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  • Debt - Updated and Expanded

  • The First 5,000 Years
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. 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. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights but theme is hard to follow

  • By ProfGolf on 02-09-17

Holistically accurate and eye opening.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

So I’m not one to normally write reviews, but I Love this book. It’s nice to see facts listed and less emotion about topics of finance and debt.

The writer doesn’t push views upon you (even though it’s clear he has specific views in each subject) and instead only discusses the hows and the why’s according to history.

This is not a book revolving around coinage or paper fiat money, rather it’s on human nature and what all money really is and represents.

This book did not in any way influence my opinions, but rather showed me that I have opinions that I have never considered because of our reductionist society.

One of the best 4 books I have ever read and or listened to....

  • Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government

  • Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out Es / Employees...those "A Students" who read well, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries, and dreamers - entrepreneurs-in-the-making...those "C Students" who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications, and products. The audiobook urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids' "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, Horrible reader

  • By Devrin on 11-06-13

Very good book, but as with everything it is only a part of the story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Great book as part of the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series. Robert is one of my personal hero’s and speaks a lot of truth through the words written in this book.

Agree with him or not, It is not meant to coerce you, rather show you the other side of the coin.