Top 5 Books on Economic Crisis

This is the first call, in a series of many, to ask your book nominations for new “Essentials” lists. For each request, we will gather recommendations from the forums, create a poll to select the Top 5, and provide a myriad of opportunities to get the books, have live interaction with the authors, and much more.

What is the one book (or your list of several) you’ve learned the most from, that gets to the heart of the economic crisis?  Answer in The Forum.

As diverse as the movement is, no one can deny that the call for this movement was rage at the economic system that prevails. There’s a reason they called for the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet.

Since then, tens of thousands of books have been donated to Occupy libraries, offered by people desperate to inform passionate activists of the root causes of our problems. The libraries, as you know if you’ve been there or seen our intro video, have been largely destroyed.  However, the books had an impact before city governments threw them into the landfills; a fantastic beginning to centralizing essential knowledge every Occupier should know.

Share with us the best books on the economic crisis in the forum, that you read at an Occupy, at school, or on your own, and we’ll do our best to get the word out!

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  1. Russell says:

    I’d recommend the following:
    “No More National Debt” by Bill Still
    “The Web of Debt” by Ellen Brown
    “The Secret of Oz” award-winning documentary by Bill Still

  2. Candida Spillard says:

    1. Not a book, but the video “Money as Debt”
    2. “Prosperity Without Growth” by Tim Jackson. The original report on which the book was based, is also available free on the net: The SDC, who commissioned the work, have been disbanded(!) so download this quickly!
    3. “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F. King. 1911 vintage, also available free on the ‘net. How the Chinese and their near neighbours kept going as a civilisation, by looking after their soil.
    4. “The Party’s Over” by Richard Heinberg.
    5. “Carbon Detox” by George Marshall. A sociable approach to the issue of saving energy. I left my copy to me wokmates when I gave up my job!

    Plus Matt Tiabbi’s original Rolling Stone article about bubbles. And anything that tells you how to do gardening.