The Daily Mail recently touted Gary Sorman's book, "Economics Does Not Lie, A Defense of the Free Market In Times of Crisis" as a guidepost to how the United States can become even more prosperous.
However, I would also offer Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream" that brings into question the legitimacy of present-day capitalism and questions that very same prosperity.
Smith's book tells a different story of our economic growth, prosperity and gains in productivity between 1977-2007.
Two-thirds of the great amount of wealth amassed during this period was flowed to America's 1 percent. This wealth chasm is immense and threatens the very social fabric of our country.
"Who Stole The American Dream" tells us how it happened - the takeover of the political process by corporate interests, the wealth transfer from the middle class homeowners to banks, and the systemic barriers to rebuilding the middle class.
Smith offers a plan to "rise above the economics of selfishness and the politics of partisan advantage and revenge, and to re-knit the bonds of people committed to building a strong common destiny."
I encourage readers to read this book and understand why capitalism has hit the fan, as economist Richard Wolff states.