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5.0 out of 5 stars
A terrific book, 16 Dec. 2011
Not many people understand how the world got into such a financial mess. Philip Coggan is the best possible guide. He explains the world of finance with a clarity that is really quite surprising, given the complexity of the subject matter. And he tells stories that grip the reader from the start. Who knew that modern governments, with their overactive printing presses, had outdone the Roman emperors who debauched their gold coins by mixing them with cheaper metals? I can't recommend this book highly enough.