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Economics eBooks

Folkscanomy Economics eBooks Collection

Folkscanomy
Internet Archive

Collection of 400+ modern books, booklets, documents, and papers related to Economics, at the Internet Archive. Many of these address recent public issues, especially in the UK. Examples: ‘A Land Value Tax for Scotland’, ‘A Green New Deal’, ‘Community Currency: New Money for healthy Communities’, ‘Toolkit for Community Land Trusts, ‘Business Plan for a new UK’, ‘Ecology of Money’, ‘Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives’, ‘Economics of Climate Change’, ‘The Biosphere Economy’, ‘Democratising the Wealth of Nations’, ‘Creating New Money: A monetary reform for the Information Age’, ‘Where does Money come from?’, The Origins of Ecological Economics’.

Capitalism Books – Collection

About 800 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Capitalism. Some books: The Future of Capitalism, Cowboy Capitalism: European myths, American reality, Protesting Capitalism, Theories of Regulated Capitalism, Modern Capitalism: its origin and evolution, Compassionate Capitalism: people helping people help themselves, All You Can Eat: greed, lust and the new capitalism, Fascism and Big Business, Apostles of Greed, Free Enterprise in America, Views on Capitalism, many more.

Capitalism in American History Books – Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Capitalism in American History. Some books: History of American Business, The Decline of American Capitalism, The Coming of Managerial Capitalism, Politics and the American Economy, The Entrepreneurial Adventure, A History of Failure in America, The U.S. as a Developing Country, Visionary Capitalism, Capitalism: the unknown ideal, The Great Deformation, The Genius of the Beast, The Soul of Capitalism, How Capitalistic is the Constitution, many more.

Marxian Economics eBooks – Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Marxian Economics. Some books: Formation of the Thought of Karl Marx, The Poverty of Philosophy, Marx and Modern Economics, Marxist Economic Theory, The Economic Theory of the Leisure Class, Four Lectures on Marxism, The Economic System of Socialism, Lenin’s Economic Writings, Theories of Imperialism, many more.

Microeconomics eBooks – Collection

More than 350 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Microeconomics”. Some books: Principles of Microeconomics, Microeconomics: Canada in the global environment, Microeconomics Study Guide, Readings in Price Theory, Modern Microeconomic Theory, Economics and Social Choice, Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis, Prices, Markets and Welfare, many more.

Economic Forecasting Books – Collection

Almost 400 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Economic Forecasting. Some books: Understanding economic forecasts, Taking Control in a Turbulent Financial Age, Shakedown: how the new economy is changing our lives, How You can Prosper in a Shattered Economy, The World in 2050, Business Fluctuations, Japanese Economic Crisis, Global Paradox, Three Billion New Capitalists, Economic Trend Analysis for Executives and Investors, Irrational Economist, many more.

Globalization eBooks – Collection

More than 650 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Globalization”. Some books: Developing Nations, Globalization, Business without Borders, Travels through the Dark Heart of Globalization, The Elephant and the Dragon: the rise of India and China, The World Economy, World Regions in Global Context, A Brief History of Globalization, The Unmaking of the American Empire, How Soccer Explains the World, many more.

International Trade eBooks – Collection

About 350 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of International Trade. Some books: Essential Dictionary of International Trade, The Big Emerging Markets, International Business, Basics of Foreign Trade and Exchange, Contesting Global Governance, Regional Trade Arrangements, WTO as a Conceptual Framework for Globalization, The Technology Factor in International Trade, Short Course in International Economics, many more.

Economic History eBooks – Collection

About 2,600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Economic History”. Some books: The Worldly Philosophers, The Indian Economy, The Industrial Revolution in the Middle Ages, Emergence of Modern Turkey, Clashing Views on African Issues, A Theory of Economic History, Why Nations Fail, The End of Work, Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, The Ascent of Money, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, The World in Depression 1929-1939, many more.

United States – Economic Policy eBooks – Collection

About 500 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of United States – Economic Policy. Some books: National Economic Policy: Essays, The Governmental Habit: economic controls from Colonial times to the Present, Political Economy, Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines, U.S. Fiscal Policy 1945-1959, Economic Policy in the Reagan Years, The New Populism, Making Monetary and Fiscal Policy, The End of Laissez-Faire, [USG Annual Budgets for several years], Taxation and the Economy, many more.

Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place

Abrams, John
Chelsea Green 2008 Dewey Dec. 338.7

In this update edition, John Abrams further develops his idea that companies flourish when they become centers of interdependence, or “communities of enterprise.” Companies We Keep celebrates the idea that when employees share in the rewards as well as the responsibility for the decisions they make, better decisions result. Companies We Keep is structured around eight principles—from “Sharing Ownership” and “Cultivating Workplace Democracy” to “Thinking Like Cathedral Builders” and “Committing to the Business of Place”—that Abrams has discovered in the 32 years since he co-founded South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Together, these principles reveal communities of enterprise as a potent force of change that can—and will— improve the way Americans do business.

America Beyond Capitalism

Alperovitz, Gar
Wiley 2005 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Gar Alperovitz’s expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society. Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States. All democratize wealth and empower communities, not corporations: worker-ownership, cooperatives, community land trusts, social enterprises, along with many supporting municipal, state and longer term federal strategies as well. America Beyond Capitalism is a call to arms, an eminently practical roadmap for laying foundations to change a faltering system that increasingly fails to sustain the great American values of equality, liberty and meaningful democracy.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Appleby, Joyce
Perennial Norton 2010 Dewey Dec. 973.91

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system seems universal and timeless. The framework for our lives, it is a source of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic, out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism was an unlikely development when it emerged from isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing in early-modern England.
Approaching capitalism as a culture, as a historical development that was by no means natural or inevitable, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to its present global reach.

Principles of Economics

Case, Karl E. and Fair, Ray C.
Prentice Hall 2002 Dewey Dec. 330

This student-friendly text takes a hands-on approach to economic theory, issues and politics using a lively writing style which engages the student with clear explanations, easy to understand graphs and relevant examples.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities

Cassidy, John
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009 Dewey Dec. 381

For fifty years or more, economists have been busy developing elegant theories of how markets work—how they facilitate innovation, wealth creation, and an efficient allocation of society’s resources. But what about when markets don’t work? What about when they lead to stock market bubbles, glaring inequality, polluted rivers, real estate crashes, and credit crunches?
In How Markets Fail, John Cassidy describes the rising influence of what he calls utopian economics—thinking that is blind to how real people act and that denies the many ways an unregulated free market can produce disastrous unintended consequences. He then looks to the leading edge of economic theory, including behavioral economics, to offer a new understanding of the economy—one that casts aside the old assumption that people and firms make decisions purely on the basis of rational self-interest.

Economics

Devine, E.T.,
Macmillan 1898 Dewey Dec. 330

School textbook, adapted also to general reader. Its particular merit is its moderness. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Also see: Bowker,R. R., & Iles, George, ed., Reader’s Guide in Economic, Social and Political Science in Section 016.3 Sociology in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship

The 21st century Economy

Epping, Randy C.
Vintage 2010 Dewey Dec. 330.9

A comprehensive guide to understanding today’s global economy from the author of the bestselling A Beginner’s Guide to the World Economy.
While reporting on today’s world, business and mainstream media alike use terms and mention trends that even the savviest consumer may find baffling. In his latest book, Randy Charles Epping uses compelling narratives and insightful analogies to clearly and concisely explain the rapidly changing way business is done in the twenty-first century, without a single chart or graph.

What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11

Feinberg, Kenneth R.
Public Affairs 2005 Dewey Dec. 362.8

Just eleven days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as the country reeled in shock, Congress created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In its haste, Congress provided very few guidelines as to how the funds should be distributed and set no limit on the size of awards. Instead it gave a single individual nearly unlimited discretion to manage the program. And so, when Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Kenneth Feinberg to administer the fund, he was asking Feinberg to do the impossible: calculate the dollar value of over 5,500 dead and injured in the worst peacetime disaster in U.S. history.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

Friedman, Thomas L.
Anchor 2000 Dewey Dec. 337

The unprecedented integration of finance, markets, nation states and technology is driving change accross the globe at an ever-increasing speed. And while much of the world is intent on building a better Lexus, on streamlining their societies and economies for the global marketplace, many people feel their traditional identities threatened and are reverting to elemental struggles over who owns which olive tree, which strip of land.
The New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman has travelled the globe, interviewing everyone from Brazilian peasants to new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, to Islamic students, to the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, to find out what globalization means for them, and for all of us.

Macroeconomics: Theories and Policies

Froyen, Richard T.
Prentice Hall 2002 Dewey Dec. 330

KEY BENEFIT: This book traces the history of macroeconomics, the evolution of macroeconomic thought, and the resulting theory and policy.
KEY TOPICS: The book places the various macroeconomic theories in the order in which they developed chronologically, and illustrates the similarities and differences of the models. Starting with classical economics and the Keynesian revolution, this book explores the macroeconomic theory after Keynes, open economy macroeconomics, economic policy, and sectoral functions.

Our Land and Land Policy; Speeches, Lectures, and Miscellaneous Writings

George, Henry
Doubleday 1902 Dewey Dec. 330

Initial essay discusses chiefly grants of public lands in California to railway corporations. Single tax essays follow. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
Author Note: Henry George was an American political economist and journalist. He promoted the “single tax” on land, though he avoided that term. His writing was immensely popular in the 19th century America, and sparked several reform movements of the Progressive Era. -Wikipedia

Progress and Poverty…

An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Weath. The Remedy

George, Henry
Doubleday 1915 Dewey Dec. 330

Endeavors to show that principal cause of poverty and wretchedness in midst of wealth and abundance is private ownership of land. Style engaging and often eloquent.
Basis of “single tax” theory.- A.L.A.Catalog 1904

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers

Heilbroner, Robert L.
Touchstone 1999 Dewey Dec. 330.1

The bestselling classic that examines the history of economic thought from Adam Smith to Karl Marx.
The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas—namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

Keynes, John Maynard
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich 1991 Dewey Dec. 330.1

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money transformed economics and changed the face of modern macroeconomics. Keynes’ argument is based on the idea that the level of employment is not determined by the price of labour, but by the spending of money. It gave way to an entirely new approach where employment, inflation and the market economy are concerned.
Highly provocative at its time of publication, this book and Keynes’ theories continue to remain the subject of much support and praise, criticism and debate.

Freakonomics

Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J.
William Morrow 2005 Dewey Dec. 330

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How much do parents really matter?
These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life–from cheating and crime to parenting and sports–and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Reinventing the Bazaar

McMillan, John
Norton 2002 Dewey Dec. 330.1

From the wild swings of the stock market to the online auctions of eBay to the unexpected twists of the world’s post-Communist economies, markets have suddenly become quite visible. We now have occasion to ask, “What makes these institutions work? How important are they? How can we improve them?”
Taking us on a lively tour of a world we once took for granted, John McMillan offers examples ranging from a camel trading fair in India to the $20 million per day Aalsmeer flower market in the Netherlands to the global trade in AIDS drugs. Eschewing ideology, he shows us that markets are neither magical nor immoral. Rather, they are powerful if imperfect tools, the best we’ve found for improving our living standards.

Selected Articles on Free Trade and Protection

Morgan, Joy E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1912 Dewey Dec. 382.7

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Principles of Macroeconomics 2e

OpenStax
OpenStax

“Covers the scope and sequence of most introductory economics courses.” -Website

Principles of Microeconomics 2e

OpenStax
OpenStax

“Covers the scope and sequence of most introductory microeconomics courses.” -Website

The Economists

Silk, Leonard
Avon 1978 Dewey Dec. 330.1

Introduces the lives and principal ideas of five leading economists living today Paul Anthony Samuelson, Milton Friedman, John Kenneth Galbraith, Wassily Leontief and Kenneth E. Boulding.
Contents: Paul Anthony Samuelson : Enfant terrible emeritus — Milton Friedman : prophet of the old-time religion — John Kenneth Galbraith : socialism without tears — Wassily Leontief : apostle of planning — Kenneth E. Boulding : the economics of peace and love — E pluribus unum.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

– Volume 2

Smith, Adam
Macmillan 1776 Dewey Dec. 330

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith.

Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy

Sowell, Thomas
Basic 2000 Dewey Dec. 330

Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions.

Globalization and its Discontents

Stiglitz, Joseph E.
Norton 2002 Dewey Dec. 337

Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank. Particularly concerned with the plight of the developing nations, he became increasingly disillusioned as he saw the International Monetary Fund and other major institutions put the interests of Wall Street and the financial community ahead of the poorer nations. Those seeking to understand why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will find the reasons here.

Recent Economic Changes, and their Effect on the Production and Distribution of Wealth and the Well-Being of Society

Wells, David Ames
Appleton 1889 Dewey Dec. 330

Graphic recital of effects of modern invention and enterprise; traces present tendencies in trade and finance to their origin, and suggests probable future course. A storehouse of admirably digested fact. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Naked Economics

Wheelan, Charles
Norton 2002 Dewey Dec. 330

Naked Economics makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask. For all the discussion of Alan Greenspan in the media, does anyone know what the Fed actually does? And what about those blackouts in California? Were they a conspiracy on the part of the power companies? Economics is life. There’s no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan’s breezy tour, there’s no reason to fear this highly relevant subject.

Industrial Evolution of the United States

Wright, C. D.
Scribner 1902 Dewey Dec. 330

Concisely sketches development of mechanical industries, growth of factory system, labor movement and influence of machinery. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Also see: Allen, Frederick James, A Guide to the Study of Occupations. A Selected Critical Bibliography of the Common Occupations with Specific References for their Study in Section 016.3 Sociology in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship

Labor, Industrial history, Factory system


Finance & Accounting eBooks

Accounting (General) eBooks – Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Accounting (General). Some books: Recordkeeping: the total concept, College Accounting, Fundamental Accounting Principles, Accounting for Non-Accountants, Accounting Best Practices, Financial Accounting in an Economic Context, I Have QuickBooks: Now What?, Accounting For Dummies, The CPA Exam, History of Accounting, The Price Waterhouse Personal Tax Advisor, Taxes for Dummies, many more.

Principles of Accounting Volume 1: Financial Accounting

Principles of Accounting Volume 2: Managerial Accounting

Graybeal, Patty and others
OpenStax 2019

“Principles of Accounting is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of a two-semester accounting course that covers the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in two volumes. This book is specifically designed to appeal to both accounting and non-accounting majors, exposing students to the core concepts of accounting in familiar ways to build a strong foundation that can be applied across business fields.” -Open Textbook Library Website

Accounting Principles: A Business Perspective

Hermanson, Roger H. and others
Bccampus 2011

“Uses annual reports of real companies to illustrate many of the accounting concepts in use in business today. Gaining an understanding of accounting terminology and concepts, however, is not enough to ensure your success. You also need to be able to find information on the Internet, analyze various business situations, work effectively as a member of a team, and communicate your ideas clearly. This text was developed to help you develop these skills.” – Open Textbook Library Website

Banks and Banking eBooks – Collection

About 800 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Banks and Banking. Some books: Banking, Islamic Banking, International Banking, Money Banking and Central Banking, Banking and Finance Terminology, The Banking Crisis, Opportunities in Banking Careers, Foreign Banking Systems, Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, The Banking System of Canada, The Art of Central Banking, many more.

Monetary Policy Books – Collection

About 500 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Monetary Policy. Some books: Roads to Sound Money, Monetary Management, Dollars and Deficits, Monetary Economics: controversies in theory and policy, Monetary Policy in Developed Economies, Inside the Money Market, Federal Reserve Monetary Policy 1917-1933, The Federal Reserve on Record, Modern Monetary Theory, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, The National Debt, many more.

International Finance eBooks – Collection

More than 500 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of International Finance. Some books: Countdown to Depression, Financing World Trade, Why the Rich Nations Get Richer and the Poor Stay Poor, International Finance, Innovation and Technology in the Markets, Fixing Global Finance, The International Monetary Mechanism, Perspectives on International Financial Liberalization, many more.

International Monetary Fund Books – Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of International Monetary Fund. Some books: Government Finance Statistics Yearbook, The IMF and its Critics, The IMF and the Private Markets, Financial Organization and Operations of the IMF, The Lending Policies of the IMF, IMF Programmes in Developing Countries, And the Money Kept Rolling In, The Poverty Brokers, many more.

Financial Crises Books – Collection

More than 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Financial Crises. Some books: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation, The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century, The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy, Too Big to Fail, The Asian Currency Crisis, Bailout, The End of Wall Street, Economic Disasters of the 20th Century, The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street, Taiwan and its Neighbors and the Asian Financial Crisis, many more.

Selected Articles on Single Tax

Bullock, Edna D., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 336.2

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System

Gasparino, Charles
Wiley 2009 Dewey Dec. 332

From critically acclaimed investigative journalist and CNBC personality Charles Gasparino comes a sweeping examination of the most volatile, anxiety-ridden era in our nation’s socioeconomic history. The winner of the 2009 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Books, The Sellout traces the recent implosion of the financial services business back to its roots in the late 1970s, when Wall Street embraced a new business model predicated on enormous risk. Gasparino reveals a startling trail of culpability—from the government bureaucrats who crafted housing policies to the Wall Street firms that underwrote and invested in risky debt, to the mortgage sellers who indiscriminately handed out loans, and finally to the homeowners who thought they could afford mansions on blue-collar wages.

The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America – and Spawned a Global Crisis

Hudson, Michael W.
Times 2010 Dewey Dec. 332.6

In this stunning narrative, award-winning reporter Michael W. Hudson reveals the story of the rise and fall of the subprime mortgage business by chronicling the rise and fall of two corporate empires: Ameriquest and Lehman Brothers. As the biggest subprime lender and Wall Street’s biggest patron of subprime, Ameriquest and Lehman did more than any other institutions to create the feeding frenzy that emboldened mortgage pros to flood the nation with high-risk, high-profit home loans.

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

Johnson, Simon and Kwak, James
Pantheon 2010 Dewey Dec. 332.1

Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks–Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley–which together control assets amounting, astonishingly, to more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically “too big to fail”) continue to hold the global economy hostage, threatening yet another financial meltdown with their excessive risk-taking and toxic “business as usual” practices. How did this come to be–and what is to be done? These are the central concerns of 13 Bankers, a brilliant, historically informed account of our troubled political economy.

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence

Parks, Tim
Norton 2005 Dewey Dec. 332.1

Their name is a byword for immense wealth and power, but before their renown as art patrons and noblemen, the Medici built their fortune on banking-specifically, on lending money at interest. In this brisk and witty narrative, Tim Parks uncovers the intrigues, dodges, and moral qualities that gave the Medici their edge. Vividly evoking the richness of the Florentine Renaissance and the Medici’s glittering circle, replete with artists, popes, and kings, Medici Money is a brilliant look into the origins of modern banking and its troubled relationship with art and religion.

On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System

Paulson, Henry M.
Business Plus 2010 Dewey Dec. 330.9

Author Hank Paulson was Secretary of the Treasury during the world’s most cataclysmic financial crisis since the Great Depression. Major institutions including Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, and Citigroup, among others – all steeped in rich, longstanding tradition – literally teetered at the edge of collapse. Panic ensnared international markets. Worst of all, the credit crisis spread to all parts of the U.S. economy and grew more ominous with each passing day.
From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, ON THE BRINK is Paulson’s fast-paced retelling of the key decisions that had to be made with lightning speed. Paulson puts the reader in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players-including the CEOs of top Wall Street firms as well as Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Sheila Bair, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and then-President George W. Bush.

Selected Articles on the Income Tax, with Special Reference to Graduation and Exemption

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1909 Dewey Dec. 336.2

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Selected Articles on a Central Bank of the United States

Robbins, E. Clyde, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1910 Dewey Dec. 332.1

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic

Wessell, David
Crown Business 2009 Dewey Dec. 332.1

“Whatever it takes”. That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s vow as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression. Under his leadership the Fed spearheaded the biggest government intervention in more than half a century and effectively became the fourth branch of government, with no direct accountability to the nation’s voters. In this penetrating look inside the most powerful economic institution in the world, David Wessel illuminates its opaque and undemocratic inner workings, while revealing how the Bernanke Fed led the desperate effort to prevent the world’s financial engine from grinding to a halt.

Money and Banking

Wright, Robert E.
Saylor Foundation

” The financial crisis of 2007-8 has already revolutionized institutions, markets, and regulation. Wright’s Money and Banking V 2.0 captures those revolutionary changes and packages them in a way that engages undergraduates enrolled in Money and Banking and Financial Institutions and Markets courses.
Minimal mathematics, accessible language, and a student-oriented tone ease readers into complex subjects like money, interest rates, banking, asymmetric information, financial crises and regulation, monetary policy, monetary theory, and other standard topics. Numerous short cases, called “Stop and Think” boxes, promote internalization over memorization. Exercise drills ensure basic skills competency where appropriate. Short, snappy sections that begin with a framing question enhance readability and encourage assignment completion.” – Open Textbook Library Website


Personal Finance & Investing eBooks

Personal Investing eBooks – Collection

More than 1,300 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Investing”. Some books: Investing Demystified, Personal Investing: the missing manual, Investing Offshore, Mastering Online Investing, Lifespan Investing, Investing and Trading, Green Investing, Ethical Investing, Strategic Investing, Investing in Latin America, Investing for Safety’s Sake, Investing in Securities, many more.

Mutual Funds eBooks – Collection

More than 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Mutual Funds. Some books: Business Week Guide to Mutual Funds, Lifetime Guide to Mutual Funds, Mutual Funds Explained, What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know, Profiting from Mutual Funds, Low-Load Mutual Funds, Morningstar Complete Investor, Guide to Bond and Money Market Mutual Funds, many more.

Investment Analysis eBooks – Collection

More than 300 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Investment Analysis. Some books: Practical Investment Management, Financial Analyst’s Handbook, The Technical Analysis Course, Guide to the Perfect Portfolio, Profit from Market History and Seasonal Trends, Timing the Market, The New Complete Investor, Rational Investing in Irrational Times, The Motley Fool Investment Guide, many more.

Personal Finance eBooks – Collection

More than 13,000 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Personal Finance”. Some books: Personal Finance on Your Computer, Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers, Complete Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers and College Students, The Money Book of Personal Finance, Personal Finance for Overseas Americans, 250 Personal Finance Questions for Your 20s and 30s, Business Owner’s Guide to Personal Finance, many more.

Real Estate Investment eBooks – Collection

More than 450 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Real Estate Investment”. Some books: Rental Property and Taxation: investor’s guide, Real Estate Investor’s Handbook, How to Buy Read Estate: profits and pitfalls, Analyzing Real Estate Opportunities, How to Find and Manage Profitable Properties, How to Reap Riches from Raw Land, Millionaire Real Estate Mentor, many more.

House Selling Books – Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of House Selling. Some books: Packaging Your Home for Profit, Homeseller’s Survival Guide, How to Sell Your Home without a Broker, For Sale by Owner, The Homeseller’s Kit, How to Sell Your Home in 5 Days, Fix it, Stage it, Sell it Quick, The Fearless Home Seller, many more.

Estate Planning eBooks – Collection

About 350 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Estate Planning”. Some books: Smart Guide to Estate Planning, Estate Planning in Six Simple Steps for Canadians, You Can’t Take it With You, Your Will and Estate Planning, Estate Planning for California Residents, Encyclopedia of Estate Planning, Plan Now or Pay Later, Complete Executor’s Guidebook, many more.

The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents

Bradford, Stacey L.
Three Rivers 2009 Dewey Dec. 332.02

A practical approach to affording your kids from cradle to college, with information on how to:
• Safeguard your child’s well-being with wills, trusts, and life insurance
• Best weigh your child-care options and decide whether to go back to work
• Save on taxes with child-friendly tax credits and deductions plus tax-advantaged benefits at work
• Manage your family’s health-care costs
• Save for long-term costs by setting up a college fund
• Spend smart and save money at every stage of your child’s development
• Continue to contribute to your own retirement savings

The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street

Fox, Justin
Collins 2008 Dewey Dec. 332.6

A lively history of ideas, The Myth of the Rational Market, describes with insight and wit the rise and fall of the world’s most influential investing idea: the efficient markets theory. Former Time Magazine economics columnist Justin Fox carries readers from the earliest days of Wall Street to the current financial crisis, debunking the long-held myth that the stock market is always right in the process while intelligently exploring the replacement theory of behavioral economics.

The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor

Hagstrom, Robert G.
Wiley 1994 Dewey Dec. 332.6

The Warren Buffett Way outlines his career and presents examples of how his investment techniques and methods evolved and the important individuals in that process. It also details the key investment decisions that produced his unmatched record of performance.
“Encompasses numerous investments and accomplishments, as well as the timeless and highly successful investment strategies and techniques he has always used to come out a market winner.” -Publisher

The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad

Jason, Julie
Sterling 2009 Dewey Dec. 332.02

This guide offers time-tested, rock-solid retirement advice for people of every income level: in addition to showing those on the verge of retirement how to create their own personal pension, author Julie Jason deftly guides prospective retirees through the otherwise bewildering process of evaluating their needs, anticipating future expenses (and managing current ones), and converting present assets into future retirement income. To achieve this goal, she assembles and shares with the reader an entire tool kit of self-assessments, tables, checklists, and essential questions.

Credit Repair

Leonard, Robin
Nolo 2011

Dewey Dec. 332.7
Credit Repair shows you how to fix your credit situation quickly and easily, explaining the necessary steps in plain English. Learn how to:
avoid overspending
establish a realistic budget
get out of debt now
build a financial cushion
read and understand your credit report
get mistakes on your credit report fixed
protect your social security number
avoid credit discrimination
get positive information added to your credit report
negotiate with creditors

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Best Investment Advice for the New Century

Malkiel, Burton G.
Norton 1999 Dewey Dec. 332.6

Skilled at puncturing financial bubbles and other delusions of the Wall Street crowd, Burton Malkiel shows why a broad portfolio of stocks selected at random will match the performance of one carefully chosen by experts. Taking a shrewd look at the high-tech boom and its aftermath, Malkiel shows how to maximize gains and minimize losses in this era of electronic brokers, virtual gurus, and flashy investment vehicles. Learn how to analyze the potential returns, not only for stocks and bonds, but for the full range of investment opportunities, from money market accounts and real estate investment trusts to insurance, home owning, and tangible assets like gold and collectibles. Decode the rating game for mutual funds, and discover the unique advantages of index mutual funds over the wide range of riskier alternatives.

The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money

Orman, Suze
Riverhead 2008 Dewey Dec. 332.02

Suze Orman gives answers to questions that readers have about:
– Credit cards and the new bankruptcy laws
– FICO scores
– Changes in student financial aid
– Changes in the real estate market and mortgages
– Stocks and bonds
– The latest retirement investment strategies, including the new Roth 401(k)
– Mutual funds and annuities
– Wills and trusts
– Social Security
– Life insurance
– Disability and long-term care insurance
– Identity theft (and what to do if you’re a victim of it)

Stocks for the Long Run: A Guide to Selecting Markets for Long-Term Growth

Siegel, Jeremy J.
Irwin 1995 Dewey Dec. 332.6

Financial expert Jeremy Siegel gives shrewd and practical advice on building wealth through buying stocks in this thorough analysis of the market and the factors that affect it. His guide gives investors essential background on the stock market by explaining the historical returns on stocks and bonds over the past two centuries – and discusses the risk and return profile on financial assets that makes stocks safer and more productive long-term investments.

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need

Tobias, Andrew P.
Harcourt 2005 Dewey Dec. 332.02

Andrew Tobias shows you:
How to spend smarter–and save $1,000 or more
When to invest in stocks, and how
The ins and outs of investing on the Internet
Tax strategies, from tuition to retirement
The basics of life insurance
Who–if anyone–you can trust to manage your money
The inside skinny on annuities, real estate, and Social Security.