Economics in One Lesson
With the election of Francois Hollande in France, and likely the end to any EU austerity measures, I thought this was rather apropo.
Its a .pdf, relatively short read, and will teach you the basics in economics. Its a subject that I worry fewer and fewer people understand. It was written in 1946, but its surprising how relevant it seems to today’s world, and how backwards some things already were then.