Book review: Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us

A cavalcade of books purporting to explain the roots of the housing crisis have emerged over the past few months, but Alyssa Katz's Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us stands out as the best one yet.

Beginning with Herbert Hoover's "Better Homes in America" campaign in the 1920s, Katz traces the merger of corporate and government interests that led to the cult of home-ownership and the housing boom and eventual bust.