This little list will get you started on the long shelf of books that give the complete picture of the economic world and how we got where we are  – some of the books are political, but then the fields of economics and politics are identic in many ways.

America’s First Great Depression
Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837
Alasdair Roberts, Cornell University Press
http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100791950
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304363104577392263561972418.html

Perfectly Legal
by David Cay Johnston
http://www.salon.com/2004/02/09/johnston_8/

You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
by Howard Zinn
http://www.reelingreviews.com/howardzinnyoucantbeneutralonamovingtrain.htm
http://craccum.ausa.auckland.ac.nz/?p=154

The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
Paul Krugman
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/27/return-of-depression-economics-paul-krugman

End This Depression Now!
Paul Krugman
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/books/review/end-this-depression-now-by-paul-krugman.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.winningprogressive.org/book-review-paul-krugmans-end-this-depression-now

Film Review

Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Directed by Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=8745