wrote about them in the Financial Times. Her book, Fool’s Gold, was one of the first books written about 2008’s giant crisis and remains…

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The best books on financial trading and the global financial system

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To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?

By Lucy Siegle

Why this book?

A classic book on the pain that fashion inflicts on both people and planet. This book does an excellent job of showing how the exploitation of people is inseparable from the exploitation of the biosphere. It is a searing critique of the fashion industry and its voracious appetite for evermore profit, and how this short-termist model is driving us towards disaster.

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The best books on workers’ rights in the fashion industry

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Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance

By Perry Mehrling

Why this book?

Since the global financial crisis of 2007-8, everyone knows about the transformation of financial markets that has taken place in recent decades. It also well known that developments in information technology have played a major role in that transformation. What is less well known is where the ideas that made it all possible came from. In this book, Perry Mehrling tells the story of Fischer Black, one of the creators of the Black-Scholes formula for pricing options (rights to buy or sell assets at a specified price at some point in the future) which are one of the foundations on…

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The best biographies of late 20th century economists

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