Money: The Unauthorised Biography

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Bodley Head, 2013 - Money - 327 pages
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What is money, and how does it work? The conventional answer is that people once used sugar in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia, and dried cod in Newfoundland, and that today's financial universe evolved from barter. Unfortunately, there is a problem with this story. It's wrong. And not just wrong, but dangerous. 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. Drawing on stories from throughout human history and around the globe, 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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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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