Required Reading: 20 Books to Boost Your Financial Literacy

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Recommended by Editorial Director John Simons: 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics by Peter Sander (Adams Media, $14). Sander divides each of his 101 topics into two parts: “what you should know” and “why you should care.” Anyone who can crystallize credit default swaps in 500 words (which Sander does on page 161) earns my respect.

Recommended by Editorial Director John Simons: 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics by Peter…