It is the time of year when many publications and blogs list what they consider to have been the best books of the year. I am giving a new twist to this old practice by limiting consideration to books on money and banking that contributors to this blog wrote, edited, or had chapters in. Surely you have many friends and relatives who would be happy to receive them as gifts. My wife and children have just loved the similar books I have given to them in years past.
The envelope, please—sorry, wrong event. Anyway, here goes:
Vern P. McKinley, Financing Failure: A Century of Bailouts—The history of U.S. bailouts and proposals for avoiding the mistakes they have made.
Lawrence H. White, The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years—The tumultuous 20th century.
David Beckworth, editor, Boom and Bust Banking: The Causes and Cures of the Great Recession—Includes chapters by Larry White and George Selgin.
Alex Chafuen and Judy Shelton, editors, Roads to Sound Money—Contains chapters by Jerry O’Driscoll, George Selgin, and Larry White.
Kurt Schuler and Andrew Rosenberg, The Bretton Woods Transcripts—Previously unpublished verbatim records of meetings at the historic 1944 conference that established the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
I have linked to the publishers’ Web sites, but all these books except Roads to Sound Money are also available on Amazon.
Because my work on The Bretton Woods Transcripts took so long, I failed to get beyond thinking of a title for my entry into the highly profitable erotica genre: Fifty Shades of Stimulus. The plot, such as it is, will have to come later.
If other contributors or frequent posters have had books published in 2012 on money and banking, please list them in the comments and I will insert an addendum to the post. I would also like to hear from anybody what books you read on money and banking published in 2012 that you found worthwhile. (Sorry, if it was published before this year but you only just got around to reading it, it doesn't count.)