Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England: The Dark Arts of Projectors Paperback – 29 Jan 2016
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Though whisper it quietly, much of research in business would bore the bum off a buffalo. This on the other hand is an interdisciplinary masterpiece standing between English literature and Management which is an exciting tale of risk, danger, piratical endeavour, plunder, deceit and daring-do in the Age of Projects. It is a beautifully realised narrative interweaving the rise of the Bank of England with the economy of Scotland, Daniel Defoes biography and the story of Moll Flanders. It provides literary enjoyment and real insight into the contemporary world in equal measure. Its a treasure. --Professor Gibson Burrell, Management, University of Leicester
About the Author
Valerie Hamilton runs her own consultancy practice in the City of London focusing on managing change, and personal development for senior managers of large public institutions. Her early career was in teaching English Literature in schools and universities in the UK, Denmark and the US. Martin Parker is Professor of Organization and Culture at the University of Leicester School of Management, and author or editor of sixteen other books. He has worked at Staffordshire, Keele and Warwick Universities. He writes within the broad area of 'critical management studies', and is interested in practices and representations of alternative ways of organizing.
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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.
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