Reading List for a Financial Meltdown

11/07/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Since some people will have more reading time in the days, weeks and months ahead, here are a few suggested reads. They have helped me during these past two years:

The Crash of '79 by Paul E. Erdman
-- Ends with "For the world was now forced to live with a bank system that lay in ruins, with monetary chaos, and with the prospect of having to survive on half its former oil reserves. The lights everywhere gradually began to flicker and fade. The Crash of '79 was complete."

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
-- Remember to vote!

It Can Happen Here by Joe Conasan

The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes, Jr.
-- "The Marbles Just Aren't Worth It!"

Banker to the Poor
by Muhammad Yunus -- Also his latest, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2006 and creator of the Grameen Bank

The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters and What to do About It
by Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman

Love, Sex and Your Heart
by Alexander Lowen, M.D. -- Now that you may have more time. And it's free!

Less Is More by Goldian Vanderbroek

Supercapitalism by Robert B. Reich

The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World by John Perkins

How To Prosper During the Coming Bad Years in the 21st Century by Howard J. Ruff