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Money - The Unauthorised Biography

Felix Martin

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From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind's greatest inventions. What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural and economic history, Felix Martin challenges nothing less than our conventional understanding of money. He describes how the Western idea of money emerged from interactions between Mesopotamia and ancient Greece and was shaped over the centuries by tensions between sovereigns and the emerging middle classes. He explores the extraordinary diversity of the world's monetary systems, from the Pacific island of Yap, where value was once measured by immovable stones, to the currency of today that exists solely on globally connected computer screens. Martin shows that money has always been a deeply political instrument, and that it is our failure to remember this that led to the crisis in our financial system and so to the Great Recession. He concludes with practical solutions to our current pressing, money-based problems. Money skips nimbly among such far-ranging topics as John Locke's disastrous excursion into economic policy, Montesquieu's faith in finance to discipline the power of kings, the social organization of ancient Sparta and the Soviet Union's ill-fated attempt to abolish money and banking altogether. Throughout, Martin makes vivid sense of a chaotic and sometimes incoherent system-the everyday currency that we all share-in the clearest and most stimulating terms. This is a magisterial work of history and economics, with profound implications for the world today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicholas Guy Smith

Length:

12h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:03


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:15


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:15


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:35


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:13


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:10


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:48


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:53


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:26


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:20


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:17


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:56


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:52


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:47


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:44


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:46


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:28


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

00:31