Booklist: American History, Politics, Corruption, and Economics & Investing

Preface. Many of the books below will turn what you learned in school upside-down.  

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Alice Friedemann,  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Derrick Jensen, Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report

American History

  • N. Isenberg. White Trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America
  • B. Bailyn. The barbarous years. The peopling of British North America. The conflict of civilizations 1600-1675
  • D. J. Silverman.  Thundersticks (guns and how they affected American Indians)
  • C. Johnson. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic
  • S. Schiff.  The witches: Salem, 1692
  • D. Priest. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State
  • N. Reding.  Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
  • T. Wolfe. The Right Stuff.
  • J. Barry. The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
  • W. Rorabaugh. The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition
  • P. Fussell. Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
  • M. Levinson. The box: how the shipping container made the world smaller (my note: this is what made globalization possible)
  • V. Jenkins. The Lawn. A history of an American Obsession
  • Z. N. H. Barracoon. The story of the last “black cargo”
  • W. Warren. New England bound: Slavery and colonization in early America
  • A. Resendez. The other slavery: the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America
  • S. Northup Twelve years a slave
  • C. Knowlton. Cattle kingdom. The hidden history of the cowboy west.
  • M. Sperber. Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Education
  • J. Ryan. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: Making and Breaking of elite gymnasts & figure skaters
  • J. Doyle. Taken for a ride: Detroit’s big three and the politics of pollution.
  • J.C. Scott. Seeing like a state. How certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed.
  • J. Hogshire. You Are Going To Prison.

American Politics

American Corruption

  • J. Hari. Chasing the scream. The first and last days of the war on drugs
  • L. Lessig. Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It
  • J. M. Feinman. Delay Deny Defend. Why insurance companies don’t pay claims and what you can do about it.
  • J. Eisinger. The chickenshit club. Why the justice department fails to prosecute executives
  • J. Mayer. Dark money. The hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right
  • J. Lanchester. I.O.U. Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay
  • G. Morgenson. Reckles$ endangerment. How outsized ambition, greed, and corruption led to economic Armageddon
  • A. R. Sorkin. Too big to fail. The inside story of how Wall Street & Washington fought to save the financial system—and themselves
  • C. Bruck. The predators’ ball: the inside story of Drexel Burnham and the rise of the Jumkbond raiders
  • F. Partnoy. Infections greed: how deceit and risk corrupted the financial markets
  • C. Ferguson. Predator nation. Corporate criminals, political corruption, and the hijacking of America
  • M. Taibbi. Smells like dead elephants: Dispatches from a rotting empire
  • S. Das. Extreme money. Masters of the universe and the cult of risk
  • W. Pavlo. Stolen without a gun: confessions from inside history’s biggest accounting fraud – the collapse of MCI Worldcom
  • R. Lowenstein. When genius faild: the rise and fall of long-term capital management
  • C. Cooper. Extraordinary circumstances: the journey of a corporate whistleblower
  • B. L. Toffler. Final accounting: Ambition, greed, and the fall of Arthur Andersen
  • K. Eichenwald. Serpent on the rock: Crime, betrayal and the terrible secrets of Prudential Bache
  • M. Zuckoff. Ponzi’s scheme: the true story of a financial legend
  • A. Kirtzman. Betrayal: the life and lies of Bernie Madoff
  • J. Belfort. Catching the wolf of Wall street.
  • D. Grann. Killers of the flower moon: the Osage murders & the birth of the FBI
  • F. Portnoy. Fiasco. The inside story of a wall street trader
  • L. Leopold. The looting of America: How wall street’s game of fantasy finance destroyed our jobs, pensions, and prosperity—and what we can do about it
  • J. B. Stewart. Den of Thieves.
  • K. Calavita. Big money crime: fraud and politics in the savings and loan crisis

Economics & Investing

Now that we’re at the end of growth, have a distribution of wealth worse than before the Great Depression, and a future crash given the utter lack of economic reforms and growing debt, this is not a good time to invest!

  • C.A.S. Hall, Energy & the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical economy
  • R. Heinberg. The end of growth: Adapting to our new economic reality
  • E. Lefevre. Reminiscences of a stock operator: with new commentary and insights on the life and times of Jesse Livermore
  • M. Lewis. Liar’s poker.
  • D. Liss. The coffee trader.
  • W. Bonner. The new empire of debt: the rise and fall of an epic financial bubble
  • W. Bonner. Mobs, messiahs, and markets: Surviving the public spectacle in finance and politics
  • N. N. Taleb. Fooled by randomness: the hidden role of chance in life and in the markets.
  • B. Mann. Republic of debtors. Bankruptcy in the age of American independence
  • S. Das. Traders, guns & money: knowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives
  • J. Rothchild. A fool and his money: the odyssey of an average investor
  • E. Chancellor. Devil take the hindmost: A history of financial speculation
  • A. Wiggin. Financial reckoning day fallout: surviving today’s global depression
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