Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385678673
ISBN - 13: 9780385678674
From the Publisher
The essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand
how our economic system really works, what has gone wrong with it,
and what we can do to fix it.
What is money and how does it work?
The conventional answer is that once upon a time people exchanged
what they produced for what they wanted--cod in Newfoundland, sugar
in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia--and that today''s
financial universe evolved from barter. But there is a problem with
this story. It''s wrong. And dangerous.
Putting the record straight, Money:
The Unauthorised Biography draws on stories from around the
world and throughout history, from the primitive tribe using as
cash an enormous underwater stone wheel to the credits used by
modern-day babysitting circles, taking in along the way spendthrift
Dauphins, sixteenth-century vampire squid, rituals of sacrificial
feasts in Ancient Greece, and the credit crisis in Ancient Rome (an
eerie pre-echo of recent events).
In wonderfully witty and lucid style Felix
Martin unfolds this panoramic secret history and explains the truth
about money: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works. His
absorbing account will rearrange your understanding of the world
and show how money can once again become the most powerful force
for good. By misunderstanding money we have become its slaves. This
book sets us straight in order to set us free.
About the Author
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. The author lives in London, UK.
"Refreshingly free of jargon and long on ideas--including the
thought that if it's money that got us into our current mess, it's
money that can get us out."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"If you don''t know about economics, this is a really good
introduction. Gets right to the heart of it."
"Magnificent--hugely imaginative, clear, coherent."
"Combines breadth of scholarship with a wealth of practical
experience in tackling the most elusive of economic subjects--the
nature of money"
"A most accessible and thrilling read. If you want to read just one
book about money, this is it."