All incoming students at SMU will be reading The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine this fall. The book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis is about who knew the Great Recession was coming down the pike and why they were unable, or unwilling, to do anything about it.
Apparently, this “common reading” initiative has been going on for years at SMU. From the press release:
Past SMU common reading books include Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, How to Be Good by Nick Hornby,The Devil’s Highway by Luís Alberto Urrea, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
I’ve read the first two on that list. Does anyone recommend any of the others?