Fukuyama’s financial crisis reading list

In this in-depth interview from The Browser, Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History, discusses five recent books that he feels offer a comprehensive look at the roots of the global financial crisis of 2008 and beyond, as well as the ways we’ve responded since then.  At the same time, this dialogue itself offers a solid ten minute overview that’s well worth the time it takes to read.

The five books which serve as jumping off points for the conversation are This Time it’s Different, The Big Short, Fault Lines, 13 Bankers, and the report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.   Some of the many themes explored here include the American proclivity to address income disparity through expanding access to credit, the enduring focus on social responsibility in Japanese business, and the ways that the smaller Asian and South American financial meltdowns of the past twenty years have more in common with the recent American and European experience than is generally recognized.

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