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Debt: The First 5,000 Years Paperback – 4 Apr 2013

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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 forHarper’s, 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 group’s theory, and its founding principles, in a way that truly elucidated some of the things people have questioned about it.”

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