Money was one of man's greatest inventions. But we have become its slaves.
Money: the Unauthorised Biography unfolds a panoramic secret history and explains the truth about money: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works. Martin believes that the conventional wisdom that today's financial universe evolved from barter, is wrong. Not just wrong, but dangerous.
Money will radically rearrange your understanding of the world and shows how money can once again become the most powerful force for freedom we have ever known.
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“Combines breadth of scholarship with a wealth of practical experience in tackling the most elusive of economic subjects - the nature of money” (John Kay, author of The Truth About Markets)
‘A most accessible and thrilling read. If you want to read just one book about money, this is it’ HA-JOON CHANG, Economist
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"Informative and sometimes counter-intuitive"
Interesting and informative book about origins of money and how different the reality is from that promoted by conventional economics. Draws on history, ethnography, economics and sociology (and probably other disciplines) to introduce and explore key concepts around money, banking, debt and more, highlighting the importance of developing accepted means of exchanging assets and debts. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of analysis in its specific historical and social context.
Engaging and wide-ranging.
"A good window to financial and economic turbulence"
A good book that has given me an insight to what really is money and why there esteem to recurrent economic turbulence that seem to hit us every now and then. More importantly thought is the attempt at an explanation also of why we don't seem to see the turbulence coming. Felix Martin has done a stellar job but the level of presentation is not commensurate with intellectual magnitude.
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