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Lewis Lapham has compiled an Occupy Wall Street reading list that lends some historical perspective to the #OWS movement. As Lapham has reminded us in the past, via Goethe, “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth.” Here’s his list:
American Colossus—H. W. Brands The Barbaric Heart—Curtis White The Relentless Revolution—Joyce Appleby Theory of the Leisure Class—Thorstein Veblen Folklore of Capitalism—Thurman Arnold The Big Short—Michael Lewis Merchant of Venice—William Shakespeare Rameau’s Nephew—Denis Diderot Age of Greed—Jeff Maddrick The Politicos—Matthew Joseph Are We Rome?—Cullen Murphy Letter to Commodore Vanderbilt, Letter to the Children Who Sit in Darkness—Mark Twain Money and Class in America—Lewis H. Lapham