Death of Osama bin Laden (2011)

A summer reading list, personal finance edition

It's a tough sell to recommend financial books as summer reading, but the following will not feel at all like required reading. I have interviewed these authors on my podcast, "Better Off," so feel free to listen for a preview.

The Good, the bad and the ugly Wall Street

--"Why Wall Street Matters" by William Cohan (Random House). The author is not one to shy away from confronting the excesses of the lords of finance. In his previous book, "House of Cards," he detailed the demise of Bear Stearns and how it led to the financial crisis of 2008. But in "Why Wall Street Matters," Cohan provides a...