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I really enjoyed the authors' light approach to the subject yet the profundity of the parallels that they make had an accumulative impact on me as I went through the book. I picked up the parallels between banking and novel writing as creating a willingness to believe, to risk-take, to indulge in deceit and to create limitless possibilities. And when I paused to think where banking went after the repeal of legislation like the Glass-Steagall Act in the States and the appearance of negative interest rates in Europe & Japan, those parallels struck home. The only thing I could not work out is why there was such a long preamble dwelling on definitions. The contrast between the strictness of that content and the lightness in what followed made me feel I was emerging from the fog to appreciate distant views. Such definitions will be appropriate in a thesis but I'm not sure it's needed here. A Good Read and that's not just because my namesake was a teller in the bank of England in 1694, although, if it became known that the Irish Downes's were behind the creation of that English bastion, that might be a tool to poke holes in simplistic views of history.
It does have a slightly academic feel to it but it is a good story and extremely well written.
If you have an interest in 17th and 18th Century history and literature I think you will really like this book.