There seems to be an endless supply of firm opinions on why the economy collapsed in 2008. Conservatives blame lending to poor people, and liberals claim it was a lack of federal regulation. I tend to lean towards the latter column, but rather than taking my word for it, here are a list of good books that analyze precisely how things went south those long years ago. They may not aid us in preventing a future hit, but at least the effort is commendable.
In Bed with Wall Street: How Bankers, Regulators and Politicians Conspire to Cripple Our Global Economy
The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the World Economy (Economic Controversies)
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History