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Jay

Pelham, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (235)
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    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
    "Great and important book"
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    What did you love best about Debt?

    First off I loved the book, it is a very thoughtful, well researched takedown of the fantasies we have been thought in classical economics. The funnest thing about this book for me has been the laughter I get from my daughter every time I mention to her that she should read... Debt... The first 5,000 years. Ha ha h ah ha ayah aha a ahahahhahahahaha.

    I will keep trying


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, technology has finally caught up with human potential. In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

    Roy says: "Many Helpful Insights"
    "Big thought thinker thinking"
    Overall

    Great thinking from a big thought thinker but maybe more of a new yorker piece than a full blown book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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