I just started reading Andrew Ross Sorkin’s highly acclaimed history of the recent financial meltdown. I am only three chapters in, but I can already recommend the book to all. This book is not written in a highly technical style. Instead, Sorkin discusses complex financial instruments and concepts with ease in a highly accessible manner. Additionally, Sorkin weaves a captivating narrative of events together with brilliant and illuminating character studies of the main players in Washington and on Wall Street.
If you are looking for a last minute gift, or just something to read over the holidays, you could do much worse.