Money Madness

Confused about how the U.S. unemployment rate is getting better but the S&P just downgraded the U.S. credit rating? Wondering what politics has to do with the global economy? Wish you better understood the stock markets and the safest place to put your well-earned money? We hear ya! Here are some book suggestions that should help you through this mad money time. We also welcome your suggestions for great financial books in the comments below…

Written for the inquisitive layman who doesn’t want to plow through academic jargon and Greek letters or pore over charts and tables, The Little Book of Economics offers indispensable insight into how the American economy works – or, doesn’t.


The new edition of this fascinating book reveals the answers to tantalizing questions about society, culture, and the world economy. Brief, highly readable vignettes bring to life international trade and its actors–including migrants and merchants, pirates and privateers, sailors and slaves.



Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people while juggling her own complex family responsibilities. Perkins’s ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare and legislation in the nation’s history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week.
Standard and Poor’s Guide to Money and Investing
A personal finance guide from the authors/creators of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing. First in a new series based on information from Standard & Poor’s–the leading financial information organization–Standard & Poor’s Guide to Money & Investing demystifies the world of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures, and options, empowering you to make informed investment decisions, measure your performance, and evaluate the risks and rewards.


Standard and Poor’s Guide to Selecting Stocks
The analysis and exclusive data that help Standard & Poor’s professionals find hot stocks–now available to you.


If you’re stressed out by money and have no idea what to do, this is your playbook: the all-new edition of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life, completely rewritten to address the recession.

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