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Debt: The First 5,000 Years Hardcover – Jul 12 2011


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (July 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933633867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933633862
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By One Million Monkeys on Aug. 16 2011
Format: Hardcover
Everyone talks about debt but I can't think of anyone else who has so deeply explored its role in our history and culture. This book goes FAR beyond a discussion of debt issues in contemporary capitalistic society (thought it does plenty of that too). Graeber has done amazing research into debt's role in religion, revolutions, and political power systems across cultures and throughout history, and he has come up with surprising, counter-intuitive, and provocative results. This book will completely change the way you think about economics, morality, power systems, philosophy, and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WorldofHiglet on Feb. 1 2014
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I put 5 stars as a review because the book is compelling, enraging, essential reading and absolutely fascinating. However, how can I say I 'love' a book about how a system has been designed by the powerful to screw ordinary people over? I prefer 5 'recommend' stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay Franklin on Aug. 16 2011
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For something that's so occupied the news and politics globally since the Great Recession began, it's remarkable that no one has bothered to investigate the history of debt. Until now that is. Anthropologist David Graeber has brilliantly traced the origins of this curious human phenomenon all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia and has come up with some surprising conclusions. For instance, debt preceded physical money for hundreds of years. It's also inextricably linked to our concepts of morality and religion. And his investigation is not merely a Euro-centric view of how modern economy developed but one that spans the globe. This book is THE Big Idea book of the year. If you liked Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond or Salt by Mark Kurlansky, this book is for you.
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