A global financial crisis in the middle of a U.S. presidential election toppled financial institutions and triggered government bail-outs. In the midst of it all, Americans elected their first African-American President, Barack Obama. In other news, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan and the Olympics were held in Beijing. Take a trip back to 2008 – the year that was too big to fail. I’ve compiled lists of the best films, music and books of 2008, according to the critics and bloggers who make those “Best of the Year” lists every December.