I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
This book is provides an interesting history of the evolution of currency and the effects of money-use on the civilizations that used them. The beginning was a bit slow and felt like an extended historical introduction (I actually stopped listening for a while before coming back to the book), but once I got past the first section, the story was very engaging and produced many interesting facts, histories, and a new perspective on modern day finance. 4 out of 5 due to the slow start, but very good for someone curious to know more about the basics of money history and some economics.
Very thorough history of the evolution of money
Yes. It would be too detailed for some.
There was a little history, but not much that many of us don't already know. There were some illuminating history concerning slavery, the Aztecs in particular. The evolution from barter to binary bit exchange is of value to someone with no knowledge of the subject.
I anticipated that the book would be about how money has evolved into something new. And indeed the book brings you right up to the current evolutionary stage, says we're on the brink of something big, and stops. I had hoped for a little more insight into the new world order. Instead I got to read a cursory history of how we got here. Mixed in is a lot of soap boxing about how money is the driving force of civilization and all that is good.
An anthropologist's view on money was very refreshing. We always think of money from the economist's perspective which can at times be a little dry. The author gives just the right mix of interesting tid bits on money and a constant theme to tie the book together...that while money has greatly advanced society, history repeats over and over the folly of too much money creation.
The book was well read so that it is easy to follow even at 3 times speed.
Very interesting book spanning the dawn of civilization to the modern age, revealing the effect money had on shaping civilization. Highly recommended for anyone interested in history or why the current global economy is how it is today.
things are not as simple as presented, and are not all from one point of view.
the "decimal money" did not allow chemistry to develop periodic table...
Qublai Han was not chinese, and paper money was part of a very dramatic changes the Mongols lead the world for, not a thing of its own. reading Gingis Han explains it excellent.
This book has absolutely no economic theory on the evolution of money and how it affects society. Rather, it is a thinly veiled political statement calling for the restoration of the gold standard. Now, that would normally be fine, but the author offers absolutely no credible debate on the pros and cons of his position. This book is full of strawmen, and the author jumps around in time with no thought to cause or effect. For example, he claims that Augustus' reckless spending near 0 B.C. caused the fall of the roman republic, 700 years later!. Do not expect this book be mentally stimulating.
The family or system control of money over the ages. Good big picture book. Just remember to read as many big picture books as you can since they are theoretical not 100 percent truth. Still, you can learn a lot from this book.
author has his own views (who does not) but defiantly learn some connections never thought of before.
A historical account informative, (some of the information is disturbing) and seemingly optimistic about the fluidity of the currency systems in the future... don't get left behind!