A number of years ago I read The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly and it blew my mind. It’s a book that has changed the way I look at the world of business, and reinforced the concept that in systems there are rarely unintended consequences–the rules are there to bring about outcomes desired by the people making the rules. I find I recommend this book almost as often as Master and Margarita and Crying of Lot 49 but for very different reasons. If you read The Divine Right of Capital, you won’t see the economy and our financial system the same ever again.
Gideon Rosenblatt is currently breaking it down chapter-by-chapter. I recommend reading his digests and then getting your hands on this fascinating book.