Five Books to Read In a Financial Crisis

The Bookshelf


As the economic situation intensifies, some readers are turning to bookstores for advice on how to manage their own finances, as well as books that offer sweeping views of the larger economy and the forces that are reshaping it.

Below are the top-five selling books for the week ended Oct. 18 at Barnes & Noble Inc., the country’s largest book retailer as measured by revenue.

1. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. A look at what happened during that other crisis.

2. The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles D. Ellis. An inside look at the famed investment-banking firm.

3. Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips. Mr. Phillips documents the unraveling of the U.S. economy.

4. The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros. An analysis of the issues behind the crisis and their implications.

5. The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy by David M. Smick. An inside look at what went wrong with the banking system here and abroad.