Crash: Bank Failures and Other Economic Catastrophes

You don’t have to look far to find news that illustrates how we are still struggling to dig our way out of a severe economic crisis.

How did we get in this mess again? As it was happening, there were lots of articles about housing market bubbles, bank failures, subprime lending, bailouts, securities scandals and other catastrophes that brought us here. If you want to explore some behind-the-scenes stories about what happened, there have been a number of recent exposés that explore the gory details of what took place in banks, at investment companies, on Wall Street, and in political circles. Of course, you’ll find no shortage of finger-pointing and theories from various perspectives.

If I’ve piqued your interest, have a look at this list of non-fiction books and movies that help tell this story. Many of these books are currently featured in a display in the Small Business collection on the 7th floor of the Central Library.

If you like this list, you also might enjoy listening to Kirsten Grind who will be at the Central Library on July 26 to discuss her new book The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual — The Biggest Bank Failure in American History.

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