Reading Your Way Through (and Perhaps Out of) Tough Financial Times

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Who doesn’t love a good page-turner about economic meltdowns?

CNNMoney reviews three big new books that try to make sense of the recession—all recessions, really, along with depressions, capitalism, the housing market collapse, Wall Street, and so on.

A Chicago Tribune columnist, meanwhile, offers her picks of finance books that make good holiday gifts. Many of the books are old, so you can probably pick up used copies—or just borrow from the library.