War and Gold
By: Kwasi Kwarteng
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In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors discovered the New World. The vast quantities of gold and silver would make their country rich, yet the new wealth, which was plunged into multiple wars,...Read more
In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors discovered the New World. The vast quantities of gold and silver would make their country rich, yet the new wealth, which was plunged into multiple wars, would eventually lead to the economic ruin of their empire. Here, historian and politician Kwasi Kwarteng shows that this moment in world history has been echoed many times, from the French Revolution to both World Wars, right up to the present day, when our own financial crisis saw many of our great nations slip into financial trouble.
About the author: Kwasi Kwarteng
A searing study of how the Spanish conquistadors introduced conflict for the sake of wealth shows that money and battle remain inseparable ... Few stones are left unlifted in this study, the...Read more
A searing study of how the Spanish conquistadors introduced conflict for the sake of wealth shows that money and battle remain inseparable ... Few stones are left unlifted in this study, the sub-title of which gives every clue as to its ambition Independent Here is a book that explores the financial cost of war, rather than the human ... Kwarteng is thorough and insightful, weaving a narrative that transports the reader convincingly through time and place Evening Standard As befits a highly intelligent man, the author describes these complex issues in an eminently digestible way ... Has he foretold the next catastrophe? Standpoint A complicated story well told, from which financial lessons emerge naturally without Kwarteng finding it necessary to bludgeon the reader with his message Financial Times A former financial analyst with an impeccable academic track record ... Aggressively intellectual ... An exciting political thinker Sunday Times A meaty, thoughtful and well-written book Literary Review Absorbing history of humankind's most enduring preoccupations - war and gold ... A fascinating, lucid and serious history of money, from the discovery of the wealth of the Americans to the present financial crisis The Times Enormously entertaining ... turns the evolution of money of the past 500 years into a rollicking narrative ... His book is so engagingly written that readers of all political persuasions should enjoy it Sunday Times This exhaustive and convincingly argued history of money comes from an author whose day job is to sit in the House of Commons ... He certainly understands the forces and the mistakes that have led to that destabilisation Observer This 500-year study of how cash and gold have affected high politics makes for surprisingly compelling reading The Times Culture
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