- Paperback: 534 pages
- Publisher: Melville House Publishing; Reprint edition (4 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612191290
- ISBN-13: 978-1612191294
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.8 x 21.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Debt: The First 5,000 Years Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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'Fresh...fascinating...Graeber's book is not just thought provoking, but also exceedingly timely.' - Gillian Tett, Financial Times
'One of the year s most influential books.' - Paul Mason, The Guardian
'The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate... It is a meditation on debt, tribute, gifts, religion and the false history of money. Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions.' - Peter Carey, The Observer
'The most important theory book I've read this year, an essential take on the current crisis by an anarchist anthropologist who combines credentials with readability.' - Laurie Penny's Book of 2012 in the New Statesman
'Brilliant, unexpectedly funny, and provides many bracing perspectives on the subject.' - A 2012 Book of the Year in The Spectator
'[Graeber's] writings on anthropological theory are outstanding. I consider him the best anthropological theorist of his generation from anywhere in the world.' - Maurice Bloch, Professor of Anthropology, LSE
'An alternate history of the rise of money and markets, a sprawling, erudite, provocative work.' - Bloomberg Businessweek
'A brilliant, deeply original political thinker.' - --Rebecca Solnit
'Savage capitalism is back and it will not tame itself.' David Graeber writes about the problems of capitalism in - --The Guardian
About the Author
David Graeber teaches anthropology at the London School of Economics. He has written forHarpers, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review. In 2006, he delivered the Malinowski Memorial Lecture at the London School of Economics, an annual talk that honors outstanding anthropologists who have fundamentally shaped the study of culture. One of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, Graeber has been called an anti-leader of the movement by Bloomberg Businessweek. The Atlantic wrote that he has come to represent the Occupy Wall Street message...expressing the groups theory, and its founding principles, in a way that truly elucidated some of the things people have questioned about it.
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Graeber is bringing to a popular audience the fruits of recent studies of ancient economies, primarily by anthropologists and archaeologists rather than by economists (who tend to just repeat Adam Smith or invent the evidence to fit their thinking.) Fans of this may like to progress to Michael Hudson's "Killing the host", or some of the academic collections co-edited by Hudson & Wunsch, or Randy Wray.
Not true....and if you want to find out why is this remarkably well researched book then this is the book for you.
On my second listening of the audio version!
A book that have expanded the orbits of my thoughts about the inner forces of our money driven society..
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