Rarely have I read a book which made me think about a subject I thought I had a pretty good understanding of completely different. And if that is not enough it's probably one of the few books which doesn't have a moral/ethical agenda but merely seeks to inform about how the crisis happened (and what money really is)
For me it's one now on my list of books about important fundamentals in this world.
The book starts with a long history of why we have money at all, why it takes the forms it takes, and how banks evolved into their current role. It then goes on to describe why there is so much inherent risk in our banking system and what we could do to reduce or eliminate it.
As someone who follows financial news but has no formal education in finance, I found the book enlightening and extremely readable.
 - https://www.amazon.com/End-Alchemy-Banking-Future-Economy/dp...
Fresh book recommendations delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday.