Reading about the Financial Crisis: A Twenty-One-Book Review

  title={Reading about the Financial Crisis: A Twenty-One-Book Review},
  author={Andrew W. Lo},
  journal={Journal of Economic Literature},
  • A. Lo
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Economics
  • Journal of Economic Literature
The recent financial crisis has generated many distinct perspectives from various quarters. In this article, I review a diverse set of twenty-one books on the crisis, eleven written by academics, and ten written by journalists and one former Treasury Secretary. No single narrative emerges from this broad and often contradictory collection of interpretations, but the sheer variety of conclusions is informative, and underscores the desperate need for the economics profession to establish a single… 

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