The Mises Institute has just republished Murray Rothbard’s book The Mystery of Banking. I hope to get this soon and add it to my reading list. This book in addition to America’s Great Depression, The Case Against the Fed, A History of Money and Banking in the United States, and What Has Government Done to Our Money? should help anyone to have a better understanding of the current crisis and the government bailouts. The problem is that many of our congressmen and senators don’t seem to understand basic economics or they do understand and are trying to use this crisis to nationalize as many industries as possible.
You can also read The Mystery of Banking for free at the Mises website by downloading the pdf of the book.