I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who wishes to understand the US economy.
His explanation of the role of risk and short-term debt in facilitating economic growth was outstanding. He is a brilliant teacher.
If you're going to read just one book on economics, read this. If you're going to read two, read "Economics in One Lesson" by Hazlitt.
I've listened to all the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin books and Cornwell's Sharpe series and scoured the bookstores for anything else that's in this category. The first book in this series was good--well worth reading. But he gets better with each book! This review doesn't have to go through the plot--it is certainly true that Russell and O'Brian use some of the same historical material, but these books are different enough and good enough to make them an excellent companion series to the best historical seafaring fiction of all time (Aubrey/Maturin). The last book makes ST Russell a solid second place, with many more books to be written. Who knows how much better he will get?
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