A History of Money: From AD 800 Paperback – 1 Feb 1997
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The book itself is well structured and well written, with many interesting quotes. It is narrative, rather than analytic history. As the foreword states: 'This book will serve as an excellent introduction to the many topics in monetary economics that concern us today;... The book will have great appeal to those approaching the subject for the first time;'
Good stuff, all in all, but I had been looking forward to a book by the great F.Capie.
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Better books in this vein include Jim Grant's Money of the Mind", and Glyn Davies's "A History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day." Somebody should also bring Lloyd Mints's "History of Banking Theory" back in print.
"A History of Money" is your opportunity to finally replace misconceptions about money with hard facts in a narrative you can understand. In 29 in-depth chapters by economist John Chown, explore the first principles of money and get a narrative guide to making smart choices in the economy.
In the 29 chapters organized into three parts - Money as Coin [from 800 AD], Credit & Banking [1100 to 1847], Inconvertible Paper Money [to current] - you'll learn: how money works in a 'simple' system with only silver coins; why banking and credit developed to supplement what basically became a silver/gold, or bimetallic, system; how the greater part of money supply in most countries now consists of inconvertible paper, or fiat, money.
Crafted with the needs of individual people like you and me in mind, "A History of Money" is the best narrative about your economic health - one that will educate you, motivate you, and reward you from the first principles of money.
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