From the Washington Post:
We asked a number of smart people — inside and outside economics and finance — to scan their bookshelves for answers. Though there is no single book that can sum up and explain the current conditions, we asked each of our contributors for one book they would recommend to their neighbor, their daughter, their aunt, their barber, priest, rabbi or best friend to help them gain some perspective on these volatile times.
We imposed only one rule: You cannot recommend a book you wrote or edited. After that, no rules. It could be a macro-economics text, a popular history or a novel.