This book is packed with information and great for someone with some education in economics. Although he goes through everything thoroughly so a 'laymen' may understand, it may be a bit difficult to follow at times.
Surprisingly interesting, worthwhile
This book enlightened my understanding of so many events in history that I now look at through economic colored glasses. The success of Wellington against Napolean being more due to cash flow than military prowess for example. Or how civilization has progressed more from financial innovation than scientific invention. The narrator was both easy to listen to and understand and his pace is perfect.
The only shortcoming of the book for me was that the history is presented by topic more than chronological order. I found that sometimes confusing and think I would have followed better more of a chronological order were followed (hence one star lost for me).
Nevertheless, overall I highly recommend the book. I definitely I learned things that have made more financially savvy for the future!
I can't get enough of this Book. Easy to understand, amazing background storytelling
I love the narrator,great to listen to.
worth every penny; )
I wish there is part2..After all written in 2008.
I made the mistake of not knowing how boring much of the history that was being told was going to be. I think they could have done a better job telling more stories
It jumped all over the place in history, would have liked to hear more about the progression as it happened in order
Copywriter and avid information sponge. The more I can get into my head the better.
I HAVE to listen to it again. There was so much information stuffed into this book that I am sure I missed things. Maybe in two more listens I might grasp all of the facts and concepts in their entirety.
I have not read or listened to a book like this one before. I would describe it as a combo of history, statistics, and business textbooks with a fluid and engaging flow that keeps you interested.
I would have liked to, but I think my brain would have exploded. It was great listening in 5 hour chunks.
Definitely a worthwhile buy. Everyone in a business field should listen and learn from this book. We cannot fathom our future without understanding our history.
This is a good overview of the history and evolution of money, banking and finance. I think it would be better as a book to read. Some of the material is a little dry even for someone like me who is fascinated by finance. The book is a little out of date and was written just as the recession of 2008 was beginning to emerge so some of the discussion seems be missing content had it been written post-2010 or so. If you are interested in this type of material, I definitely recommend it, but I would suggest you read it rather than listen.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I didn't know if I would enjoy this book, but I found it held my attention quite well. It was entertaining and informative without being overly technical. Definitely worth my time and money.
I would only recommend this book to people who had an interest in money.
Things I especially liked about it were Otto von Bismarck advice to Germany's post WWI politicians, the discussion of the Bond Market and its beginning which were an after math of Waterloo, and the comparison of socialism in Japan and England. This was a very interesting and informative read/listen. I loved the book so much that I bought it in hard back afterword to have better access to the information.
The convenience of this medium is exceptional. I've been traveling a lot lately and am really glad I found audible.
None right now as this was my first financial history book.
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Overall, this was an excellent book. It was heavily weighted toward the last few centuries but did an excellent job providing an overview of the important financial developments and interrelationships that made the western world the dominant society within the modern world.