336 pages, 9.51 × 6.61 × 1.19 in
March 4, 2014
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.
“Martin provides us with startling insights in clear, intelligent prose. . . . You will emerge better informed, and also surprisingly entertained.” —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian“Martin’s book is breezy, fluent, discursive, and informed. It holds considerable appeal for investors, their bankers, and those drawn to the mechanics of wealth.”—Publishers Weekly“A genuinely informed analysis of the means and ways of money by an investor/economist. . . An easy, almost breezy analysis.”—New York Daily News“Money is a fascinating and entertaining pep talk for bankers, economists and armchair revolutionaries dissatisfied with the current financial system, and an attempt to galvanize them into action.”––The New York Times“This is an important book for all of us. . . . Fascinating.”—Rocket Builders “A sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of money. . . . There is a lot of good meat to chew on in this book.”—Slashdot“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." —Misha Glenny"Magnificent--hugely imaginative, clear, coherent." —Robert Skidelsky"Combines breadth of scholarship with a wealth of practical experience in tackling the most elusive of economic subjects--the nature of money" —John Kay"A most accessible and thrilling