15) The Big Short
A national best-selling author whose subjects range from sports to economics, Michael Lewis has been hailed as a master storyteller by the New York Times. Here he examines the American economic collapse of the early 21st century, profiling very few heroes, numerous villains and several people who just should have known better. Lewis offers a biting rebuke to this motley band of financial " experts" with keen research and a sharp pen.
When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.
What changes? He takes up...