The list author says: "Our economic and political systems have become badly deranged, no longer serving the interests of most of us. Our current economic crisis is a symptom of a deeper pathology, self-serving elite control of the economic system that actually belongs to all of us. This condition ultimately threatens our future and our fundamental values. These books will give you strong new insight into how we got into this position and what can be done to recover."
"This book gives you the background to understand how all human economic systems work, everywhere and always (see Chapter 17 especially). It is vital to understand the forces that REALLY shape our economies, not those claimed to be important by the naive or the narrowly self-interested."
"This book is the seminal treatment of how our disastrous present economic condition unfolded over the last 30 years. Elite economic interests have propagandized us and bought many of our politicians Â thereby taking over a formerly flourishing economy, creating our present suffocating economic stasis. This is well annotated, professional scholarship that is nonetheless highly readable."
"Reich does a great job of abstracting the same essential lesson as from "Winner Take All Politics" (above) but in a briefer, easily readable form. He speaks with an insider's authority, as a former Secretary of Labor."
"Economist James Galbraith shows us the consequences of elite economic seizure of our politics (books above). Things are most emphatically not as we have been told. If you hold out any hope that our current crop of politicians actually understand our economy, this book will disabuse you of that notion."