Follow the global economy across the last seventy years.
The commanding Heights
Daniel Yergin captures what happened during the last great capitalist push in the 1980s to open markets around the world. This is a tour de force presentation that is difficult to put down.
Freefall: America, Free Markets, And The Sinking of The World Economy
Joseph E. Stiglitz, captures what happened as a result of that big push to open markets around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
A Splendid Exchange
A fantastic read. This book provides the historical background of global markets that are discussed
in the other books on this page.
It's the story of the world's wealthiest country during it's most explosive economic expansion.
The Roaring Nineties
The Nineties surpassed the 1950s in economic wealth, but the story is different and the money isn't as youthful or as joyful.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Professional insight into how devious some of the capitalist system became in the 1960s and 70s. Some call this book a fantasy, but as far as I can tell, he's telling a real story - and precautionary tale.
The Secret History of the American Empire
More tales of economic skullduggery, picking up where the Economic Hit Man left off.
Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960s
William L. O'Neill's masterly chronicle of the twentieth century's most confounding decade is an immensely readable book that combines wit with learning and seriousness with entertainment. Its emphasis is inevitably on politics, but it offers a brilliant yet balanced portrayal of the New Left, the counterculture, the civil rights movement, the plunge into Vietnam, the crisis in the universities, and the freakier aspects of the popular culture.
The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality
The 1970s looks at an iconic decade when the cultural left and economic right came to the fore in American society and the world at large. While many have seen the 1970s as simply a period of failures epitomized by Watergate, inflation, the oil crisis, global unrest, and disillusionment with military efforts in Vietnam, Thomas Borstelmann creates a new framework for understanding the period and its legacy.
The 1980s (American Popular Culture Through History)
The eighties are seen by many as a time of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, metal heads to valley girls, and workout clothes to shoulder pads, many pushed the boundaries of what was was conventional. After a decade of war, disillusionment of the government, advances in civil rights, and disco, Americans became status seekers and shopaholics and the Me generation was born.
Knowledge And The Wealth Of Nations: A Story Of Economic Discovery
A stimulating and inviting tour of modern economics centered on the story of one of its most important breakthroughs. In 1980, the twenty-four-year-old graduate student Paul Romer tackled one of the oldest puzzles in economics. Eight years later he solved it. This book tells the story of what has come to be called the new growth theory: the paradox identified by Adam Smith more than two hundred years earlier.
Banker To The Poor: Micro-lending and the battle against world poverty
Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent.
Well, these books should be entertaining reading for you. Hope you have fun. There is no micro or macro economic theory here and no Marxism... this material is what you have to enjoy playing with so the "dismal science's" curves and theory become worth pursuing. I've selected books I love and which, if read together, offer a vision of how "capitalism" has played out in global society over the last seventy years. As far as the theory of capitalism... well you should get a pretty good idea how the system works and you can read about theory later; it's not as much fun reading - and is only worth pursuing once you've got a context to place it in. You should get that context from these reads.