Fresh...fascinating...Graeber's book is not just thought provoking, but also exceedingly timely. ----Gillian Tett, Financial Times
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[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. -- --Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Business Week
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 --New Statesman
An alternate history of the rise of money and markets, a sprawling, erudite, provocative work. ----Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Business Week
Economic history states that money replaced a bartering system, yet there isn't any evidence to support this axiom. Anthropologist Graeber presents a stunning reversal of this conventional wisdom. For more than 5000 years, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods. Since the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans have been divided into debtors and creditors. Through time, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and the system as a whole went into decline. This fascinating history is told for the first time.
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