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The Mises Institute is pleased to present this audio edition of Rothbard's most famous monetary essay - the one that has influenced two generations of economists, investors, and business professionals. The Mises Institute has united this book with its natural complement: a detailed reform proposal for a 100 percent gold dollar. "The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar" was written a decade before the last vestiges of the gold standard were abolished. Rothbard's unique plan for making the dollar sound again still holds up. Some people have said that Rothbard tells us what is wrong with money but not what to do about it. Well, with the addition of this essay, the problem and the answer are united in a comprehensive whole.

After presenting the basics of money and banking theory, Rothbard traces the decline of the dollar from the 18th century to the present and provides lucid critiques of central banking, New Deal monetary policy, Nixonian fiat money, and fixed exchange rates. He also provides a blueprint for a return to a 100 percent reserve gold standard. The book made huge theoretical advances. Rothbard was the first to prove that the government, and only the government, can destroy money on a mass scale, and he showed exactly how they go about this dirty deed. But just as importantly, it is beautifully written. He tells a thrilling story because he loves the subject so much.The passion that Murray Rothbard feels for the topic comes through in the prose and transfers to the reader. Readers become excited about the subject and tell others. Students tell professors. Some, like the great Ron Paul of Texas, have even run for political office after having read it.

©2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute

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Worth it's weight in gold

Perhaps I come from a uneducated background but I suspect I'm typical of many middle class kids growing up who never give a thought to economics. A book or two on liberty and changed that and now I can't get enough of economics. Rothbard continues my learning curve with this book filled with a wealth of knowledge.

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  • Alex
  • Endeavour Hills, Australia
  • 11-12-12

Rothbard makes his case convincingly

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you want to know the history of money and what government has done to ruin it, this is the book for you. Makes an excellent case for the abolition of fiat currency and a return to gold as money.

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Well written, easy to understand even for an economic novice like myself.

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The narration was boring good book acted like he hated the goverment but a good book

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Very educational

I always enjoy getting many perspectives on a given subject matter and this met that need and more. It is one thing to get a lot of information but another to inspire you enough to really meditate on it and really way the possibilities.

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Great Content VERY boring audio.

The content was very interesting, but the reading was the most boring I have ever heard. I'm actually surprised I made it through. I should have purchased the physical book.

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A good application of Austrian economics

This book makes good use of Austrian economic theory to argue in favor of a 100% commodity backed currency.

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  • Philip
  • Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 01-20-16

Best writing about money and banking ever!

Best writing about money and banking ever Best intro to Macroeconomics too. Without this Macroeconomics makes no sense.

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Should be a high school required listen

This was well written and well narrated.
I think the last 100 years of economics in this world has brought all of us to our knees. All was okay with gold and silver being money for a good length of time. I think the people that took out gold and silver from being money, only did so for their own power and financial gain. It hasn't done the rest of us much good to being slaves to debt, wars and the destruction of Liberty. It's not far off that the dollar will be worthless as inflation is at an avalanche pace now.

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  • David
  • Visalia, CA, United States
  • 11-15-13

Interesting

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yes, I thought it was a very good read. I would definitely recommend this to others.

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Interesting book, I would recommend it.

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  • Richard
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-25-13

If you think you are being conned - you're right.

Would you consider the audio edition of What Has Government Done to Our Money? to be better than the print version?

What you have learned in university Economics classes is mostly wrong. This book, Murray Rothbard, and the Austrian School of Economics, will give you a complete education. Ludwig Von Meses, the founder of the Austrian School, explains everything in a truthful way. Murray Rothbard knows how to make Economics interesting. Jeff Riggenbach does an excellent job of reading. You will never look at the news the same way again. This book is highly recommended. I haven't read the print version of this book, but have read, and listened to other Rothbard and Mises works. Richard R., Toronto

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  • JayTe
  • 07-11-16

Excellent case for the uninformed

Excellent case for the uninformed to learn why printing of money is just theft and why everyone should be against it.