Crisis reading: What’s in the book bag?
Readers of MacroScope who live in the northern hemisphere will be gearing up for some summer reading.
James Montier, the market psychologist who is also an equity analyst at Societe Generale, has come up with his annual recomendations of what to read. The full list is here, but for the current economic and market crisis he has this to offer:
My favourite book in this category is Bill Fleckenstein’s ‘Greenspan’s Bubbles’ — an excellent exposé of incompetence during Alan Greenspan’s tenure as Fed Chairman. The next choice in this group is Whitney Tilson and Glen Tongue’s ‘More Mortgage Meltdown’. This book explains clearly how we ended up in this mess (and is based on the authors — real time experience), and an added bonus is the insight into Tilson’s investment process provided by the case studies. My final choice in this section is Jim Grant’s ‘Mr. Market Miscalculates’. I’ve mentioned this excellent book before, and I believe it deserves a place on all investors’ bookshelves.
Montier got MacroScope thinking. There must be many more crisis books, or related ones, that are worthy of a read as the summer rolls in. How about John Kenneth Galbraith’s ‘The Great Crash, 1929′ or Tom Wolfe’s ‘Bonfire of the Vanities‘, which still has one of the best descriptions ever of how bond traders make money.
So let’s have your suggestions. What should you read to mark the crisis?