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3.0 out of 5 stars Rough diamond that requires some polishing, 5 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Debt: The First 5,000 Years (Kindle Edition)
This is an almost great book which will cause a seismic shift in the way most its readers think about money and debt. It is a genuine pity, therefore, that the editing of the published version is so shoddy. The prose is careless and repetitive and in one instance I even saw a remark by a reviser in square brackets, wondering whether it was clear to whom the subject pronoun of a sentence referred, which had not been erased in the final edit.
It seems that the book was brought out in too much of a hurry, perhaps to cash in on the author's current celebrity status as the mind behind the US anti-bank movement "Occupy Wall Street". The publisher need not have worried: the global financial crisis still has years to run.
"Debt: the First 5000 Years" deserves to become a classic in its field and hopefully it will help to change attitudes towards the current financial status quo. The subject matter is crucial and the author knows how to write for a lay public. All that is needed is a some professional, careful editing before the second edition comes out.
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