As part of our Best Books feature, we asked Triple Crisis bloggers and readers to send us their suggestions on the best books for summer reading. We received great suggestions, and while not all books listed here are strictly economics books, they are all great reads on finance, development, and the environment.

Leave your additional suggestions in comments below!

From bloggers:

Kevin P. Gallagher: “The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck has to be the best book on economics for August!  It’s all there, real live stories of a nation in depression, with overhanging political economy and economics: think ‘reserve army’ when Holden is in those long lines looking for farm work….”

Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America by Jeff Madrick
Scarcity in Frontiers: How Economies Have Developed Through Natural Resource Exploitation by Edward Barbier
Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer
1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles Mann
Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective by Ha-Joon Chang

From Readers:

The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrick
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Banerjee and Duflo
23 Things They Didn’t Tell you About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Kristoff and WuDunn
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman

The Triple Crisis Blog has given its regular bloggers a week off, but not before asking them for some recommendations on some of the best books of the last decade on finance, development, and the environment. Today we bring you our bloggers’ favorite classic works for the last post in the series. Please comment and suggest your own favorites.

Herman Daly. The Steady State Economy.
Peter Evans. Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation.
John Kenneth Galbraith. The Affluent Society.
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. The Entropy Law and the Economic Process.
Albert Hirschman. The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph.
Albert Hirschman. The Strategy of Economic Development.
John Maynard Keynes. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, Money.
Charles Kindleberger. Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises.
Hyman Minsky. Stabilizing an Unstable Economy.
Karl Polanyi. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Times.
Charles Tilly. Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990-1990.

Continuing our Best Books series, here are our bloggers’ picks for the best environment books of the last decade. Read the full entry to see why they chose their picks. Please comment and suggest your own favorites.

1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles Mann
Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration, edited by James K. Boyce, Sunita Narain, and Elizabeth Stanton

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Continuing our Best Books series, here are our bloggers’ picks for the best books of the last decade on development. Read the full entry to see why they chose their picks. Please comment and suggest your own favorites.

One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth by Dani Rodrik
Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective by Ha-Joon Chang
23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development by Ananya Roy
Why Microfinance Doesn’t Work: The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism by Milford Bateman
One hundred years of Socialism: The West European Left in the Twentieth Century by Donald Sassoon

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The Triple Crisis Blog has given its regular bloggers a week off, but not before asking them for some recommendations on some of the best books of the last decade on finance, development, and the environment. Here are some on the financial crisis. Read the full entry to see why they chose their picks. Please comment and suggest your own favorites.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us by John Quiggin
Capital Market Liberalization and Development by Jose Antonio Ocampo and Joseph Stiglitz
States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s by Eric Helleiner
Capital Rules: The Construction of Global Finance by Rawi Abdelal
Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash by Charles Morris
Free Fall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy by Joseph Stiglitz
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy by Dean Baker

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