Money: The Unauthorised Biography

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Bodley Head, 2013 - Money - 327 pages
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What is money and where does it come from? We may think we know the answers, but Felix Martin traverses the globe and delves into ancient history to radically reconfigure our understanding of man's greatest invention. Across the centuries and continents, currency has come in many different forms: sugar in the West Indies, nails in Scotland, tobacco in Virginia, dried cod in Newfoundland. But how did the concept of currency arise? Popular economics will tell us that today's financial structure evolved from bartering, mankind's oldest economic system. But this, says Martin, is a flawed history. Martin challenges the conventional perception of what money is and where it comes from. Man may have invented money, but we no longer understand it. In Money, he aims to reinform, and dispel this cloud of misconception.

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User Review  - lighten51 - LibraryThing

I found the book to be readable, but wordy in its explanation. At times it was dry, but what off-setted that was the practical ideas about money from its history and its modern applications. If there were more set points to remember instead of the wordy banter I would have liked the book more. Read full review

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Another confused book. Seems to think everyone else is confused, and there's more than a hint of arrogance about it. Foolish others, e tells us, think that "money" equals "coinage", but Martin knows ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Felix Martin was educated in the UK, Italy and the US, and holds degrees in classics, international relations and economics, including a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. He worked for the World Bank and for the European Stability Initiative think tank, and is currently a partner in the fixed income division at Liontrust Asset Management plc.

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