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So many words, so little sense.
on 25 September 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.
It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.
I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).