The following books have inspired our thinking for the Four Horsemen film and our accompanying book, The Survival Manual.
Barnes, Peter. Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons. Berrett Koehler, 2006.
Braund, Mark. The Possibility of Progress. Shepheard-Walwyn, 2005. Chang, Ha-Joon. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism . Penguin, 2011.
Chang, Ha-Joon. Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity. Random House, 2008.
Chomsky, Noam / Herman, Edward S. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Vintage, 1995.
Daly, Herman. Steady State Economics. Island Press, 1991.
El Diwany, Tarek. The Problem with Interest. Kreatoc, 2003.
Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search For Meaning. Rider, 2004.
Fromm, Erich. To Have or To Be. Continuum, 2005. Fromm, Erich. The Sane Society. Routledge, 2001.
Gaffney, Mason / Harrison, Fred. The Corruption of Economics. Shepheard-Walwyn, 2006.
Galbraith, John K. The Culture of Contentment. Penguin, 1992.
George, Henry. Progress and Poverty. Shepheard-Walwyn, 1995.
Glubb, Sir John. The Fate of Empires. Blackwood, 1978. Graeber, David. Debt: The first 5,000 years. Melville House, 2011.
Haque, Umair. Betterness: Economics for Humans. Harvard Business Review Press, 2011.
Haque, Umair. The New Capitalist Manifesto. Harvard Business Review Press, 2011.
Harding, Stephan. Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia. Green Books, 2009
Hodgkinson, Brian. A New Model of the Economy. Shepheard-Walwyn, 2008.
Hudson, Michael W. The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America -and Spawned a Global Crisis . Times Books, 2010.
James, Oliver. Affluenza. Vermillion, 2007. Johnson, Simon / Kwak, James. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. Pantheon, 2010.
Judt, Tony. Ill Fares the Land. Allen Lane, 2010.
Kasser, Tim. The High Price of Materialism. MIT Press, 2002.
Kay, John. Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly. Profile Books, 2011.
Keen, Steve. Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? Zed Books, 2011.
Keynes, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. Palgrave Macmillan, 1936.
Lanchester, John. Whoops! Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay. Penguin, 2010.
Meyer, Aubrey. Contraction and Convergence. Green Books, 2000. Niebuhr, Reinhold. Moral Man and Immoral Society. Continuum, 2005.
Perkins, John. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: The shocking story of how America really took over the world. Ebury Press, 2006.
Pettifor, Ann. The Coming First World Debt Crisis . Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press, 2002.
Reiss, Michael. What went wrong with economics: The Flawed Assumptions that led Economists Astray. Goldhurst Press, 2011.
Reeves, Donald. The Memoirs of a Very Dangerous Man. Continuum, 2009.
Robertson, James: Future Money: Breakdown or Breakthrough . Green Books, 2012.
Robertson, James / Huber, Joseph. Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age. New Economics Foundation, 2001.
Robertson, James / Bunzl, John. Monetary Reform: Making it happen. International Simultaneous Policy Organisation, 2004.
Ross, Carne. The Leaderless Revolution. Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Rowbotham, Michael. The Grip of Death. A Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics. Jon Carpenter, 1998.
Ryan-Collins, Josh / Greenham, Tony / Werner, Richard / Jackson, Andrew. Where Does Money Come From – A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System. New Economics Foundation, 2011.
Sagan, Eli. At the Dawn of Tyranny: The Origins of Individualism, Political Oppression, and the State. Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
Schlefer, Jonathan. Assumptions economists make. Harvard University Press, 2012.
Schumacher, E. F. Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. Abacus, 1991.
Shakespeare, Rodney / Challen, Peter. Seven Steps to Justice. New European Publications, 2002.
Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations, Books I to III. Penguin Classics, 1982.
Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations, Books IV and V. Penguin Classics, 1999.
Stewart, John. Evolution’s Arrow: The Direction of Evolution and the Future of Humanity. The Chapman Press, 2004.
Tett, Gillian. Fool’s Gold: How unrestrained greed corrupted a dream, shattered global markets and unleashed a catastrophe. Abacus, 2010.
Veblen, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Wilkinson, Richard & Pickett, Kate: The Sprit Level -Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Penguin, 2010.
Please share any other good reading suggestions in the comments.
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