1936: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Author/Editor: John Maynard Keynes
As an economics student in the early 80’s, this book (or at least excerpts of it) were required reading in several of my classes. During those Reagan years, Keynesian thought was a bit out of favor in the political arena. The work was nevertheless a cornerstone work of economic thought that had to be dealt with by my generation of undergraduate economists. My familiarity with any of its contents has long since past. But in the ongoing debates about unemployment, national debt and the economy, Keynes continues to be the one economist (along with Bernake) that you’re either for, or against.