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Research for the Apocalypse
Published on August 24, 2011 by Sara Foss

Curious about what to read to prepare for the coming economic apocalypse?

The website i09 has helpfully compiled a reading list "packed with novels about what happens to the world after total or partial economic collapse."

I haven't read any of these books, but they all look pretty good.

I'd also recommend "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, which seems to suggest that no amount of preparation can help stave off the terrible effects of societal collapse. It's unclear what causes the apocalypse in "The Road," so perhaps the end of the world isn't rooted in economics so much as technology or environmental disaster. Regardless, I think "The Road" is good preparation for the economic apocalypse, because it makes it clear just how bad things could get. Read it at your peril, though - it will make you horribly depressed and possibly give you nightmares.

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