I was looking for an educational review of trends in debt over time. This is an incredibly biased view delivered as a smug, self satisfied rant. Not worth listening to and wish I hadn't wasted my money.
Say something about yourself!
You must read this book.
It's simply one of the most useful books I've ever read, and well written to boot.
Disappointment. I thought the book would be considerable more academic and fact based. Instead is seemed to be a tirade, against the World Monetary Fund, Globalization. While the author seems well informed about the facts in the book, I noticed several basic factual errors. That combined with the authors obvious cynicism, and a healthy dose conspiracy theory made it difficult to take seriously.
I think the only people who will take the book seriously, and not realize how far fetched it is are people who already have a similar cynical view and WANT to believe this kind of stuff.
great as an audio book too. have a listen, enjoy the ride. peace out dudes
I only really enjoyed the first and last chapters, it gets at what I was hoping the book to be. I can understand other reviewer's frustrations of it being very rant-like and including a hell of a lot of tribal examples. I had to take a star off for the author's very superficial interpretation of scripture.
Loved David's sweeping, well researched account of the human evolution of debt. Will definitely reference this often in future conversations.
I truly do not understand the high ratings for this book. The author equates crony capitalism and predatory lending with true Capitalism. This book is fodder for college professors who have never worked a real job. Much of the books research is conjecture. Only the hard left will submit to the authors view points over Adam smith who author rejects out of hand. I understand people have a problem with too big to fail banks. Most everyone agrees the ties between government and these banks is a HUGE problem. But this is not capitalism. It is a bastardization of capitalism. The author identifies that everyday people are getting the shaft from the unholy alliance between the banks and government. But to throw away capitalism in it's entirety is a faulty idea. This book is fodder for left wing economic professors who have never had a real job. It is hard left drivel.
Love love love what I learned from this book. If you're at all interested in anthropology and have an interest in learning more about our current economic system from a historic, policy and cultural perspective, it's a definite must-read. It gets a bit hard to follow along as he delves into a lot of topics easier read and digested in writing, but even just half-paying attention you'll pick up a ton of fascinating tidbits and crazy, weird and funny stories!
It was a book about one person's notion that people should live without money and without debt -- we should all share what we have.
He used short anecdotes to support big ideas. Big ideas need a lot of data and many studies, especially when the big ideas are to forgive all debt and for everyone and eliminate the notion of money.
Consistent, pleasent, strong.
If you’re looking for that rare book about economics written by an anthropologist, then this book is for you. The author seems amused by all the major economists both past and present. His conclusion after 17 hours: forgive all debt for everyone and drop the foolish notion of money.