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Business & Economics Department Halloween Tricks & Treats

Business & Economics Department, Central Library,

Santa Anas blow chill and autumn days of mellow fruitfulness are at an end. The Harvest Moon has risen and set. The day shortens, the shadows lengthen; Halloween creeps into the Business & Economics Department.


Budget scares, Fiscal cliffs, Shutdowns, Default bankruptcy, economic apocalypse keep the times interesting and set the mood for a scary Halloween.


From the pictures above and below, you can see that we have created an appropriately sinister atmosphere with seasonal decorations for all to enjoy. Our creative staff members have done their usual great job and Washington has done its best to get everyone in the right trick or treat mood. 



Now that the candy is digested and the costumes are put away - let's look at some real horror stories! Since the Congress has given up the ghost on the fiscal fight and fears of falling through the debt ceiling have dissolved like malevolent spirits at dawn, here are some reading suggestions to keep you in the Halloween mood.


Zombie economics : how dead still walk among us  - by John Quiggin


Zombie banks : how broken banks and debtor nations are crippling the global economy  -by Yalman Onaran


The trillion-dollar conspiracy : how the new world order, man-made diseases, and zombie banks are destroying America  - by Jim Marrs


Griftopia : bubble machines, vampire squids, and the long con that is breaking America  -by Matt Taibbi


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man  - by John Perkins


The Shock doctrine : the rise of disaster capitalism  - by Naomi Klein


The Creature from Jekyll Island : a second look at the Federal Reserve  - by Edward G. Griffin


Web of debt : the shocking truth about our money system and how we can break free  - by Ellen Hodgson Brown


Bad Samaritans : the myth of free trade and the secret history of capitalism  - by Ha-Joon Chang


Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything  - by Steven D. Levitt


13 Bankers : the Wall Street takeover and the next financial meltdown  - by Simon Johnson

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