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Money The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin
  

Money The Unauthorised Biography

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Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013.

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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Money The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin

Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013.

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.

Reviews

'It's a wealth of understanding for understanding wealth Esquire Combines breadth of scholarship with a wealth of practical experience in tackling the most elusive of economic subjects - the nature of money' -- John Kay

'Magnificent - hugely imaginative, clear, coherent' -- Robert Skidelsky

'A most accessible and thrilling read. If you want to read just one book about money, this is it' -- Ha-Joon Chang

'Martin's remarkable book, Money, is economic history - and indeed cultural anthropology - with a difference... His sparkling book is worth taking seriously' -- Raymond Tallis Prospect

'We should ask ourselves not just: what is the euro?; but also: what is money? An excellent new book, Money, written by the macro-economist Felix Martin, does just this' -- Ben Wright, Financial News

'Felix Martin condenses the broadest of subjects into a searing and potentially life-changing read that destroys all accepted knowledge of this thing we sell our souls for' Shortlist

'The virtue of Martin's book is that it exposes the deep flaws in the way we have traditionally thought about money. The exposition is clear. Fresh' -- Alex Brummer New Statesman

'If you don't know about economics, this is a really good introduction...gets right to the heart of it -- Misha Glenny

'I'm going to read Money by Felix Martin. I'm determined to find out how it works' -- Lucy Mangan, Stylist

About the Author

Felix Martin was educated in the UK, Italy and the US, and holds degrees in classics, international relation 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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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Felix Martin

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felixmartin.org/

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Hardback

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ISBN

9781847922335

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