Go and Get These Books
Field Guide to the U.S. Economy: A Compact and Irreverent Guide to Economic Life in America, Revised and Updated Edition. I must say I'm biased, since I have several cartoons in this book. But it's a great guide that makes complicated economic concepts easy to understand with some help from cartoons by Tom Tomorrow, Jen Sorensen, Stephanie McMillan, yours truly, and more. Available now.
Ted Rall's latest book, Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East? is a must-read, especially now. It's not in stores yet, but I had the privelege of reading the proofs, and it's a gem: part graphic novel, part travelogue, with indepth guides to each of the countries in this volatile, crucial, yet often overlooked part of the world.