Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger
The book is an interesting account of financial cycles over the centuries.
Kindleberger covers a broad range of topics, such as:
- the history of crises,
- the anatomy of crises,
- credit expansion and speculative manias,
- central banking and financial crises,
- the international lender of last resort.
The full text of the book is available at http://www.nowandfutures.com/large/Manias,Panics,andCrashes.pdf