If you are curious about your local politicians, this is a good reference point.
BULL! A History of the Boom, 1982 - 1999 - Maggie Mahar
What Drove the Breakneck Market - And What Every Investor Needs to Know About Financial Cycles (Dewey Decimal - 332.6427 MAH)
This book is an excellent condensation of the various events that led up to, occurred during, and evolved from the time of "irrational exuberance". It is informative and instructive, and a good read, too.
This a long document pertaining to my previous 2 posts - if you have the time, it's worth reading.