On the money
Two new books and one new in paperback take a hard look at current economic problems and creative solutions.
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Holt) by Bill McKibben questions the wisdom of unlimited growth and considers the benefits of scaling back, personally and as a society.
The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash (Public Affairs) by Charles R. Morris warns that the subprime mortgage crisis is just the first blow from the collapse of a reckless financial climate.
Up to Our Eyeballs: How Shady Lenders and Failed Economic Policies Are Drowning Americans in Debt (New Press) by Jose Garcia, James Lardner and Cindy Zeldin is a close analysis of the economic and political forces that have landed many Americans in more debt than they can handle.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor