Politics: How Does Romney Happen?
This one's pretty self explanatory. If you're curious on how a stiff, profit-drunk android like Mitt Romney can come within spitting distance of becoming one of the most powerful people in the world, read on.
• Must-read: the bedrock tomes of the free-market right
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Plume, 1959.
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman, University of Chicago Press, 1962.
• Debating inequality, capitalism, and democracy
The Reactionary Mind: a History of Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin, Oxford UniversityPress, 2011. (Lesson: Conservatives believe in preserving inequality.)
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life by Robert Reich, Knopf, 2007. (Lesson: Capitalism got intertwined with democracy in a weird way somehow.)
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life by Donald Trump, HarperBusiness, 2007. (Lesson: Being wealthy is really tough. As Mitt knows.)
• Higher financial callings
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber, Melville House, 2011. (How did debt become part of life? And why was money created, if not to simplify bartering?)
Fundamentals of Offshore Banking: How to Open Accounts Almost Anywhere by Walter Tyndale, independently published, 2009. (You know what to do with this! And so does Mitt.)